Distinguished Alumnus:
Erica Buonocore '01
BS, Health Education

Erica Buoconore chose WestConn where she pursued a BS degree in Health Education with a minor in Spanish, graduating in 2001. During this time, she also spent four years on WCSU’s nationally ranked Softball Team, posting a win loss record of 115-42 during that time, where she served as team captain during her senior year. In December 1997, she joined the Connecticut Army National Guard as a combat medic with the 143rd Military Police Company based in Hartford, Conn.

After graduating from WestConn, Buoconore was an assistant softball coach at the University of New Haven until she received a health teaching position at Rochambeau Middle School in Southbury, Conn., beginning in the fall of 2001. She continues to teach health to grades 6 through 8, serves with Rochambeau’s Crisis Team and is a member of the school’s Faculty Advisory Committee. She is currently in the process of writing the new health curriculum with another teacher for the Southbury School System. Buoconore is expected to graduate from Southern Connecticut State University with her Master’s degree in School Health Education in December 2005. In addition to her teaching and coaching, Buoconore is also certificated as an Emergency Medical Technician-B, and certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator.

While at Rochambeau, Buoconore coached the Girls Basketball Team and was also an assistant softball coach at St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford. In 2003, her National Guard Unit was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. With the 143rd Military Police Company, she served in Baghdad, Iraq, as a unit medical noncommissioned officer. She returned to the United States with her Unit in April 2004.

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