Chris Avena
Title: Manager, Varsity Athletic Facilities
Phone: 203-365-7526
Email: avenac@sacredheart.edu

Christopher Avena joined the SHU Department of Athletics in July 2019 as the Manager, Varsity Athletic Facilities. In that role, Avena will have oversight of the Pioneers athletic facilities; including Campus Field, the Pitt Center, Park Avenue Field and Pioneer Park.

Avena is a 1991 graduate of Bryant University.

  • Avena spent the 18 months prior to joining the Pioneers at the Event Staff Manager and Assistant Manager of Operations at Webster Bank Arena
  • In that role, he trained and managed over 60 event staff employees for all arena events
  • He worked closely with the ice manager to maintain proper ice conditions and was the head Zamboni driver for the Pioneers men’s ice hockey team and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
  • Avena’s first contact with SHU came at the Milford Ice Pavilion, where he was the Pro Shop Manager and head instructor
  • After a 20-year stint in the financial industry, Avena returned to his hockey roots, as the retail store manager for Hockeygear.com