Division II National SAAC Liaison Information
Management Council Liaison Information:
Rick Cole, Jr.
Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Athletics
Mr. Cole's mission is to help shape future leaders and build champions in athletics, academics, in the community and in life. In implementing that mission, Rick is instilling in each of Dowling’s student athletes the understanding that they should serve as role models for other students; exemplifying achievement in their sports, in their studies and service on behalf of their community.
In just four years, Rick Cole Jr. has transformed the landscape of collegiate athletics at Dowling College. He has secured the necessary funding to add women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse and men’s cross country as NCAA sponsored varsity sports and elevated ten coaches to full-time status. In addition, Rick has conducted a gender equity review to ensure the departments compliance with Title IX, completed an NCAA institutional self-study, expanded the sports medicine department in both staffing and equipment, re-branded the marks and logos, re-designed the department website, secured an exclusive buying contract with an apparel company, established a corporate sponsorship program, and developed a plan for an annual campaign for athletics to raise the funds necessary to meet the unmet costs of the department.
Recently Mr. Cole was named to the NCAA Division II Management Council and serves on the Division II Athletic Directors Board of Directors. He is also the Vice President of the ECC Executive Board and Chairs the ECC Lacrosse Committee. Cole just completed a three-year stint as the chair of the NCAA National Lacrosse Committee. Prior to joining Dowling, Cole served as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at St. John’s University and Stony Brook University’s Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs and Advancement. While at St. John’s, he managed a corporate relationship with a leading international athletic footwear company for apparel and equipment valued in the millions. During his tenure at Stony Brook, he established a fundraising initiative to fund the school’s transition from Division III to a Division I competition.
An accomplished volleyball coach, Rick has served as head coach of the AAU Long Island Power Volleyball Club, the University at Buffalo’s Men’s Volleyball Club Team, and the AAU Cheetah Volleyball Club of Western New York. He is the founder and Director of the Intensive Volleyball Training Camp, as well as Co-Director of the Island Volleyball Academy, which coaches girls, age 10-18, throughout Long Island. Cole received his Bachelor’s degree in 1992 and Master’s Education in 1994, both from the State University at Buffalo.
Assistant Athletic Director/Compliance/Marketing/Senior Woman Administrator
Ann Martin is in her fourth year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Marketing and Promotions at Regis University.
Along with her duties at Regis, Martin also serves on a pair of NCAA committees. In January of 2007 she was named to the NCAA Management Council and then in March she began serving on the Legislation Committee.
In the fall of 2006 she became part of the Sportswomen of Colorado Nominating Committee. This fall she became a facilitator for the NCAA Division II Leadership Academy as well as a National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Adminstrators Education and Professional Development Committee member.
Martin previously served as the Assistant Commissioner at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Following her arrival at the RMAC office in June of 2004, Martin also served as the Compliance Graduate Assistant and the Interim Assistant Commissioner.
Prior to her stint at the RMAC, Martin was the Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Colorado State University - Pueblo. Martin, who was at CSU - Pueblo from June of 2002 to May of 2004, also served as the Student Development Coordinator, the Assistant Compliance Coordinator, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sponsor, an Adjunct Professor and a Challenge Course Instructor during her time with the Thunderwolves.
Martin earned her Bachelor's Degree from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, in May of 2001. Martin earned her Master's Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in August of 2005.
Martin, who is also designated as the Rangers' Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), currently makes her home in Denver.
NCAA Liaison Information:
Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development
Coordinator for Accounting
Assistant Director for Academic & Membership Affairs