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NACWAA honors DII Director Steeb-Gronau

By David Pickle

Terri Steeb-Gronau, NCAA director of Division II, was honored Tuesday as Josten’s Administrator of the Year for associations and organizations at the annual convention of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.

The recognition was the latest in a series of awards for Steeb-Gronau, who was honored earlier this year with the Award of Merit from the Division II Conference Commissioners Association. She also has won the David Knight Award from the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association and was a finalist for of the Junior Achievement Best and Brightest Award.

Steeb-Gronau joined the NCAA staff 12 years ago and was appointed director of Division II in October 2004. She works with various groups and committees within the Division II governance structure, including the Division II Presidents Council and Management Council.  She also manages the Division II budget and oversees the implementation of various Division II strategic initiatives, including the National Championships Festivals, communication and policy-making strategies and the division’s strategic plan.

She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she was a four-year varsity letter-winner in volleyball. She also has a master’s in sports administration and facility management from Ohio University. 

Steeb-Gronau is a graduate of the 2009 NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute and the 2006 NACWAA/HERS program and is also a 2008 graduate of the Hoosier Fellows Program. 

In addition to the recognition for Steeb-Gronau, NACWAA honored other women athletics administrators Tuesday. They were:

Division I FBS: Betsy Mosher, deputy director of athletics/senior woman administrator, Fresno State.

Division I FCS: Inge Radice, senior associate director of athletics, Princeton.

Division I, non-football institutions: Carla Wilson, senior associate athletics director for business and administration/senior woman administrator, UMKC.

Division II: Angela (Ann) Walker, associate director of athletics, compliance/senior woman administrator, Nova Southeastern.

Division III: Julie Soriero, director of athletics/head of the department of athletics, physical education and recreation, MIT.