Pathway Program

NCAA announces 2020-21 Pathway Program participants

The NCAA leadership development office, in partnership with the Board of Governors Committee To Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity, has selected 20 senior-level administrators to participate in the NCAA Pathway Program, with the goal of...

NCAA announces 2019-20 Pathway Program participants

The NCAA leadership development office, in partnership with the Board of Governors Committee, has invited 22 talented senior administrators to participate in the NCAA Pathway Program with a singularly focused goal: preparing these individuals to excel as directors of athletics or conference commissioners.

NCAA announces 2018-19 Pathway Program participants

The Pathway Program is designed to provide those currently in senior-level positions within athletics administration with the skill set to further propel their careers.

NCAA selects athletics administrators for Pathway Program

Twenty-five senior-level athletics administrators, who have committed to becoming directors of athletics, have been selected to participate in the 2017 NCAA Pathway Program, the NCAA leadership development team announced.

DI participants in Pathway Program conduct first meeting

The news conferences wouldn’t be real, but that didn’t make the preparation any less intense. The 15 Division I participants in this year’s NCAA Pathway Program wanted to have answers for potential questions from the media. The group understood that factual issues, and genuine questions, could arise in the future when they might face similar cases.

Twelve rising athletics administrators complete NCAA Pathway Program

Twelve college athletics administrators traveled to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in mid-January. A historic NCAA Convention – one that would signal a shift in the Division I college sports landscape – was still one day away, yet the lights of recognition first were to shine on the industry’s next leaders.

Pathway Program – Participants and Alumni

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

Graduates of NCAA Pathway Program

Class of 2019

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Kelly Barsky Deputy Athletic Director/ Senior Woman Administrator University of California, Santa Barbara
Joshua Boone Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration University of Miami (Florida)
Gabe Cagwin Chief Business Development Officer Arizona State University
Derek Cowherd Sr. Associate AD / Executive Director The Ohio State University
Richard Duran Deputy Athletic Director University of the Incarnate Word
Matt Elliott Senior Associate Athletic Director, Internal Operations University of California, Los Angeles
Nancy Hixson CEO/Deputy AD, External U.S. Air Force Academy
Paula Jackson Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Hampton University
Candice Lee Associate Vice Chancellor/Deputy Athletics Director Vanderbilt University
Marvin Lewis Associate AD - Administration & Finance Georgia Institute of Technology
Janet Oberle Senior Associate Director of Athletics Saint Louis University
Courtney Vinson Sr. Assoc. AD/ Sport Administration Northern Illinois University
Merlene Aitken Senior Associate Athletic Director Clayton State University
Christopher Barker Associate AD/Internal Operations University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Kristy Bayer Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA Emporia State University
Sarah Dehring Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator Alma College
Kevin Fenstermacher Assistant Commissioner / Director of Communications Presidents' Athletic Conference
Jessica Harbison Weaver Associate Athletic Director-- Compliance & Academic Support/Senior Woman Administrator Concordia University Portland
Miriam Merrill Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator Hamilton College
Ashley Reid Assoc. Athletic Dir. & Sr. Women's Administrator, Physical Education, Department Chair The College of Wooster
Michael Schulist Asst. Athletic Director/Advancement/Operations/Media Relations Carroll University (Wisconsin)
Brock Wissmiller Associate A.D. - Director of Athletic Development Upper Iowa University

Class of 2018

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Marcus Blossom Sr. Associate Athletic Director, Business & Administration Boston College
Stephen Butler Deputy Director of Athletics Niagara University
Tiffany Daniels Associate Commissioner/SWA Southeastern Conference
Mike Harrity Senior Associate Athletics Director  University of Notre Dame
Anthony Henderson, Sr. Associate Athletic Director for Development University of Akron
Chris Hoppe Executive Associate Athletic Director, Sport Administration and Student-Athlete Support Services (MBB, VB) University of Pittsburgh
Maisha Kelly Sr. Associate AD/SWA Bucknell University
Stacy Kosciak Deputy Athletic Director The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Tom McGinnis Sr. Associate AD University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Dr. Nick Pettit Deputy Athletics Director  California Polytechnic State University
Keiko Price Senior Associate Athletics Director, Sport Administration University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Cathy Rossi Deputy Athletic Director University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kisha Middleton Asst. Athletic Director/Business Manager/Senior Woman Administrator/Deputy Title IX Officer The Lincoln University (Pennsylvania)
Channing Kimball Assistant Athletics Director, Student Success/SWA California State University, Monterey Bay
Nate Davis Senior Associate Athletic Director Pittsburg State University
Randy Loggins Associate Athletic Director for Operations Tusculum College
Stephen (Steve) Fitzgerald Associate Director of Athletics Stonehill College
Andrea Belis Assistant Athletic Director/SWA/NCAA compliance Becker College
Bret Billhardt Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Operations/Compliance Wittenberg University
Franco Bari Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Game Management St. Lawrence University
Jennifer Thomas Associate Director of Athletics / Senior Woman Administrator / Eligibility & Compliance Pacific Lutheran University
Lauren Haynie Senior Associate Director of Athletics & PERA/SWA Wellesley College

Class of 2017

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Brian Baptiste Deputy Director of Athletics (Capital Projects and Operations) Northwestern University
Jennifer Bell Athletic Director Converse College
Bryan Blair Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Sport Administration Washington State University
Marcus Bowman Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief Financial Officer University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Shelley Davis Senior Associate Commissioner/SWA Big South Conference
Dawn Ellerbe Associate Athletic Director-Marketing, Branding and Fan Development California State University, Northridge
Sherryta Freeman Director of Athletics Layfayette College
Nathan Fry Senior Associate Director of Athletics Harvard University
Emerald Fulmore Associate Athletic Director of Compliance Bowie State University
Andrew Gavin Director of Athletics University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Crystal Gibson Associate Director of Athletics/SWA/Compliance Coordinator Susquehanna University
Beth Goetz Athletics Director Ball State University
Monique Holland Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Experience Auburn University
Kay Lennon Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA East Tennessee State University
Michael Lipitz Deputy Athletics Director for Internal Operations North Carolina State University
Chad Markuson Deputy Athletic Director Minnesota State University Moorhead
Angel Mason Director of Athletics Berry College
Foti Mellis Senior Associate Athletic Director, Intercollegiate Services University of California, Berkeley
Michelle Morgan Director of Athletics And Recreation John Carroll University
Jamie Mullin Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Administration Syracuse University
Kelly Reinke Senior Associate AD, Compliance/SWA George Mason University
Darnell Smith Assistant Athletic Director For Compliance University of Central Oklahoma
Lydia Travis Director of Athletics The City College of New York
David "Kelly" Williams Senior Associate Director of Athletics - External Affairs The College of New Jersey

Class of 2016

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Shonna Brown Associate Commissioner for Business Affairs/CFO Conference USA
Shauna Cobb Director, Academic and Membership Affairs NCAA
Kate Corcoran Associate Director of Athletics Cabrini University
Marques Dantzler Director of Compliance Alabama A&M
Andy Fee Athletic Director Long Beach State University
Shaney Fink Director of Athletics Seattle University
Amy Foster Associate Athletic Director for Business Seattle Pacific University
Ken Halpin Vide President for Intercollegiate Athletics Winthrop University
Karen Langston Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs & Capital Projects California State University, Bakersfield
Michelle Manning Director of Athletics Carthage College
Padraic McMeel Director of Athletics University of Arkansas, Monticello
Traci Murphy Director of Athletics Daemen College
Alicia Queally Deputy AD/SWA Stetson University
Joshua (Josh) Rebholz Senior Associate Athletic Director, External Relations UCLA
Jaime Seguin Senior Associate AD/Chief Financial Office University of Delaware
Christian Spears Deputy Athletic Director/COO, External Affairs (FB) University of Pittsburgh
Christian Stryker Assistant Comissioner South Atlantic Conference
Elizabeth (Beth) Tiffany Associate Director of Athletics Union College
Jermaine Truax Director of Athletics & Recreation Bucknell University
Megan Valentine Director of Athletics Hilbert College
Mattie White Senior Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services and Excellence Academy, SWA Indiana University
Jason Yaman Associate Commissioner Southern Conference

Class of 2015

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Kevin Blue Director of Athletics UC Davis
Megan Franklin Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Drake University
Matthew Green Senior Associate Director of Athletics & Internal Operations Flagler University
Tracey Hathaway Director of Athletics Salem State University
Bernard Hill Director of Student Success and Athletic Engagement Point University
Tammy Ikerd County Engagement Specialist for Cedar County and 4-H Youth Development University of Missouri Extension
Kathryn Kroupa Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations/SWA The Citadel
Laura Mooney Director of Athletics Massachussetts College of Liberal Arts
Jenni Morrison Associate Athletic Director of Business and Operations/SWA California University of Pennsylvania
Kelly Scafariello Senior Associate Athletics Director for Leadership and Administration Hartford University
Angie Torain Sr. Assoc. AD, Compliance, Legal & Risk Management University of Notre Dame
Scott Young Senior Associate AD for Compliance University of Indianapolis

Class of 2014

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Laura Clayton-Eady Associate Athletic Director - Compliance / SWA University of West Georgia
Melissa Dawson Senior Associate Athletics Director/Director of Student-Athlete Academic Support Services Northern Illinois University
Captain William (Bill) Fell, Jr Interim Director of Physical Education & Athletics U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Kevin Forde Consultant – Associate Athletic Director Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Meredith Jenkins Deputy Director of Athletics Fresno State University
Machli Joseph Former Student Life Staff Baruch College
Kelley Kish Director of Athletics Lake Erie College
Jack McKiernan Director of Athletics Kean Univeristy
Jen Mercurio Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services/SWA Florida Institute of Technology
Shondell Reed Senior Associate Athletic Director University of Washington
Amy Schafer Director of Athletics/ Compliance & Eligibility & SWA Thiel College
Tanya Vogel Director of Athletics and Recreation George Washington University

Class of 2013

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Sharon Brummell Senior Associate Athletics Director for Business and Finance/SWA  Georgetown University
Eric Hart Executive Director of Major Gifts NC A&T
Jeffrey C. Howard Managing Partner Gomez Howard Group
Kaitlyn McKittrick Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA Lafayette College
Dr. Anthony Grant Director of Athletics Metropolitan State University Of Denver
Jaime Lee Lundgren Assistant XC/Track Coach Crown College
Kimberly Miller Associate Athletics Director for Compliance/Academics Savannah State University
Heather Benning Executive Director The Midwest Conference, Inc.
Susan E. Fumagalli Mahoney Senior Associate Director of Athletics Gettysburg College
Lori Hendricks Director of Athletics Mount Holyoke College

Class of 2012

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Jessica Cherry Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Internal Operations Colby College
Amy Crosbie Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Weber State University
Amy Folan Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, Engagement Services The University of Texas
Shantey Hill Vice President for Athletics and Campus Services; Chair, Physical Education St. Josephs College (LI)
William Orr Instructor of Sports Management Livingstone College
Tracee Passeggi Director Cal Poly-Pomona Disability Ctr. (DRC)
Roderick Perry Director of Athletics IUPUI
Valerie Richardson Executive Associate Athletics Director/SWA Cal State University Northridge
Bradley Taylor Assistant Director of Men's Basketball NCAA
Jason Verdugo Athletic Director Hamline University
Michelle Walsh Director of Athletics & Physical Education Vassar College
Julie Wengert Dean, Student Success & Support/Title IX Coordinator Missouri Southern State University

Class of 2011

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Christyn Abaray Assistant to the President/Director of Athletics Lawrence University
Sherie Cornish Gordon Director of Athletics Albany State University
Avery Esdaile Athletic Director Boston Public Schools
Kimberly Johnson Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Texas Christian University
Carmen Leeds Director, Memorial Union ESU Memorial Union
Monica Love Former Associate Director of Athletics for Administration and Sports Services U.S. Military Academy
Diane O’Brien Deputy Athletics Director/Chief of Staff/SWA (former) University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Melody Reifel Werner Former Title IX Coordinator Eastern Michigan University
Harry Stinson III Athletics Director Lincoln University (PA)
Alice Wiercinski Associate Director of Athletics Bowdoin College

Class of 2009-10

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Lisa Campos Vice President/Athletics Director University of Texas at San Antonio
Victoria M. (Vicky) Chun Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Yale University
Derek Horne Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Alcorn State University
Kiki Jacobs Director of Athletics, Intramurals, and Recreation Roger Williams University
Jim Sarra Director of Athletics University of Illinois Springfield
Tracy Scott Compliance Coordinator Morgan State University
Darryl Sims Assistant Chancellor & Director of Athletics University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Allison Tookes Professional DJ DJ Catchy Tunes 
Linda Van Drie-Andrzjewski Executive Director Title IX, Clery and Regulatory Affairs Wilmington University (Delaware)
Marianne Vydra Deputy Athletics Director for Administration/SWA Oregon State University
Carla Wilson Senior Director for Student Support Services & Student Development University of Missouri, Kansas City

Class of 2007-08

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Megan Boone Director of Compliance Colorado State University
Wheeler Brown Assistant Athletic Director for Operations Fort Valley State University
Ann Carr Executive Senior Associate A.D./SWA Mississippi State University
Julio Freire Former AD USC Upstate
Dr. Jennifer Kulics Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Kent State University
Carolyn O’Connell Executive Director of Academic Services, UIC Athletics University of Illinois at Chicago
Milton Overton Director of Athletics Kennesaw State University
Karen Peters Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA University of Portland
Monica Severson Financial Associate Thrivent Financial
TJ Shelton Senior Associate Athletic Director, Sports Administration Ohio State University
Tricia Turley Brandenburg Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA (oversight: WSOC, Baseball, WBB, MLAX, MGOLF, VB) Towson university
Gerald Young Athletic Director/Chair of Physical Education, Athletics Recreation (PEAR) Carleton College

Class of 2005-06

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Dr. M. Grace Calhoun Director of Athletics and Recreation University of Pennsylvania
Kevin G. Clark Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Temple University
Phillip Grayson Former Assistant Athletics Director The Ohio State University
Jill LaPoint Deputy Athletic Director/SWA Providence College
Tracey Ranieri Director of Athletics State College at Oneonta
Etienne Thomas Director of Athletics Kentucky State University
Tonia Walker Athletic Director Bluefield College

Class of 2003-04

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Amanda Braun Director of Athletics University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Megan Sobel Athletic Director Hanover High School
Charles D. Guthrie Director of Athletics University of Wisconsin, Green Bay
Robert A. (Tony) O’Neal Senior Associate AD/Facilities & Strategic Initiatives Bethune-Cookman University
Jill Redmond Senior Associate Commissioner- NCAA Compliance & Governance, SAAC, Student Services Atlantic 10 Conference
Dr. Donald Raymond Reed Senior Associate AD for Athletic & Academic Performance University at Buffalo
Julie Sandoval Assistant Athletic Director Compliance Services California State University, Northridge

Class of 2001-02

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Gwen Lexow Director of Title IX & Civil Rights Compliance Bates College
Gloria Nevarez Commissioner West Coast Conference
Ralph Christopher Reynolds Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Bradley University
John Robinson Jr. President J.A. Robinson II and Associates, LLC
Faith Shearer Associate Director of Athletics/SWA Elon University
Corrinne Flora Wright Former Assistant Coach – Gymnastics  University of Pennsylvania
James Roderick Wyatt Senior Director of College Completion Initiatives University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Class of 1999-2000

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Jacqueline Campbell Managing Director, Law, Policy, and Governance NCAA
Sean Frazier Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Northern Illinois University
Floyd Kerr Former Athletics Director Morgan State University
Dell Robinson Search Associate Spelman Johnson
Alecia Shields-Gadson Sr. Associate AD of Athletics Compliance/SWA Delaware State University
Kathleen Worthington Wilson Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Cleveland State University

Class of 1997-98

Name Current Position Institution/Conference
Dr. James Brown Department Head- Education and Behavioral Sciences Southern University at Shreveport
Damon Evans Director of Athletics University of Maryland, College Park
Robert Minnix Former Senior Associate Athletics Director Washington State University
Robyn Sharp Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA Northern Arizona University
Paula Smith Director of Intercollegiate Athletics University of California, Irvine
Marcella Zalot Commissioner North Atlantic Conference

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NCAA Pathway Program

Key Dates
  • Feb. 8, 2021: Application Opens (8:00 a.m. Eastern Time)
  • Mar. 15, 2021: Application Closes (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
  • June 2021: 1st meeting dates (Virtual)
  • Fall 2021: In-person meeting dates (Indianapolis, IN)
  • Winter/Spring 2022: Program site visits (Locations TBD)
  • Summer 2022: Graduation Reception (NACDA Convention)

The Pathway Program is designed to elevate senior-level athletics administrators to the next step as directors of athletics or conference commissioners. This yearlong program is an intensive, experiential learning opportunity for selected participants who work at an NCAA school or conference in any division.

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

What You’ll Learn

During the yearlong program, you will identify how values fit into your philosophy and execution of leadership within college athletics and higher education. You also develop knowledge in areas such as budgeting, strategic planning and fundraising for both your current job responsibilities and while you transition to the role of director of athletics.

The Pathway Program kicks off for all divisions during a weeklong session virtually with prominent guests, dedicated consultants, and an engaging curriculum. Throughout the year, program dates and locations will then cater to each division’s needs, such as participating in governance meetings and media and interview training. Skill building will take place in the areas of values clarification, leadership, media training, diversity and inclusion, and you will get an in-depth look and introduction to search firms and the hiring process within college athletics.

In addition to the in-person programming throughout the year, you will be paired with both a presidential and director of athletics mentor to assist you in navigating the year.

To wrap up the year, all participants come together and are recognized at the annual NACDA convention luncheon.

The NCAA will cover the cost of travel to and from all in-person programming, including hotel accommodations, meals during the programs and any program materials.

Who is Eligible

Applicants must be full-time employees at a NCAA member school or conference office and must have supervisor approval.

Preference will be given to applicants who meet as many of the following qualifications as possible:

  • Have at least eight years of combined administrative and coaching experience in college sports.
  • Serve in a senior leadership role within their current organizational chart.
  • Experience with staff supervision, sport oversight, development, budget management, coaching, internal operations or external operations.
  • Be a senior woman administrator.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead in their current professional role, either through an educational association or through successful completion of a professional leadership program. Examples of qualifying leadership programs include NCAA/Women Leaders Leadership Enhancement Institute and those offered through the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the Minority Opportunities Athletics Association.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Pathway Program for any division, your current athletics director or conference commissioner must nominate you through the NCAA Program Hub. Nominees will be immediately notified of their nomination and must then complete the online application by the designated deadline.


For information about the Pathway Program, email

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