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NCAA selects athletics administrators for 2016 NCAA Pathway Program

Twenty-three senior-level athletics administrators will participate

Twenty-three senior-level athletics administrators, committed to becoming directors of athletics, have been selected by a committee from the NCAA membership to participate in the 2016 NCAA Pathway Program, a yearlong experiential learning opportunity.

For the senior-level athletics administrators who participate, the program provides an unprecedented opportunity to gain insight into every facet of an athletics department, preparing them to become well-rounded leaders who are equipped with the tools an effective athletics director needs. Each program participant is mentored by a current NCAA athletics director and a current university chancellor or president who have committed to helping the pathway participants grow during the program and after completing it.

Fifteen Pathway participants from Division I institutions will come together for the first time in Portland, Oregon, for three days. Eight Pathway participants representing NCAA Divisions II and III will gather together for the first time at the 2016 NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

These in-person sessions will include opportunities to engage with university presidents, who will shed light on the role of athletics directors, reinforce the value of athletics on campus and provide candid answers to participants’ questions. Along with NCAA Convention programming and governance meetings, program participants will participate in a simulation of their first staff meeting as a director of athletics, receive advice on beginning their first 90 days in an athletics director chair, participate in case studies on campus-relevant topics and learn best practices from current and former athletics directors.

“The Pathway Program is an unmatched opportunity, exposing highly qualified athletics administrators to the latest information and robust experiences, delivered by practiced experts in the field,” said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education and community engagement and chief inclusion officer. “Administrators who complete the program not only gain technical knowledge but graduate with confidence and quality decision-making skills.”

Since its inception in 1997, the program (formerly known as the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program) has produced more than 100 alumni. Nearly 25 percent of participants have gone on to become directors of athletics, while more than 60 percent have received promotions in their careers.

NCAA leadership development, located in Indianapolis, coordinates and facilitates education and training for student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators. The staff annually hosts programs, at little or no cost to members, using expert curriculum designed to enhance the well-being and personal development of college athletes. The staff also provides ongoing education and topical training to athletics professionals who identify and serve student-athlete needs. For more information, visit www.NCAA.org/leadershipdevelopment.

2016 NCAA Pathway Program participants

Shonna Brown Executive associate commissioner America East Conference
Shauna Cobb Director, academic and membership affairs NCAA
Catherine Corcoran Assistant director of athletics Rosemont
Marques Dantzler Assistant athletics director/academics, compliance Texas A&M
Andy Fee Senior associate athletics director/advancement UC Santa Barbara
Shaney Fink Senior associate athletics director/SWA San Diego
Amy Foster Associate athletics director/SWA Seattle Pacific
Ken Halpin Deputy athletics director Eastern Washington
Karen Langston Associate athletics director/advancement, external affairs CSU Bakersfield
Michelle Manning Associate athletics director /finance/SWA Ithaca
Padriac McMeel Senior associate athletics director Oakland
Traci Murphy Associate athletics director/SWA Canisius
Alicia Queally Senior associate athletics director/SWA Stetson
Joshua Rebholz Senior associate athletics director/external relations UCLA
Jaime Seguin Deputy athletics director Boston College
Christian Spears Deputy athletics director Eastern Michigan
Christian Stryker Associate athletics director for external operations Coker
Beth Tiffany Associate athletics director Union
Jermaine Truax Deputy athletics director Loyola Chicago
Jason Trufant Senior associate athletics director Dowling
Megan Valentine Assistant athletics director/SWA Fredonia
Mattie White Associate athletics director/academics/SWA Indiana
Jason Yaman Associate commissioner for media relations Southern Conference