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Top Assistant Athletic Directors

By Jason Simon , 01/19/21, 1:30PM PST

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To be considered for this list one must be currently employed by an NCAA Division I school and not considered the head Athletic Director. 

After months of research and consulting with Coaches, presidents, search firms and numerous influencers in the basketball space - We present the Silver Waves Media Top Assistant Athletic Directors: 


Keli Zinn, West Virginia: Deputy AD

Zinn has helped to lead the Mountaineers athletic program to excel in football, basketball, golf, baseball, and many other notable sports. She is the athletic department’s primary liaison for the University’s central administration and works closely with WVU's general counsel, strategic initiatives, finance and human resources. In 2014, Zinn was appointed to interim Director of Athletics and became the first female to lead the University’s Athletic Department. In 2020, Zinn was inducted into the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ Hall of Fame. Other achievements include The Sports Business Journal naming Zinn as a recipient of the prestigious Forty Under 40 Awards in 2019, being honored as WVU’s Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in 2018, and being selected among the SportsBusiness Journal’s Game Changers in 2016. Zinn is a graduate of West Virginia University.

Shawn Hendi, Georgetown: Associate AD for Student-Athlete Health and Wellness

Hendi is a graduate of George Washington University and is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and the College Athletic Trainer’s Society. He has done past research on fifth metatarsal fractures and stress fractures in soccer athletes. He also serves as a clinical instructor for Shenandoah University and was elected President of the Big East Sports Medicine society in 2012. Hendi oversees the men’s and women’s track and field/cross country programs.

Dan Carlson, UAB: Senior Associate AD

Carlson oversees strength and conditioning, academic services, sports medicine and nutrition, and is the sport administrator for baseball, softball, track and field, cross-country, bowling, rifle and the dance/cheer teams for the Blazers. With over 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics Carlson is considered a veteran administrator. Prior to UAB, Carlson worked at Tennessee and played an important role for the athletics department that established record numbers in fundraising and saw several new athletic facilities funded and built.

Ashley Armstrong, LMU: Deputy AD

Armstrong represents LMU Athletics on the WCC Executive Counsel and oversees multiple sports programs including women's basketball, indoor and beach volleyball, softball, cross country, and track and field, as well as oversight of student-athlete success areas such as academics, life skills, mental health, training and strength and conditioning. Armstrong assists in the oversight of marketing, communications, ticketing, and multimedia rights for the Lions. She previously worked at UCLA where she served as an Associate Athletic Director for Sports and Administration. As a member of the sport supervision team, she had direct oversight of the men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s beach volleyball, and men’s and women’s water polo programs. In addition, Armstrong also oversaw the sports medicine department, student-athlete development programming and served as the liaison to the Title IX office. In the past, she served on the NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing committee and the NCAA Men’s Volleyball committee. Aside from her duties at LMU, Armstrong serves on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, and is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports.

Lindsey Babcock, Wake Forest: Deputy AD

At Wake Forest, Babcock manages athletics internal operations, student athlete services, student athlete development, and compliance and human resources. She previously worked at Kansas State where she was a member of the Wildcats athletic department executive and senior management team. As Executive Associate AD she led the K-State's compliance operation and served as campus Deputy Title IX Coordinator for athletics. After Kansas State Babcock went to the ACC, where she served as Assistant Commissioner of Compliance and Governance. Here, Babcock served as the primary contact for ACC institutional compliance staff members for all day-to-day issues as well as coordinating the conferences governing process. Babcock initiated the conference's rules education with its membership as it related to timely or nationally significant issues while also monitoring NCAA proposed legislation and national trends for the league's member institutions. She attended Elmira college where she was a part of the women’s basketball and softball programs.

Nina King, Duke: Deputy AD

King facilitates daily operation and oversight of the athletic department and serves as the liaison to the University Legal Counsel Office. She is also responsible for oversight of the Human Resource operation, the Recreation and Physical Education program and is the vice chair of the NCAA D1 women’s basketball committee. King also teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of Duke’s MBA program. In 2018, King was named to SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2018 which honors 40 executives for their services and excellence in their careers. She is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Sports Lawyers Association, University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club and the Florida Bar Association. Additionally, King serves on the Arizona State University College of Law Sports Law and Business Program Advisory Board as well as the Durham Academy Board of Trustees.

Monique Holland, Auburn Sr: Associate AD

Holland oversees sport administration, AuburnYOU, sports performance, and academics for the Tigers. She also serves as Auburn’s Deputy Title IX coordinator. Holland has over 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics including work at SMU, Alabama State, Georgia State, and ASU. At SMU Holland was responsible for providing regular updates to the Director of Athletics regarding the administration of SMU's 17 sports programs, including initiatives and activities related to student-athlete welfare, personnel, compliance, finance, equity and Title IX. In addition, Holland had administrative oversight of Business Operations, Internal Controls, Human Resources and Sports Performance. She has experience on the national level as a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Women Leaders in College Sports, and the Minority Opportunities of Athletic Administrators. Holland was an Academic All-American basketball player at Alabama State.

Melvin Robinson, Georgia: Assistant Athletic Director - Facility Operations

Robinson’s role includes supervision of all athletic facilities, budget managing, and oversight of facility/venue support and construction. Before Georgia, Robinson was an Academic Advisor at his alma mater, Clemson University. In that role, Robinson served as an Academic Advisor for the Men's Basketball and Men's Track teams. He also served as an academic counselor and math specialist at the University of Maryland from 2001-03, where he worked with the men's basketball and women's field hockey teams, two programs that have both won National Championships. He also has experience as a math teacher at Albert Einstein High School in Maryland, and Redland School Middle School in Rockville, Maryland. He was Math Department chair at Redland Middle School prior to returning to Clemson. Robinson also was the Head Coach of the Basketball and Baseball teams while at Einstein HS.

Tiffini Grimes, Alabama: Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA/Chief Diversity Officer

Grimes is the Deputy Director of Athletics at Alabama as well as a Senior woman administrator. She received her education from Purdue and Valparaiso University.

Matt Lisiewski, Dayton: Assistant Director of Athletic Development

Matthew Lisiewski is a consummate professional who is relentless in building and maintaining relationships with prospects, donors, alumni, coaches, administrators and university leadership.  He has worked for multiple national championship winning head coaches, including Naismith Hall of Famer Gary Williams.  It was these opportunities that allowed Lisiewski to refine his elite organizational skills and attention to detail. His most recent stop came at George Washington where he helped engineer a resurgence that earned the Colonials the 2016 NIT Championship and a school record 28 wins. From 2013 to 2016, GW experienced its winningest stretch in school history including three straight postseason appearances and a
42-6 home record which was tops in the A-10. Ever the savvy non-conference game scheduler Lisiewski helped GW obtain 14 victories against opponents from the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Pac 12 and SEC. Prior to GW, Lisiewski was on staff at Maryland and was part of three NCAA tournament appearances and the last ACC Regular Season Championship in program history. At Dayton Lisiewski was part of the team that completed the $76 million renovation of UD Arena which was the largest construction project in University history. These renovations helped UD secure hosting the NCAA Tournament First Four through at least 2026. 

Lizzie Gomez, Texas A&M Corpus Christi: Deputy AD for Internal Ops

Gomez is responsible for day to day oversight of several athletic department operations including budget and business operations, facilities and event operations, and human resources management. She is also responsible for overseeing the volleyball and beach volleyball programs. Her previous work includes time at CSUN where she had oversight of the Athletic Department's $15 million budget, Human Resources, the Athletics Business Office, Equipment and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and she served as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics. Prior to CSUN, Gomez was the Director of Compliance at the University of Oklahoma and the Associate Director of Compliance for the University of Maryland. Her duties then included providing compliance rules education to approximately 700 student athletes and 27 sports annually, overseeing all NCAA initial and continuing eligibility requirements and roster management. Gomez graduated Cum Laude from Flagler College where she was an All-American Scholar Athlete in women’s volleyball.

Lynda Tealer, Florida: Executive Associate Athletics Director

Tealer serves as Administrative oversight of men’s basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, softball, lacrosse, sports health, information technology, and human resources. Tealer was previously an Associate Commissioner for the Southland Conference. In her role there, Tealer served as its senior woman administrator and oversaw the league's regular season and championship competitions. She also assisted with administrative operations in addition to serving as a liaison for the coaches, championships, and senior woman administrators committees. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of San Diego where she was a member of the women’s basketball program and she also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, where she was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society.

E.K. Franks, Southern Miss Executive Senior Associate AD

At Southern Miss, Franks serves as the Executive Senior Associate AD for Student Athlete Services. Before Southern Miss, Franks was the director of recruiting at Arkansas where the Razorbacks averaged a top-25 recruiting class over his final three recruiting classes, including the best class in program history. Franks has over 10 years of collegiate experience including serving as associate head coach and running backs coach at Southeastern Louisiana. He has coached or trained multiple professional athletes, including Wes Welker, Terence Newman and Darren Sproles, and also has extensive recruiting ties to Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi. At Southeastern Louisiana, he tutored Xavier Roberson to multiple All-America honors. In 2012, Roberson and Rasheed Harrell teamed to make up one of the top freshman running back duos in the country under Franks’ leadership. Before Southeastern Louisiana, Franks spent two seasons as defensive line coach and head strength coach at Delta State. There, he coached a pair of first-team All-Gulf South Conference selections in 2011.

Jessica Reo, Temple: Executive Senior Associate AD

Reo is a veteran athletics administrator with 16 years on D1 senior staffs. Prior to Temple, Reo was responsible for student-athlete programming and oversight of the Student-Athlete Leadership Council at Florida International. At Florida International she was responsible for not only athletics compliance, but also student-athlete programming and oversight of the Student-Athlete Leadership Council. Reo also worked at UCF where she represented UCF in conference dealings pertaining to scheduling, championships and legislation. She also served as UCF's liaison for gender equity and Title IX issues. In addition, she was the administrator in charge of several UCF teams including women's rowing, cross country, men's and women's tennis and women's track and field. Reo, who represented UCF on multiple NCAA Committees during her tenure, was recognized in 2015 as one of the Top 10 Senior Women Administrators in all of college athletics by CollegeAD.org. She also was the varsity sport administrator for baseball and oversaw the renovation of FIU's baseball stadium in 2017.

Steve Duzan, Clemson: Senior Associate Athletic Director / Student Athlete Services

Duzan is responsible for all student athlete development and academic programming at Clemson. He is a member of the ACC’s Student Athlete Welfare committee, as well as the Initial Eligibility Waiver Committee for Educational Impacting Disabilities with the NCAA. Before Clemson Duzan worked at Florida State University where he served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services. During his tenure as Assistant Athletic Director at FSU, Duzan had direct oversight of all academic services for student-athletes, including monitoring academic progress and eligibility, budget management, tutoring, mentoring, advising and learning specialist. In addition, he served on various university committees directed towards student success and retention.Aside from his duties at Clemson, Duzan is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors and the National Academic Advising Association and is researching mentoring programs involving post-secondary students with the integration of technology.

Tim Collins, Fresno State: Sr Associate AD

Collins is responsible for leading and managing all development and fundraising activities for the Department of Athletics including supervision of fundraising staff in The Bulldog Foundation. He also serves as the primary liaison to The Bulldog Foundation Board of Directors. Prior to working for the Bulldogs Collins played an important role in raising the necessary resources for many capital improvement projects, elevating the annual fund and enhancing the student-athlete experience at Wyoming. He has further worked at other schools such as Cal St Fullerton, Chadron State College, and Lewis-Clark State College where he taught classes in the kinesiology department as well as teaching sports administration. Collins is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and earned his master’s degree from Chadron State.

Chris Plonsky, Texas: Chief of Staff & Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director

Plonsky supervises staff leaders in student services, equipment, compliance/risk management and sports medicine/health and wellness/strength performance. She is also a USA Basketball board member, a United States Olympic Committee member, a Collegiate Advisory Council member and an emeritus board member of the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame. Plonsky was previously a member of the NACDA Board, the LEAD1 board and has served NCAA committees on Academic Performance, Women’s Basketball Competition and NCAA Commercialization activities. She was the chair of the NCAA Division I Management Council in 2003.

Mike Penner, Ohio State: Executive Associate AD, Internal Operations

Penner serves as the lead administrator for the department’s facility operations, capital projects and athletic district development. He is also the President of the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association. At OSU Penner has provided oversight of fan experience and promotions, creative services, the OSU Golf Club, and camp staff. Penner is currently President of the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association and was selected as the inaugural CEFMA/GameDay Consulting Event & Facility Manager of the Year award recipient. Outside of athletics, he has taught classes in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business in the Sport Management program and has spoken on various event topics at national and regional conferences and local universities. He has worked at the NCAA Hoop City, OHSAA Tournaments for track, tennis, basketball, softball and wrestling, the Special Olympics State Summer Games and the Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest. He also provided leadership for more than $200 million of capital projects, hosted more than 100 NCAA championships and more than 40 Conference championships.

Stephanie Rempe, Louisiana State University: Executive Deputy AD/COO

At LSU, Rempe has oversight of every facet of the daily operations of the department of athletics and sports programs. Before LSU she worked at Texas A&M where she was a liaison between athletics and the 12th Man Foundation, system general council, Learfield’s multimedia rights relationship and was the sport supervisor for the football program. Rempe was responsible for the organizational structure of the department as well as numerous initiatives including collaboration across all units working with individual sports. Further, Rempe helped to increase focus on human resources with the recruitment, hiring, developing and retaining staff. In her college years at Arizona, Rempe was a four-year letter winner for the Wildcats volleyball team. She was inducted into both the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame and the Santa Barbara High School Hall of Fame.

Chris Carlson, UCLA: Associate AD

As associate AD, Carlson has oversight responsibility to multiple athletic programs at UCLA. He was previously the Director of Operations for the Bruin’s men’s basketball program where he was  a liaison to the athletic administration and other school officials.

Ryan Peck, North Texas: Deputy Athletic Director, External Operations

Peck is currently an executive senior associate AD for external affairs at North Texas. Prior to working with the Mean Green, Peck oversaw fundraising, ticketing, marketing, communications, corporate sponsorships, creative services and technical services at the University of Denver. In Denver Peck  secured more than 50 new scholarship endowments, achieved 100% student-athlete and staff giving, completed multiple capital enhancement projects, expanded media exposure across all sports, and was part of a department that captured numerous I-AAA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cups. Peck was a four-year student athlete for the men’s soccer team at Lander University where he earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration.

Chris Maitre, Tulane Executive Associate AD, Business and Operations

At Tulane, Maitre oversees facility management, capital projects, business office, equipment operations and event management for the Intercollegiate Athletic Department. He currently manages the operations of Tulane’s newest facility; Yulman Stadium, along with recently renovated Devlin Fieldhouse, the Hertz Basketball/Volleyball Practice Facility and Turchin Stadium, as well as the Wilson Center. Maitre is a member of multiple committees such as Capital Planning & Budgeting, Fiscal Affairs, and Space Management and Compensation Review across campus. Outside of athletics, Maitre is a professor in the Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and teaches two sections on business leadership and management practices. He is a current member of NIRSA, NACDA, CABMA, and CEFMA and has presented at many of those conferences and holds certifications from each of the associations.

Bryan Blair, Washington State: Deputy Director of Athletics/Chief Operating Officer

Blair oversees day to day functions of the athletic department and supervises student athlete development, strength and conditioning, equipment services, and more. He played a key role in the hiring of head football Coach Nick Rolovich, head men’s basketball Coach Kyle Smith and head baseball Coach Brian Green. All three hires have been highly admired by national media. Blair helps manage the Cougars relationship with Nike and serves as the department’s first ever Chief Diversity Officer. Since arriving at WSU, Blair has led several diversity and inclusion initiatives, including the formation of the department’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council in August of 2019. In 2020, he was selected to the National Sports Forum’s Steering Committee which is the largest annual cross-gathering of sports executives from marketing, sales, sponsorship, and more.

Kelley Kish, Winthrop: Sr Associate AD

Kish is a member of the executive staff with direct oversight of the budget and sport administration and serves as an administrative member of the Winthrop Faculty Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. At Lake Erie College she achieved great success earning G-MAC Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championships in women’s Lacrosse, wrestling and men’s soccer. She also initiated a mentorship program at Lake Erie with a local high school and signed a department wide apparel and equipment contract. Kish also received the NCAA DII Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant to establish a fully funded position in fundraising, events and student-athlete enhancement for the department. Outside of Winthrop, Kish serves on the Board of Directors for Women Leaders in College Sports, chairing the Nominating Committee with previous stints on the Title IX Committee, Tampa Convention Local Organizing Committee and as a convention speaker. She also founded and co-facilitated the Director of Operations Circle.

Bill Kennedy , ASU: Associate AD

Kennedy works closely with student athletes and is currently the staff advisor of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and works with the student-athlete code of conduct and drug testing programs. He assisted in a 39% student attendance increase in football and an 110% increase in men’s basketball, with the seven largest student crowds in football and nine of the top-ten largest student crowds in men’s basketball. In addition, Kennedy manages Sun Devils Serve and the Sun Devil Athletics Community Service program. He also assists with stu­dent-athlete on-campus housing, teaches a student-athlete orientation course and oversees the Information Technology and Videography departments.

Daniel Garcia, UTEP: Associate AD / Business, Finance and Facilities

Garcia oversees all financial activities within the department, as well as the budget and also acts as the point of contact for all athletic facilities. He is a UTEP alumni where he double majored in management and marketing and in 2012 he received his MBA with a concentration in finance.

Calvin Williams, Purdue: Associate AD

Calvin Williams was a former football player for Purdue, and now serves as a sports administrator for six of Purdue’s athletic programs: men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling. He is also a member of the senior administrative staff. In addition Williams oversees initiatives that strive towards creating a place of gender equity and minority enhancement in Purdue athletics, and aides in the department’s diversity programs. Williams also serves on the Athletics Council, where he is able to report back to the president’s office regarding any matters in Purdue’s athletic department. He is the acting Sports Management Council representative for the Big Ten conference, and currently acts as the liaison to the wrestling coaches in the Big Ten.

Lauren Adee, SMU: Senior Associate AD

Prior to joining the SMU staff, Lauren Adee graduated from Temple University. She joined SMU in the Sr. Associate AD position in 2018 and currently oversees strategic planning, Title IX, equity and inclusion, internal controls (Business & Finance, HR, Legal Affairs), Life Skills, professional development and special projects. She is also the sports administrator for men’s basketball. In her time at Temple, Adee assisted in helping the program achieve three consecutive years of record fundraising numbers. She helped increase their giving rate by members of their Owl Club by over 25%. Prior to her work at Temple, she was the Director of Annual Giving for the University of New Mexico. Adee is also a graduate of Temple University.

Kristine Fowler, Army West Point: Senior Associate AD/SWA

Fowler joined the Army West Point team in July of 2019 as a member of the Executive Staff, where she oversees and manages the Human Resource Office, serves on several Patriot League Governance Committees, and directs the Cadet-Athlete Welfare Program, while developing and executing the Leadership Development Programming for the department. Prior to joining the West Point team, she spent seven years at Indiana University, her last two as the Senior Associate Athletics Director. There, she coordinated sports administrators, overseeing department policy and procedures, and she represented IU on the Big Ten Sports Management Committee. Fowler went to Indiana after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director at Kansas for six years. Fowler is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, and got her masters in sports administration from Barry University.

Colleen Sorem, Maryland: Deputy AD

Sorem was named Maryland’s Deputy AD in July of 2019 and is the second-in-command administrator, tasked with overseeing day-to-day operations of the department. She is also the CFO and in charge of managing the budget. She supervises the women's basketball, women's lacrosse and women's golf programs at Maryland. She is the secondary sport administrator for the football program and coordinates football scheduling. Previously, she was the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations where she had direct oversight of multiple units, including, but not limited to, business operations and facilities. Sorem played a major role in the execution of a brand new multimedia rights agreement for Maryland, which represented a $30 million increase from their former contract, and she was also able to use her financing skills to gain major technological or equipment advancements for Maryland’s sports facilities. Sorem graduated from James Madison University in 2000.

Jim Curry, Florida State: Senior Associate AD

Since 2016, Curry has served as the Seminole’s Senior Associate AD. He serves as the sport administrator for the football program, including responsibilities for football scheduling, personnel management, strategic planning, budget oversight and postseason administration, as well as overseeing men and women’s tennis and providing oversight for the athletics department equipment office. Curry recently completed a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Initial-Eligibility Waivers Committee, having served as the chair of the Transcript-Change/GPA Subcommittee for two of those years. Prior to serving as Florida’s Senior Associate AD, Curry served as the university’s Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Her served in the same role at other prestigious universities prior to this, such as Maryland and Coastal Carolina. Curry is a graduate of Dickinson College, where he was a player on the football team and a student athletic trainer.

Branson Sosna, USC: Senior Associate Athletic Director

Sosna joined the Trojans as their Senior Associate AD and Chief of Staff in 2019. He was named in Forbes’ prestigious “30 Under 30 Sports” list in 2019 as well as the “New Voices Under 30” ranking by Sports Business Journal. In 2019, Sosna was Cincinnati's chief revenue officer, where he oversaw all aspects of the athletic department’s external operations. Sosna spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he was promoted to be the club's salary cap and contract analyst in May of 2018 after first serving in the football administration department. In 2017 he was named in “Rising 25 Presented by Teamwork Online” by Front Office Sports where he was highlighted for being a  top 25 sports business professional who was 25 and younger He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015.

Chris Freet, Kansas: Deputy Athletics Director

Freet oversees all external business, including communications, video production services, social media, fund raising, trademark licensing, public relations and marketing and fan experience, as well as partnerships. He joined Kansas Athletics in 2018 and also serves on the advisory board for the SEAT Conference and was previously on the marketing advisory board for InStadium. Prior to Kansas, Freet spent 4 years at the University of Arkansas. At Arkansas, he oversaw the department’s external areas, such as marketing or trademark licensing. He was also the department’s liaison with the SEC. Prior to Arkansas, Freet spent 4 years at the University of Miami, where he was the director of marketing, communications, and ticket sales. Freet is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara.

Eric Roedl, Oregon: Deputy Athletic Director

Since being named Deputy AD for the Ducks in 2016, Roedl serves as Chief Operating Officer of the university’s athletic department. He has oversight responsibility for areas such as business/financial operations, long-range planning, human resources, contracts, equipment operations and Olympic Sport strength and conditioning. He also serves as the sport administrator for the Ducks’ baseball and men’s and women’s tennis programs and assists with administration and oversight of the football and men’s basketball programs. Roedl also represents the Pac-12 and Oregon in the NCAA’s Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee. Most recently, he had served as their deputy athletics director, but previous roles include overseeing business and financial operations and serving as their CFO. Before joining the Duck’s team, Roedl spent eight and half years at Temple University serving in roles that oversaw both internal and external operations.

Wendy Meyers, Pitt: Executive Associate Athletic Director

Meyers has been a part of the Pitt Athletic Department since 2006, but was named Executive Associate Athletic Director in 2016. In this role, she provides advisement to the athletic department in areas such as the budget, human resources, and the department’s information technology programs. Meyers also serves as the administrator for the Pitt band, and she works with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and NCAA, as well as other constituents, on the overall administration of the athletic program. Before taking on her current position, Meyers played a large role in transitioning Pitt into the ACC. She worked closely with the department to prioritize needs and establish a financial plan that would create the most success for the players and coaches. Prior to joining the staff at Pitt, Meyers worked at UNLV, where she had a multitude of responsibilities, such as the oversight of business and financial operations, human resources, and scholarships.

Kristin Williams, Memphis: Assistant AD/Academic Services

As Associate AD, Williams conducts all initial eligibility PSA evaluations while continuing her role as the counselor for men's basketball. Prior to this role, Williams was an Academic Counselor for the Memphis sports programs such as basketball, softball in 2012, but began her work at Memphis in 2008. In addition to serving as associate director, Williams is a member of the National Association of Academic    and Student-Athlete Development Professionals.

Carla Criste, Navy: Assistant AD/Physical Mission

Prior to joining the Navy staff as Assistant AD, Criste spent 27 years coaching the Navy women’s track and field program. She led the program to six Patriot League team titles with 120 individual Patriot League champions and 20 championship relay teams. Criste also encouraged her students to do their part in the classroom, and fifteen of her student-athletes were named to the Patriot League All-Academic team, with two being named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the year. In 1995, Criste was the coach of the U.S National Track and Field team, and she led the team to wins. Before she joined the academy in 1991, she spent 3 years at George Mason, where she was an assistant to the women’s track program. She graduated from Penn State, where she lettered all four years in track, and she was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1986-91.

Patrick Dunkley, Stanford: Deputy AD

As Deputy AD, Dunkley oversees legal affairs, NCAA compliance and risk management, and human resources.  He also is the sport administrator for indoor and outdoor track and field, cross-country, baseball, and is the secondary administrator for men’s basketball. Dunkley joined the athletic staff after spending a decade in the Office of the General Counsel, where he spent time as the athletic department’s legal counsel. Before his time in the legal department, Dunkley spent eight years as a public accountant, and, prior to his arrival at Stanford, he was a vice president in the legal department at Charles Schwab. Dunkley graduated with a degree in business administration from San Jose State in 1982 and earned his law degree from Santa Clara in 1990.

Paul Pogee, North Carolina: Associate Athletic Director

Pogee joined the UNC staff in 2012 and is now the Associate AD. His responsibilities include working with the General Counsel's Office on legal issues affecting the Department and overseeing risk management, contracts, and the UNC Department of Athletics Football Agent and Advisor Program. He also is the sports administrator for the men’s golf team and oversees the Ticket Office and the department’s drug testing. Pogee’s initiatives in his work led to some of the nation’s largest increases in attendance for men’s basketball. Pogee came to UNC after spending three years at the University of Denver, where he oversaw areas of development and marketing. Prior to his time at Denver, Pogee was a football operations intern for a year and a half with the Arizona Cardinals. He graduated from Notre Dame.

Missy Conboy, Notre Dame: Senior Deputy Athletics Director

Conboy has spent 30 years in the Notre Dame athletic Department. As Senior Deputy AD, her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, overseeing the Center of Excellence for Sport Operations and Community Commitment, which includes new construction, facility development and renewal, management and marketing, event management, and game day operations. She is also the sports administrator for the women’s volleyball team. Conboy also oversees some of the internal operations, and she is the university’s primary liaison with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). She is currently a member of the NCAA Committee of Infractions and serves on the board of directors for the Women’s Leaders in College Athletics and the Institute for Sport Law and Ethics. Conboy served six years on the Men’s Division I Tennis Committee, and played a crucial role in bringing the 1994 Men’s Tennis Championship, and the 1998 Women’s Tennis Championship to Notre Dame’s Campus. She played four years on  Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team, and was captain her senior year.

Ted White, Virginia: Deputy Athletics Director

White was named Deputy AD for Virginia in 2018. In 2021, his roles were expanded to encompass oversight of developing and maintaining strategic partnerships and developing a comprehensive plan to advance recruitment and philanthropy for the athletic department. He also is part of the ACC’S Committee for Racial and Social Justice, which was created in June of 2020. Prior to arriving at Virginia he served as senior associate AD for UGA in 2011, where he was in charge of the oversight of academic services for over 600 athletes. He was then promoted to Deputy AD at UGA in 2018. The past three years at UGA he also oversaw important aspects of student wellness, like nutrition and sports medicine. White also spent time as the director of the Academic Center for Student-Athletes at LSU from 2003-06. White is a graduate of University of California, San Diego.

Adrianne Swinney, UConn: Chief Operating Officer/SWA

Swinney is in her second year as COO and Senior Woman Administrator for UCONN. She is responsible for day to day operations of the department with oversight for all internal units and communications. She also serves as a liaison to many campus units, including, but not limited to Admissions and Community Standards. She is the sports administrator for football, men’s soccer, softball, and swimming and diving. Prior to joining the UConn staff, Swinney served as Deputy AD/SWA at University of North Carolina Wilmington. She was promoted to Senior Associate AD after only one year on their staff. Her career began as a certified Athletic Director, and she served as an Assistant Athletic Director at Jackson State University, where she later served on their staff as an Associate AD and SWA from 2010-2014. Swinney is also very involved in each campus she has worked at, and is currently on the President’s Task Force for Student Mental Health & Well-being at UConn. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University.

Larry Naifeh, Oklahoma: Executive Associate AD

On top of being an Oklahoma graduate, Naifeh has spent 25 years on staff with Oklahoma, and he began his journey in the athletic department in 1991. Prior to this, he served on OU’s legal counsel. His responsibilities include contracts and other legal issues, capital improvement projects and funding, fiscal and strategic planning, facilities and event operations, risk management, the men's and women's golf programs, and special projects. Naifeh has overseen the multi-million dollar capital improvement in projects for all sports that has led to the expansion and renovation of many OU sports facilities. Naifeh joined the OU staff after spending seven years as the assistant city attorney for the City of Oklahoma City.  He was also the recipient of the 2009 All-American Football Foundation Outstanding Executive Associate Athletics Director Award.

Marissa Nichols, Cal Berkley: Associate Athletic Director/Student Athlete Development

Dr. Nichols was named the first ever director of Berkley’s newly formed Cameron Institute in 2019. Nichols is a national leader in the field of the development of student-athletes, which is exactly what she is able to accomplish with the Cameron Institute. She is heavily involved in NCAA leadership development programs and has given numerous presentations at the annual National Association of College Directors of Athletics. Prior to her time at Berkley, she spent two years at Boston University, where she was their first ever Director of Leadership & Career Development. At BU, Nichols had sole oversight of 13 different personal leadership and career development initiatives, and created and managed over 25 community and campus partnerships as well. Nichols is a graduate of UNLV, where she was a former NCAA Women of the year finalist and first-team All-American softball player.

Lynn Holleran, Penn State: Deputy Director of Athletics, Administration

Holleran joined Penn State in 2015, after 12 years at Minnesota. In her time there, she was the director of the Academic Center for Student Athletes, where she supervised an academic support operation that served approximately 750 student-athletes in 25 varsity programs. Prior to joining the Minnesota Athletic Department, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, where she helped the president and staff  with strategic planning and supervision of multiple areas, but specifically intercollegiate athletics. Before joining the Minnesota team, Holleran served as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Boston College from 1999-2003. There, she oversaw Title IX adherence for all 31 programs.  She is a graduate of Beloit College, where she was a standout three sport student-athlete.

Angie Boyd Keck, Tennessee: Senior Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator

Keck serves as the sport administrator for women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing and volleyball as well as working closely with the SEC and the NCAA as Tennessee's Senior Woman Administrator. Her duties include monitoring and directing sports programs in all aspects of operations, budget planning, resource allocation and scheduling. She is also in charge of evaluating the conduct of many of Tennessee’s sports programs. In the fall of 2019, Keck began a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee. Keck also assists with faculty renovations and construction designs, as well as the fundraising to support these renovations. For assigned sports, provides input for marketing and promotion plans. Keck began her career in intercollegiate athletics as an assistant coach for the Tennessee women’s golf team in 1994-1995. She was a graduate of Tennessee in 1994.

Marc Hill, Kentucky: Deputy Athletics Director

Hill has been a part of Kentucky Athletics for 22 years, and was named Deputy AD in 2020. He oversees the UK Football program and adds oversight of several UK Athletics department units, including Academics/Student Athlete Experience, Internal Operations, Athletic Development & Performance, and Diversity Equity Inclusion. Hill is the primary sports administrator for UK football, so he oversees the day-to-day operations and budget as well as acts as a liaison between the program and athletic department. From 2013-2020, Hill served as the Executive Associate Athletics Director, where he oversaw all internal operations for the department, such as capital projects and facilities. He spent two years as the sports administrator for the UK baseball team, including in 2012, which was the most successful season in the history of the team. Hill came to Kentucky from the University of Arizona, and he spent 11 years and the director of strength and conditioning for all 22 UK sports programs, and he had direct supervision of football.

Herman Frazier, Syracuse: Senior Deputy Athletics Director

Frazier has more than 40 years of experience in athletic administration, including eight years as athletic director, but he joined Syracuse in 2011. In 2016, he was named Senior Deputy AD, and he now oversees all internal operations, serves as the sport administrator for volleyball, softball and women’s rowing, and is the secondary administrator for football and men’s basketball. Prior to joining the Syracuse staff, Frazier was the senior associate athletic director for sports administration at Temple University. There he supervised a multitude of their sports programs, and was the liaison in the administration for things like budget, compliance, and academic support. Frazier was awarded the NACDA Pioneer Award in 2012 for his position as Chef de Mission for the 2004 Olympic Games.  He was an eight time All-American for track at Arizona State, and won the gold medal in the 4x400 relay race in the 1976 Olympics.

Dawn Rogers, Baylor: Deputy Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator

Rogers was named Deputy AD and SWA at Baylor in June of 2017. Prior to this, she has a long list of accomplishments and served as Executive Director and CEO of the Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee (LOC), where she was responsible for the overall direction of the 2017 Phoenix Men's Final Four. At Baylor, Rogers provides oversight of the Student Athlete Success areas that includes academic services and student-athlete development. Prior to her success with the Final Four, she spent nine years as Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Women’s Administrator at Arizona State University. She was directly responsible for overseeing the welfare and success of student-athletes. While at ASU, she was active in the Sun Devils Club, where she worked closely with donors to secure major gifts for the school. She worked closely with the Pac-12 and was in charge of scheduling television events for many of ASU’s athletic programs. Rogers is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she lettered in volleyball and track and field.

Derita Ratcliffe Dawkins, Arkansas: Deputy Athletics Director/Student Athlete Wellness/SWA

Dawkins, a graduate of James Madison University for her undergraduate degree, has over 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics. She joined the Razorbacks in May of 2017 where she now serves as the sport administrator for women’s basketball and the men’s and women’s cross country/track & field programs. She also provides supervision of the department’s student-athlete development program, including career services, the department’s sports performance services, including athletic training, strength and conditioning, psychological services and nutrition programs. Prior to her time at Arkansas, Dawkins spent eight and a half years as a Senior Associate AD/ Senior Women’s Administrator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At UAB, she oversaw a multitude of different sports programs, and coordinated the planning and implementation of the Title IX rule.

Joe Gervais, Vermont: Associate Athletic Director

Gervais has spent 29 years as a part of the Vermont athletic staff, and he was named Associate AD in 2007. He oversees NCAA Compliance functions and serves as sport administrator for men’s and women’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse. He also serves on the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee as well as on the athletic department leadership committee. Gervais was a Vermont graduate, and returned in 1992 as an assistant ice hockey coach. He was also an English teacher and assistant football and hockey coach at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. In 2000, he helped develop a Life Skills program for Vermont. He also developed the curriculum for a Student-Athlete development course that is required for all first year intercollegiate student-athletes to help promote their well-being and healthy habits.

Andy Lane, Lipscomb: Associate Athletic Director

Lane is a graduate of Lipscomb, and as Associate AD, he is responsible for all Athletic Development initiatives including the oversight of the Athletic portion of Lipscomb's current development campaign. Lane is in his 25th year in the Lipscomb athletic department. He has an extensive list of accomplishments within the athletic department and has transitioned from garnering national attention for Lipscomb through his work in marketing to help steering the university to NCAA Division I status. Prior to becoming Associate AD, Lane served in the department in the Sports Information sphere and helped the department garner national news through ESPN, CNN, and Sports Illustrated. Lane has experienced many amazing things in his time at Lipscomb, like attending every Lipscomb Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony since Fessor Boyce's inaugural induction in 1986 and being in Dayton, Ohio to watch the Lipscomb Volleyball team play in its first-ever NCAA Tournament.

Jean Gee, Montana: Senior Associate AD/SWA

Gee, a graduate of Montana in 1995, was named Senior Associate AD and SWA for the Grizzlies in 2004. Her responsibilities include overseeing all NCAA compliance operations and athletic academic services, being the department’s Title IX liaison, and being sports administrator for softball, soccer and volleyball. Gee is also Currently serving a three-year term on the NCAA Division I Council and Football Oversight Committee. From 1999-2003, Gee served as the Coordinator of Athletic Academic Service and helped the administration connect directly to the student-athletes. She received both her Bachelors and her Master’s degree from Montana. 

Phil Wang, UC Irvine: Senior Associate Athletic Director - External Affairs

This year is Wang’s seventh year as Irvine’s Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. In this role, Wang oversees the areas of Camps and Clinics, Corporate Partnerships, Fan Experience, Marketing, Media Relations and Ticketing. He also manages all business agreements or partnerships for the athletic department with corporate partners, such as Adidas. Wang graduated from UCLA, and worked there for eight years as their Director of Finance prior to joining the Irvine staff.

Steve DiTolla, Cal State Fullerton: Senior Associate Athletics Director

DiTolla is a member of the senior management team and provides administrative and strategic leadership for the department. In addition he oversees marketing and brand management, facility improvements, and event operations. DiTolla served on the Fullerton campus as an associate athletics director and interim athletic director. He is also proudly part of nearly all of the success in the Titans athletics programs. DiTolla established the Titan Athletic Hall of Fame and has assisted the Titan Sponsorship program for years. DiTolla graduated from University of Arizona. He started working in the sports world by being the assistant ticket manager of the Denver Nuggets and then went on to the Director of Promotions and marketing at University of Colorado.

Dan McIver, Northern Kentucky: Deputy Athletic Director

As the senior associate AD for business and finance, McIver oversaw financial operations for Norse athletics and he also supervised multiple departments. Under McIver the marketing, ticketing and promotions department has seen tremendous growth in terms of ticket revenue and attendance. McIver also oversaw the financial operations of the athletics department and Kress Events CEnter at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before he landed in Northern Kentucky. While he was there, he also served as the sports supervisor for the mens and womens soccer, nordic skiing, softball, and swimming & diving. McIver received his Bachelor's Degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. While he was a student, he assisted in the University Business and Finance office.

Allison Rich, Princeton: Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA

Rich has been working in athletics administration for years but recently began her duties as Senior Associate Athletic Director where she overlooks most day-to-day operations in the sports programs. Besides Princeton, Rich worked in the athletic departments of Universities like Florida State, Cal State Fullerton and Loyola University Chicago. Adding on, she is also a member of the Sports Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors where she chaired committees including sponsorship, and philanthropy. She is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Womens Leaders on College Sports and NCAA Division I Infraction Appeals Committee. Adding on, she currently holds her bachelors degree in history from Princeton, a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and an Ed. D. from university of Pacific.

Nathan Fry, Harvard: Senior Associate Athletics Director

Fry serves as the primary sports admin for mens and womens soccer, golf and basketball. Besides his athletic responsibilities for the university, he also provides academic and social guidance for the Harvard upperclassmen. Adding on, he is a member of the prestigious Christian Traveling Fellowship Prize selection committee and the Shaw Summer Traveling Fellowship selection committee at the Office of Career Services at Harvard. In college, Fry earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Southern Indiana but completed his Masters in sports administration at the University of Southern Mississippi. He was one of the featured speakers at the Alumni Speaker Series at Southern Indiana and previously served as the AD of Council of Ivy Group Presidents.Fry oversees everything in the admissions and recruitment process for athletics, academic integration, campus relations and the compliance department. 

Elizabeth Donohue, Marist: Associate Athletics Director/SWA

Donohue currently works at Marist College where she holds an Associate AD/ Senior Woman Administrator position with pride. Donohue has served on several committees, including the NCAA Steering Committee, Colleges Strategic Planning Committee and Marists Professional Women's Mentor pilot program. Before her current position as Associate Athletic Director, Donohue oversaw the Center for Student Athlete Enhancement and coordinated the Faculty Mentor Programs.  Not so long ago, Donohue was named the Dutchess COunty Regional Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 Mover and Shaker Awards honorees. As a magna cum graduate of Muhlenberg College, she received many awards like the Carl Grothehen Jr Award for Excellence and a masters degree in consulting and development from Long Island University.

Eric Gross, Buffalo: Deputy Director of Athletics/External Operations

As the Deputy Director of Athletics/External Operations, Gross’s role consists of overseeing development, ticketing, sponsorships, marketing, promotions and athletic communications. Gross has overseen the creation and implementation of several key initiatives like the active membership in the Blue and White Fund which creates priority seating for both football and basketball programs. Over the last few years, the athletics donor has risen to record levels constantly. This has to do with Gross and the new Smolinski Family Sports Medicine Center.  Prior to joining the team, Gross was the development assistant with the Tennessee Fund, helping the fundraise arms at University of Tennessee Athletics. He worked closely with the director of capital campaigns and was responsible for administering the season ticket rogrosn for both basketball and football. Gross earned his Bachelors from San Diego State and his JD from University of Tulsa.

Christina Roybal, Northern Iowa: Senior Associate AD/SWA

Roybal is responsible for overseeing nearly all sports for men and women including basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, cross country and track and field. Adding on, she is  also a current member of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and the Women's Leaders in College Sports initiative. In her Conference, Roybal serves on the Long Range Planning Committee, MVC Joint Committee and Sports Management Committee for sport liaison to the tennis coaches. Before coming to Northern Iowa, she served many administrations like the Interim Senior Women's Administrator and sports administrator for women's lacrosse, mens and womens tennis, and women's water polo. She was also very active on campus serving on the Gender and Minority Subcommittee of Athletic Advisory Council and the Marketing Advisory Council. Roybal earned her bahlors of arts in health, physical education and recreation from Saint Mary’s of California adding a pair of masters in kinesiology and business administration not long after.

Steve Schnall, SDSU: Executive Associate Athletics Director of External Relations

In his current role of Executive Associate Athletics Director of External Relations, Schnall overlooks nearly all of the Aztec Athletics including, media relations, ticket efforts, mens and womens tennis, golf and womens basketball. Schnall has been a key player in San Diego State and since joining the Athletic Department he has shown his prominent leadership and marketing skills in all aspects of his job. Prior to joining the Aztecs Athletic Department, Schnall worked as the director of sales and marketing at Cornell University. He launched the Cornell Sports Network and served as a play-by-play announcer of Big Red sports. Schnall earned his Bachelors of Arts from Syracuse University and began his professional career not far after.

Mark Line, Wofford: Deputy Athletic Director - Internal

Line is in charge of overlooking the men's tennis, soccer, and baseball teams while supervising the rifle team at the same time. Besides his duties at the University, Line supervies Olympic sports while also working in the budget department in the Carolina Panthers Football Organization. Line was selected into Wofford's Athletic Hall of Fame. The first-base dugout at Russell C King Field is named in his honor to this day. Previously Line has served as chairman of the physical education department. He worked with volunteer services, Bonnar Scholars, the campus judicial system and a host of other activities involving campus life. Line is a graduate of Erskine while posting a positive win percentage as their head basketball coach 4 years after his graduation.

Makini Thompson, Appalachian State: Senior Associate Athletics Director

Thompson is a former All-American volleyball player who currently holds the Senior Associate Athletics Director position at Appalachian State. As the Senior Associate Athletic Director and the Senior Women's Administrator, Thompson is responsible for student-athlete support and human resources. Thompson is a graduate of Florida State University where she received her bachelor's degree in social science and earned her master in coaching and athletic administration from COncordia University Irivne. After graduation she immediately went on to play professional Volleyball in Switzerland for two years. Thompson is a member of Women's LEaders in College Sports, Minority Opportunity Athletic Association, and the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She also provided administrative support and oversight for the Florida State University Spirit Groups and the school's travel partner.

Chris Standiford, Gonzaga: Deputy Director of Athletics/COO

Standiford is the current Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer. His duties include supervision of baseball, mens and womens rowing, and golf. Standiford is a graduate of Gonzaga University.

Lynn Tighe, Villanova: Senior Associate AD/Chief Athletics Admin. Officer/SWA

Tighe currently manages the personnel function for the Athletic Department. In addition to being the Deputy Title Coordinator for the University, Tighe led the reviews of the Athletics gender equity position which included representatives from all over the University.  She also contributed to the development and creating of the Leadership Institute for Wildcats student-athletes. Before her current position, Tighe served as the Director of Game Operations and Special Events for the American Basketball Leagues Philadelphia Rage. Tighe graduated from Villanova with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics while being a four year Wildcat basketball player. She was a four-year member of the Wildcats women’s basketball team and ranks second in program history in career assists.  Tighe was the starting point guard for three seasons and helped lead the team to the BIG EAST Championship titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances. She would return as an assistant women's basketball coach and helped the basketball team many games.

Mike Broeker, Marquette: Deputy Athletic Director

Broeker manages day-to-day operations with a direct focus on external operations. He has played an important role in the development of the Marquette Athletic Administration. Through his position, Marquette Athletics has experienced broad-based athletic and academic achievement, unprecedented exposure, and increased revenues from corporate partnerships, licensing, merchandising, ticket sales and donations. He joined Marquette as an Assistant Athletic Director and slowly built up to his current position through hard work and dedication. Broeker graduated from Siena College with a Bachelors in English. As a student athlete, Broeker was a two year letterman as a pitcher for the baseball team. He got his start in college as a Marketing and Sports Information Assistant at his alma mater.

Larry Quant, Cornell: Deputy Director of Athletics for Finance and Administration

Quant overlooks the financial and administrative section of Athletics. Quant has hacked a variety of senior administrative positions at not only Cornell but Iowa State and Tulane. During his time at Tulane, Quant was involved in one of the most successful departments in the entire nation. Quant supervised several sports programs and provided support for the teams He oversaw several projects in the facility including construction of the new baseball stadium and tennis courts, as well as a renovation to both the soccer and track complex on campus. Quant graduated from Colgate University with a degree in mathematical economics while also playing basketball and football during his undergraduate. He earned his masters not far after in business administration from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Brian Santiago, BYU: Deputy Athletic Director

As the current Deputy Athletic Director, Santiago overlooks the mens and womens basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf and the baseball and softball programs. Adding on, Santiago supervises game management for football and basketball and oversees sports marketing and sports camps. Santiago came to BYU as a part of the basketball staff before finally moving into the university's athletic department soon after. He graduated from Fresno State with an MBA from BYU’s School of Management but not before he earned his A.S. in Accounting from Utah Valley. Santiago served a Church mission in the Dominican Republic as a way to explore and teach others the way of the Church.

Mickey Guridy, Liberty: Senior Associate Athletics Director - Internal Operations

Considered a veteran of the athletics department at Liberty, Guridy has served as Assistant Athletic Director but currently serves as Senior Athletic Director overlooking football, mens basketball and baseball programs. Prior to the Internal Operations Position he holds now, Guridy served as an Assistant Athletic Director for Business Operations for many years. Over his time at Liberty, he has been marketing and tournament director for Basketball Tournaments and has also worked with the Tour DuPont in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference BAseball Tournament in the Lynchburg Area. Guridy completed his BA in Sports Management at Liberty and went to Averett College for his Masters in Business Administration.

Devon Thomas, Eastern Washington: Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations

Previously the Senior Associate Athletic Director, Thomas currently holds the Deputy Director position where he overlooks annual development, marketing, communications and ticket operations for all sports. Prior to joining the Eastern Washington Athletic Department, Thomas served as an Assistant Athletic Director for Washington State University. Even before that, Thomas spent a few years at University of Louisville and Gonzaga Athletics as the Director of Annual Giving. Thomas was a student athlete at  University of Louisville where he played football and studied development and marketing. Thomas began his sports department career at his alma mater. He spent split time at development and marketing, and overhearing a lot of Louisville former student athlete initiatives.

Jay Artinian, Hofstra: Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Revenue Officer

Artinian is the current Deputy Director while looking over the financials of the sports department. Prior to his current position, he held the senior associate athletic director for facilities position at Hofstra. He was in charge of the maintenance and operation of all athletic facilities on campus as well as multiple natural grass practice fields. Adding on, Artinian also adds extensive experience in the NCAA level since he served on their committee for years. He currently holds the Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee in the NCAA. Artinian is a graduate of Hofstra where he got his degree in marketing while playing on the lacrosse team. He got hired as an event coordinator in the facilities department right after his graduation and has not looked back on his decision to work in the sports department world ever since.

Mike Demos, Siena College: Assistant Athletic Director for Communications

Demos currently holds the position of Athletic Director of Communication where he looks over the athletic communications office. This includes the media and event coverage, publicity, and promotional efforts for all of the schools sports programs. Demos served on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Committee and the Siena College Council of Administration Executive Committee. Adding on he is also a part of the panel moderator at several previous College Information Directories. He received his Bachelors in communication from Elon University. In addition to all that he does at Siena, Demos announced many games for the minor league baseball games for the Clevleand Indians, Houston Astros, and Boston Red Sox.

Diane Metcalf, Merrimack College: Deputy Athletic Director Office/SWA

Metcalf serves as the sports administrator for nearly all the sports at Merrimack college. She overlooks strength and conditioning, event operations, scheduling, team budgeting and student athlete development. She also works closely with the director of athletics to provide student-athletes enrolment strategies for classes, fundraising for the programs. Metcalf is part of the team leading Merrimack’s reclassification process to NCAA Division I, works closely with campus partners, and is involved in committees for both the Northeast Conference and Hockey East Association. Prior to joining the athletic department at Merrimack, Metcalf served as the dictator of athletics development at the University of New Hampshire. Metcalf graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, where she was a four-year letter winner and two-time co-captain of the gymnastics team. She earned her master’s degree from American University not long after.

Dave Winder, Murray State: Associate Athletic Director - Comm. & Public Relations

Winder is involved in game-day operations, keeping records, social media accounts and the departments website. Besides working closely with the Men's basketball and mens and women's golf programs, Winder handles the advancements and upkeep of Burton Family Hall of Champions at the CFSB Center. He has held the hall of fame selection committee that will have a bunch new faces in this upcoming inducted class. Winder graduated Michigan State University with a degree in Radio-Television. At the time, he served as the radio voice of Southeast Missouri State and anchored the sports desk at WPSD TV-6 at Kentucky. Winder is an active racquetball player and enjoys hiking between lakes near him.

Yariv Amir, Colgate: Senior Associate Athletics Director

As Senior Associate Athletic Director, Amir looks over the mens soccer, mens and womens hockey, and womens lacrosse programs.  He also also runs business operations, facilities and even operations, projects, and equipment services. Amir serves on the NCAA Mens and Womens Ice Hockey Rules Committee. He previously served on the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Facility Committee. Amir graduated Colgate with a Degree in Economics and International Relations. He earned a spot as the captain of the  men's rowing team. After Colgate he moved on to earn his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Rutgers University Business School.

Loree McCary, Stephen F. Austin: Associate AD for Administration Office/SWA

McCary is a current member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. As the Associate Athletic Director for Administration and Senior Women's Administrator, her responsibilities include rehabilitation for female athletes while assisting with all the other sports programs at the University. She came to Stephen F Austin after serving as a graduate assistant in Florida where she was an athletic trainer for the volleyball program. McCary graduated from Kansas State and earned her Masters from Folrida.

Brittney Johnson, Prairie View A&M: Associate Athletic Director of Compliance

Johnson is responsible for making sure all of Prairie View's athletic programs comply within the NCAA, SWAC, and PVAMU standards.Johnson was prompted to her current position not long ago and gained more trust from colleges and earned more responsibilities to handle. She began her career in athletic administration as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Alabama A&M, where she worked up to Assistant Director of Compliance.She is an active member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance where she is a certified compliance officer and a current Women's Leader in COllege Sports. She earned her bachelor's degree in health sciences from the University of Alabama then went to Alabama A&M to earn her master’s degree. Currently Johnson is working on her doctorate degree from Walden University.

Todd Phelps, North Dakota State: Deputy Director of Athletics

Besides assisting the Athletic Director with budgeting, policy, and development, Phelps serves as the sports supervisor for women's volleyball, mens basketball and baseball, and the football program. He also led the remodeling of the NDSU football and volleyball locker rooms, new turf and planned a softball complex for the team to use and practice on. Phelps came to North Dakota after just a year as the associate director of athletics for facilities and operations at Oregon State. He joined collegiate athletics as a division 3 men's basketball assistant coach at Middlebury College in Vermont. Phelps graduated from Ithaca College where he earned a bachelors in physical education.

Braun Cartwright, New Mexico State: Deputy Athletics Director/Chief Operating Officer

Cartwright duties as Deputy Athletic Director include the oversight of the entire athletic department and makes sure all the programs at the University comply with regulations. He adds operational oversight for the athletic department and remains responsible for all aspects of the compliance program. Adding on, he involved himself to be there as the middle man for the University and the NCAA. Cartwright earned his bacholrs in sport science from Texas Tech and continued on to Florida State for his Masters in sports administration.

Marcy Lanoue, University of San Diego: Sr. Assoc. Dir. of Athletics/Chief Development Office/SWA

Lanoue facilities External Affairs while helping excel the volleyball and men's tennis programs. Lanoue joined University of San Diego after she served as the Associate Athletics Director at Southern Miss for a few years. In her role, she was incharge of the Senior Associate Athletic Director and Southern Miss Athletic Foundation team in directing and coordinating initiatives related to fundraising for Southern Miss Athletics. Her job insisted on getting close with many alumni, friends and supporters of Southern Miss. That made her also responsible for identifying and soliciting gifts. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in Communication.

Anne-Marie Guglieri, Yale: Deputy Director of Athletics

Guglieri manages the administration, direction, and supervision of day-to-day operations in the Yale Athletic Department. In addition, she supervises the football, men's basketball, men's rowing and womens lacrosse teams. Prior to joining Yale, Guglieri served as Chief of Staff & Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Colgate University. When she arrived in Colgate, she was the Assistant Director of Athletics and Compliance Officer. She then quickly got promoted to the Associate Director of Athletics and then the Senior Associate Directors of Athletics, then finally to the Chief of Staff. She is a graduate of Syracuse University. She was a student athlete where she started on the Orange field hockey team. Soon after, she earned her masters degree in education with concentration in athletic administration at Springfield College. While she was getting her masters, she helped the field hockey teams in her area as an Assistant Coach.

Mike Hermann, Norfolk State: Senior Associate AD/External Relations

Hermann overlooks facilities operations, marketing, communication and corporate relations and supervises the mens and womens basketball programs. Hermann oversaw media relations, marketing and ticket sales strategies.  Hermann came to Norfolk after serving as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at Old Dominion University. He was named the National Association Of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Director of the Year. Prior to his time at Norfolk, he oversaw the Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs for Seattle University. Hermann helped increase the Redhawks men's basketball attendance by nearly fifty percent. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and earned his Masters from Kent State not long after.

Wes Mallette, UC Riverside: Chief of Staff & Senior Associate AD

Mallette serves on the Senior Leadership Team and manages the entire University's Athletic Department. His day-to-day operations include fundraising, communications, media, marketing, ticket sales and sponserships. Wes is a seasonal sports, entertainment and corporate communication manager. Prior to UC Riverside, Mallette studied at Berkeley where he was an Associate Athletics Director for Strategic Communication. Mallette created and conducted hindered training for high school, college and olympic athletes across the globe. Mallete studied Communications at James Madison University where he also served as a student-athlete playing both football and track and field. He earned his masters in Journalism from University of Maryland, College Park.

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