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Click here to access the application form.

Click here to find out why YOU should attend the NNIAA.

This summer will mark the first year of the NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement, previously known as the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement. 

With tuition being $250 for women working at NCAA institutions, this is a great oppotunity to attend the best and most unique professional development opportunity in 2010. 
$250 includes lodging and food!!!!!

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” With the valuable information on athletics administration best practices, self-awareness activities, networking with a highly regarded faculty and the relationships you build with your classmates; YOU can be a “change maker”.

 Specific topics include:

  • Legal Issues in Athletics
  • Conflict Management
  • Managerial Leadership

If you are still not convinced this is the professional development experience for you, then ask one of the 855 graduates of the NACWAA/HERS program…

  • The NACWAA/HERS programs are different than any other professional development experience you will ever attend,” - Allison Doughty
  • “I would have never thought I would become so close to all the women here in such a short time.  This was the best professional development I have been a part of.  I would recommend NACWAA/HERS to any female in intercollegiate athletics no matter at what position, division, or experience,” - Jennifer Dubow.
  • “NACWAA/HERS was a fabulous experience.  I feel motivated and re-centered; ready to give back to my organization and to other women in the field.” – Katy Yurk
  • “This is not a conference.  This is an intensive personal and professional rejuvenating experience.  It’s exciting and inspiring to be in a room full of strong women in sport, present and past, and to have them ‘pass the torch’ on for the future.  HERS Institute is an opportunity that should not be missed.  Any passionate female needs to attend.  Thank you would never be enough to express my gratitude.” – Marie Muhvic

Only 40 participants will be selected to participate at each of two sites. Candidates should apply early; we anticipate both classes filling before the deadline.

Sites and dates:
West site: Englewood, Colorado (near Denver)
Institute begins 2:00 pm on June 3rd and ends June 7th at noon.
East site: Peachtree City, Georgia
Institute begins 2:00 pm on June 11th and ends June 15th at noon.

Application DEADLINE is Friday, February 19th!!!

For additional information, please contact Shelley Davis by phone (910.793.8244) or by email at

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Click here to access the application form.

Did NACWAA/HERS make you feel EMPOWERED?  Did it rejuvenate your love for athletics administration?  Has tuition cost prevented you from being able to attend LEI before? If you answered yes to the first three questions, then here is your answer to WHY you should attend the 2010 NCAA / NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute... 

  • "I have attended many professional development seminars and conferences. Most of the time, I may gain 2 or 3 ideas or pieces of information to take away. With NACWAA/HERS and NACWAA LEI, I came away inspired, illuminated and driven to be and do more." - Laura McNab

The NCAA/NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute provides advanced educational opportunities and professional development for NACWAA/HERS program graduates who are looking for more in-depth training in designated areas of athletics administration, including:

  • Ethical Leadership
  • Public Speaking and Media Training
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Corporate Sponsorships & Public Relations

The 2010 NCAA / NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute will be near Denver, CO at the scenic Inverness Hotel and Conference Center July 12 – 16, 2010. Tuition is only $500 for women working at NCAA institutions. $500 includes lodging and food!!!!

Registration Opens for the 2010 NCAA / NACWAA Leadership Enhancement Institute on February 1, 2010.

Application DEADLINE is Friday, February 19th!!! 

For more information, contact Shelley Davis at or (910)793-8244.

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The NACWAA Nominating Committee is currently soliciting candidates for the following positions:

  • President-Elect – This position requires a three-year commitment to NACWAA, serving one year as President- Elect, one year as President and one year as Past President.
  • Board of Directors – 3 positions to be filled; the term of office is 4 years.
  • Nominating Committee – 4 positions to be filled; the term of office is 2 years.

The Nominating Committee nominates qualified candidates for the office of President-Elect, the Nominating Committee, and the Board of Directors.

You may nominate yourself or another NACWAA member qualified and willing to serve. Biographical information and a photo are also needed. The nomination form can be accessed at the following link: 2010-2011 Candidate Data and Interest Form.

Deadline for nominations is February 26th.

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NCAA Women's Leadership Symposium -- REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!


Registration for the NCAA Women's Leadership Symposium is now available online.

March 27-28, 2010- Sacramento, California.

Designed as an educational experience for professional women new to working in intercollegiate athletics administration and coaching, as well as students aspiring to a career in college athletics, the NCAA Women's Leadership Symposium will come to the west in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Basketball Regional Semifinals.  The affordable, two-day program will ask participants to take an active role in exploring: 

Leadership Skills (leadership and communication skills, values clarification, philosophy development and conflict resolution)
Management Strategies (finance, organization, personnel and legal issues)
Career Advancement Skills (interviewing, resume and cover letter critiquing and networking skills)

The mission of the program is to further participants' skills, expand their professional network and promote the recruitment and retention of women in athletics administration and coaching.

Registration Fees: $75.00 for professionals and $25.00 for students

For more information and to register for WLS Sacramento, click here.

May 13-14, 2010- Tampa, Florida

Title Sponsors: NCAA & Embassy Suites
The mission of the WLS is to provide an educational program to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and support of women in intercollegiate athletics.

The program features notable industry specialists from the NCAA, the International Softball Federation, the American Council of Education, conference offices, collegiate athletic departments, and Tampa area professional franchises.

Registration Fees: $90 for professionals and $50 for students  

For more information and to register for WLS Tampa, click here.

Claire Van Ummersen Leadership Award

The WLS Committee (Tampa) is seeking nominations for the Claire Van Ummersen (CVU) Leadership Award. The winner of the CVU Leadership Award will be invited to participate in the 2010 WLS IN Tampa, FL as a guest of the committee (registration fee waived). Deserving candidates must have five years in intercollegiate athletics and have demonstrated leadership in developing women in the industry.

For more information and to nominate someone for the Claire Van Ummersen Leadership Award, click here

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During the month of February, NACWAA will honor its three African-American Presidents by highlighting each woman in this section of our Weekly Update. NACWAA would like to thank each of these women for their inspiration and dedication to advancing women athletics administrators. Update Stuff/Dee Todd.jpg

DeLores "Dee" Todd
NACWAA President 1995-1996
Director of Special Initiatives
North Carolina A&T State University

Dee Todd’s Biography
Dee Todd has a career marked by firsts, and has been a pioneer in intercollegiate athletics administration.  On May 4th, 2005 Todd made a significant mark in the history of North Carolina A&T Athletics by being named the first female athletics director at the University.  Todd is currently responsible for the direct oversight of special initiatives in education within A&T’s School of Education.  Before arriving at NC A&T, Todd served as Assistant Commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, making her the first woman to hold that position as well.  Todd began her career in intercollegiate athletics at Northwestern University where she was named Cross Country Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1983.  Todd then moved to Georgia Tech where she was honored three times as Georgia State Coach of the Year and was named ACC Coach of the Year for Women’s Outdoor Track in 1987.  She has served on numerous NCAA Committees, Chaired the USOC’s Minorities in Sports Task Force, was co-founder of Project GOLD and served as Assistant Coach for the World Track and Field Championships in Seville, Spain.  Todd has been inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Winston Salem State University Halls of Fame.  Dedicated to community service, Todd has served as Chair of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Commission, North Carolina Juvenile Justice Commissioner, Board Member for Goodwill Industries, YMCA and Center for Creative Leadership, External Vice President of the Women’s Professional Forum and member of the Board of Governors for the Summit House of North Carolina.

How did you first become involved with NACWAA?

I first began my involvement with NACWAA in 1990.  As a new administrator, I wanted to learn as much as I could about the history of women in sports.  Coming from a coaching background at Georgia Tech and Northwestern, I knew the coaching climate.  In 1994, I was asked by the 1993 President Dr. Marilyn McNeil, to join the Board as President-Elect.  I served as President from 1995 -1996.  I was the first Black President of NACWAA.  I also served as the last President without an Executive Director.  NACWAA had a part-time director, which made the President job the other part-time director.  It was under my presidency that the first full-time Executive Director was hired.   I was a presenter for the first NACWAA/HERS in Bryn Mawr, Penn.  I continue to speak on behalf of NACWAA to all women and women of color, particularly.

What advice would you give to young women of color in athletics administration?
Follow your dreams!  Unlike when I was coming along, there are many role models for women of color today.  I always said it’s hard to be what you can’t see.  Seeing women like myself that paved the way for women of color, the opportunities are enormous for not only coaches but administrators, too.  I would tell them to be a learning sponge and soak up everything they can about the plight of women and women of color in this business.

How have opportunities for women of color changed since you first entered this industry?
There are more opportunities in the sporting industry for women, not just women of color.  Although the numbers of women of color in high level administrative jobs is still narrow.  Division I has a terribly small number of women of color in high level positions.  I believe that this will change as people look at the quality of women of color and the people who hire change their ways.  I personally believe that women of color are where women were 20 years ago, trying to make a difference.

What factors have helped influence your success?
The main factors that influenced my success were white males willing to give me a chance to learn the industry.   I was given opportunities to come into a university or conference as a leader and grow.  I had good male mentors that made sure I was known to everyone.   They encouraged me to join organizations like NACWAA and be involved on numerous committees, both at the NCAA and USOC.  I was given the chance to grow and learn the industry.  My motto has always been “Each One, Reach One."  Mentoring other women as they expressed interest in athletics has influenced my success.  Giving back has made me grow as a person. 

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  Registration for the 2010 WBCA Pink Zone® is Officially Open!  

The WBCA Pink Zone® is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. The WBCA strongly encourages all supporters of women’s basketball to get into the Pink Zone and make donations from their event to the WBCA’s charity of choice, Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund®, in partnership with The V Foundation. Click here to officially register for the 2010 WBCA Pink Zone. Thank you for your support and involvement in the fight against breast cancer!

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If you aspire to be an Athletics Director....

NACWAA often receives inquiries from Executive Search firms requesting nominations of qualified women interested in Athletic Director positions.  As a member benefit, NACWAA is compiling a database of members who are interested in being considered for Athletic Director positions.  This database will also assist NACWAA in identifying women who are qualified to attend NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Athletics Executives.  By identifying women who seek Athletic Director positions and providing opportunities for them, NACWAA continues to achieve its vision of ‘women fully experiencing and enjoying professional careers in athletics administration with no barriers to their employment and advancement.’

If you aspire to be an Athletics Director, or are an Athletics Director looking for a new opportunity, and expect to be applying for these positions in the next 3-5 years, please complete the form by clicking here.  NO INFORMATION WILL BE RELEASED TO ANY OUTSIDE ENTITIES OR INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL.

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2010 Scholarly Conference on College Sport


Gary Williams, Anson Dorrance, Craig Thompson highlight participants in 2010 Scholarly Conference on College Sport

The College Sport Research Institute and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce that Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, North Carolina women’s soccer Anson Dorrance and Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson will be among the panelists and speakers at the 2010 Scholarly Conference on College Sport.

The conference runs from April 21-23, 2010, at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill. The first day features the Issues in College Sport Symposium, which will feature three panels:

• “Thou Shalt Not Tweet: Athletes’ Social Networking Legal Rights vs. Institutional Control”
• “Ethics of Elimination: Will Broad-Based Athletic Departments Survive?”
• “One and Done: What is the Effect of the NBA’s Age-Limit Rule on the College Game?”

Williams will serve on the NBA panel along with ESPN college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb and Vermont Law School professor and Sports Illustrated contributor Michael McCann. UNC women’s soccer coach Anson Dorrance will give the banquet keynote speech on April 22 while MWC commissioner Craig Thompson will offer the Bridging the Gap keynote on the morning of April 23. For a complete list of panelists and speakers, please visit our Program page.

In addition to the day-long symposium, the Scholarly Conference on College Sport will include two days of original research presentations from college-sport scholars from across the United States.

The student-centered conference also has two student events: One, a team case-study competition for undergraduate and graduate students from across the country; and new this year is the William C. Friday Graduate-Student College-Sport Research Paper Award, a writing competition for graduate students on topics related to college sport.

Please click here for more information or to register online.

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NACWAA, in conjunction with the Women's Sports Foundation, will be hosting the Women of Experience brunch on Monday, April 5th from 9:30AM - 11:30AM at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.

Please click here to order your Women of Experience brunch tickets now!!!!

We also have a limited number of Women's Final Four tickets available for purchase. In order to purchase tickets to the Final Four, you must be attending the Women of Experience Brunch. All Final Four tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis. The last day to order Final Four tickets is Wednesday, March 24th.

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New & Young Professionals!

  If you are new to the field of college athletics whether you are an intern, graduate student, or just interested in joining the field, sign-up for the New & Young Professionals listserve. To join, send an e-mail to This is a great way to network with your peers and obtain relevant information to expand your knowledge of intercollegiate athletics.

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CLICK HERE to join NACWAA's Facebook page or search for NACWAA.

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  Membership Contact Information  

Members, please make sure to inform the National Office of any changes to your membership contact information (new email address; job change; change of last name; new additions to an institutional membership, etc.).

In order for us to provide you with NACWAA news and other important information, it is imperative that we have the correct information in our database. Please click here to update your information. Thank you.

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Board Bound

Julie Hermann
Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
University of Louisville

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Louisville’s Leading Laureate

By Heidi Fisher

Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Julie Hermann?!  These women have a lot more in common than one may believe.  Julie Hermann, NACWAA’s treasurer and the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Louisville, is also a one-time published poet, “he [Hermann’s English professor in college] was taking some of the stuff I was writing and actually getting it published in university reviews,” Hermann stated.
So how did Julie Hermann get from, ‘roses are red, violets are blue,’ to becoming one of the most successful senior-level athletic administrators in the country?  While studying to become an English professor, Julie’s college volleyball coach at the University of Nebraska thought that she would excel as a coach.  At first resistant to the idea, Hermann decided to take a few interviews and before she could say “dig,” landed her first full-time gig at the University of Wyoming.  After a series of coaching positions she made the transition into athletics administration when her self-proclaimed mentor, Tom Jurich, now Athletic Director at University of Louisville, asked her to take on a new role.  “I never had one second of regret,” when asked about leaving coaching, “with the opportunity that Tom Jurich has given me at U of L, I feel like I’m coaching more than ever before with a wider range of people [and] on a broader scale of tasks,” Hermann said.   Julie certainly has a lot on her plate; she supervises several of the athletic departments’ teams, while overseeing Student Development, Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, Marketing, Development and the Olga Peers Academic unit.

When asked to name her single greatest professional accomplishment, Hermann would not take sole credit for much of what has been done at U of L.  As the ultimate team player, Jurich and Hermann have a supreme partnership, “when people ask ‘what do you do and what does Tom [Jurich] do’ well you can’t pull it apart,” Hermann said.  The Louisville athletic department, especially at the senior management level, is run very similar to a team and with a combo like Hermann and Jurich at the helm it’s no wonder that Louisville consistently produces top-quality teams and student-athletes.  One of Hermann’s most admirable qualities is her loyalty, which now is a word rarely associated with college athletics.  Throughout the interview Hermann consistently used the terms “we” and “us” when discussing the accomplishments of athletics at U of L and especially when discussing her relationship with her boss. When asked if we would ever see Hermann running her own department she devotedly responded, “Tom has allowed me to just be a part of an incredibly special partnership here and it would take an unusual set of circumstances for me to be willing to unhook that train.”  According to her the “grass isn’t always greener” as the number one person.  Although she is very happy at her current position, anyone who’s ever met Julie knows that she has the skills and personality to successfully run her own department at the highest level.

When asked to talk about something that she wished she knew when first entering the field of athletics administration, Hermann told the story of her father who owned a few small businesses while she was growing up.  At a young age, Julie witnessed the difference between those employees that simply showed up to work to get the paycheck and the others who truly wanted to better the organization.  Hermann considers herself an “owner” of the Louisville athletics department and because she is an owner she sometimes has to do the less glamorous things in order to make the organization run more effectively.  Julie wishes that she knew how to “become an owner” quicker.  She could never imagine, at this point in her career, going home at the end of the day thinking, “well I’ve got nothing on my plate,” there is always something to be done or someone who needs help with something. 

Although an accomplished poet, you will not find Julie Hermann at the local coffee shop during a poetry slam if she has free time.  You are more likely to find her trail running, mountain biking, or road biking.  Hermann says that her greatest personal accomplishment is “finding the time to run my 5 mile run, whether that be at 6AM or in the afternoon.”  It is important for Julie to stay in shape, partially so that the Louisville student-athletes do not seem shocked or surprised when she tells them that she was once a student-athlete. 

A far cry from the stereotypical “dumb jock,” Julie Hermann is truly an inspiring and innovative leader that all NACWAA members can admire.  She described herself as “one of the most transparent people on the planet.”  With Julie, what you see is what you get!  With a poet in NACWAA’s treasurer (Hermann) and piano player in the Past-President (Schroeder) the NACWAA National Office staff might just have to consider incorporating a talent show at the next convention! 

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Our Stories

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What I do at NACWAA: As the staff liaison to the Awards Committee, we have been soliciting nominations for the Lifetime Achievement, Judith M. Sweet Commitment, and the Administrator of Tomorrow Awards (nominations are due February 28!). Our Membership Retention Committee has been making solid progress as we have seen a number of renewals come into the office since our outreach began last November. Membership Recruitment is gearing up to attract current non-members to join our Association. Outside of Committee work, I am still actively researching and seeking conference and corporate partnership opportunities, along with some of the members of our 2010 Convention’s Local Organizing Committee.

What I'm doing outside of NACWAA: I recently finished the NACWAA February book of the month, The Glass Castle, and have started on a national bestseller entitled: The Overachievers, The Secret Lives of Driven Kids. In addition, I just joined a women’s outdoor soccer league; I am seriously so excited to get back out on the pitch! Our games start in a couple of weeks (hopefully, it will be a little warmer… it snowed down here this past weekend) and it has been a few years since my glory days of guarding the pipes, but it is an incredible adrenaline rush to be the last line of defense and the first line of offense. I cannot wait!!

If you have any questions or comments for Megan, please email her at

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Emory and Henry College has named Myra Sims as its new Athletic Director.  Previously, Sims was the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Emory University. Update Stuff/Anne McCoy.jpeg


Washington State University has promoted Anne McCoy to Interim Athletic Director.  Formerly, McCoy served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator. 


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"A Day in the Life of...Melissa Pluchos"

Melissa Pluchos
Director of Academic & Student-Athlete Services
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Describe a typical day for you.
A typical day for me centers upon drop in and appointment-based academic meetings with student-athletes.  I also see a lot of students each day who come by with questions or concerns about their degree program, tutoring, study hall, or various university policies.  Additionally, each day I spend a fair amount of time communicating with professors, coaches, tutors, campus student services and athletic staff.  I work to have an open door policy with student-athletes and staff, though sometimes the volume of student-athletes I see can make it difficult to get work done on larger projects such as writing weekly academic reports, committee work, workshops, and other special projects. In sum, identifying problems and developing solutions is a primary theme in each day.

What advice would you share to young professional women starting out in their career?
I would encourage young professional women to work smarter and with more passion than they ever thought imaginable!  Taking simple steps each day like looking someone directly in the eye and speaking with confidence can take young women far.  Staying in touch with current and past colleagues as well as meeting new people in the field is also vital.  Additionally, I would encourage everyone to attend any workshop, conference, or training session (especially a technology or computer-based course) that would help them be a more versatile or skilled administrator.

How has your involvement with NACWAA influenced or helped your career?

NACWAA has been a great asset to me as an administrator working in smaller athletic departments.  Often I do not have the ability to attend many conferences or even have the mentoring that larger staffs might have, but merely by receiving the weekly emails, I have had the opportunity to grow, develop and be involved in the field that I love.  NACWAA’s greatest influence on me has been the NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement (formerly known as NACWAA/HERS) as it allowed me to “put the pieces together” in my background and experience to help me become a greater asset to our student-athletes.  Even nearly five years later, the NACWAA Institute is still something that positively impacts me.

What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is a toss up between Fried Green Tomatoes and The Red Violin.  I love how both movies portray the development of relationships over the course of our lives.

What do you like to do on your day off?
After completing several shorter runs during the work week, I have always enjoyed going for a long run on my day off.  The runs help me to process the events of the week, thereby assisting with my work/life balance.  I also enjoy researching and planning our annual travel adventure as well as working on the digital photobook of each trip.

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"New & Young Professionals"

Question of the Week: What is the best part about your current position and why?


-The best part about my internship with NACWAA is being able to network and interact with a diverse group of female athletics administrators. In the past 7 months I have had the opportunity to meet and work with women who were just starting out in the field and those who had been in the business for years. I enjoy both groups and have gained knowledge from everyone that I have come in contact with. I hope to maintain and continue building these relationships.
We have a small staff so it's been great being able to work closely with our 3 Directors and Interim Executive Director. Everyone is very accessible and willing to assist in anyway possible which has helped with my professional development tremendously!


-The thing that I love about NACWAA, collegiate athletics, and higher education in general is people and helping them with finding resources to be successful and happy. I am so passionate about the learning opportunities provided through sport and doing whatever I possibly can to help young people and women, especially, so the fact that I can be a part of this process is clearly the best part and has always been the best part of my job.


-The best part about working at DePaul is having the opportunity to learn from and work with such an amazing staff! The friendships that I have formed in 6 months have really made my transition much easier--we truly are one big family! I also enjoy organizing events and working with our alumni and donors on a day-to-day basis.

Oh, and being able to play basketball (AKA- Noon Ball) during lunch is also a major plus, especially now that Girl Scout cookies are being distributed! :)

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Mentoring Tip:

Networking and Mentoring: Not just "girl talk"


Mentoring: What is it and why is it important?

Mentoring is a lot like coaching. When you join a workforce you are essentially joining a team. When you are new to this team, you want to find a mentor to assist you in making career decisions. With a little advice and direction, adjusting to your new job won’t be nearly as difficult as it would be if you were doing it alone. Some work places have mentoring programs already set up, but many do not. If your work place has a program, use it. If not, there are plenty of other ways you can find a mentor.

Mentoring Works!

  • More than half of women entrepreneurs have had mentors, and of those nearly half (48 percent) had mentors who were also women.

  • Mentoring of women is on the rise: 68 percent of women aged 18-29 say they have had mentors compared with only 56 percent of women aged 50 or more.

  • Facts taken from Avon Survey, June 4, 1998.

Finding a Mentor

  • Find someone in your office who is successful, and someone whom you can trust. Generally, successful people are successful because they made mistakes and corrected them, or had a mentor to steer them in the right direction. Because you are a woman entering the workforce, you may want to find a woman mentor.

  • Look to a role model within your department. Think of yourself as an apprentice to your mentor; try to learn her trade.

  • Once you have found a potential mentor, use the direct approach. Don’t be intimidated by the person you have chosen to be your mentor. When you speak with her, be polite. Tell her you understand that she is busy, but you want to advance in the workplace. Ask her if she can help you. While successful women who are prospective mentors are very busy, they will most likely be flattered you asked, and willing to work with you. If not, try and find another mentor.

Interacting with Your Mentor

  • Establish a regular meeting time. Don’t expect to meet with your mentor every day or even every week (especially in larger work places). If she is busy, ask if you can contact her by phone or email to check in. The rest is up to you and your mentor.

  • Don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. Your mentor is there to help you. She may sometimes tell you things you don’t want to hear. Be ready for positive and negative feedback as your mentor helps you take a closer look at your work habits.

  • Remember: while you should be comfortable with a mentor, it's a working relationship. It is your mentor's job to be aware of what is going on in your career. Your mentor's role in your life is professional, not personal. Off the clock contact may not be appropriate.

  • Maintain a good relationship with your mentor. While you should be ready to take some criticism, it is up to you to draw the line if such feedback becomes unhelpful. If you feel uncomfortable, you should feel free to find a new mentor.

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West Region


Women's Leadership Symposium in Intercollegiate Athletics
March 27-28, 2010
Sacramento, California
Registration is open!

NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week
June 19-25, 2010
Anaheim, California

Registration is now open. Please click here for more information.

Title IX Self-Evaluation Classes
Various Dates in 2010
The Radisson Suite Hotel
San Diego, California


Midwest Region


NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement
June 3-7, 2010
Englewood, Colorado (near Denver)
Registration is now open!

OHIO Sports Business Academy
July 18-25, 2010
Columbus, Ohio

This week-long Academy focuses on establishing a basis for which entering high school juniors and seniors and college freshmen in sports can begin their journey into the ever-changing world of sports. The OHIO Sports Business Academy will provide a full academic course worth of material in one week of work through classroom settings, practical experiences, and trips. For more information, please visit the OHIO Sports Business Academy page at


Great Lakes Region


We do not have any professional development in the Great Lakes Region to share. If you know of any professional development in this region, please email to


Northeast Region


Interested in networking with fellow NACWAA members in the Boston area??? If so be sure to check out the Boston Women Athletic Administrator's (BWAA) Network.

The BWAA Network is for female athletic administrators who are new to the profession or established in their careers. This network will provide social and professional development opportunities. CLICK HERE for more information about the BWAA and upcoming events.


South Region


The 7th Annual Sports Events Marketing Experience (SEME)
March 26-27, 2010
Washington, D.C., Georgetown University

Please click here for more information or to register.

2010 Scholarly Conference on College Sport
April 21-23, 2010
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Registration is open!

Women's Leadership Symposium in Intercollegiate Athletics
May 13-14, 2010
Embassy Suites near Busch Gardens
Tampa, Florida
Registration is now open!

NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement
June 11-15, 2010
Peachtree City, Georgia (near Atlanta)
Registration is now open!

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Research Projects



Assistant Athletic Operations Director
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 

In 2006, the NBA instituted a rule that required players to be one year removed from high school before they were eligible to enter the NBA draft.  As a result, many of the nation’s top high school basketball players decided to play NCAA Division I college basketball for one season, until they could enter the draft.  These players became known as one-and-done’s and this study was created to determine their impact on college basketball.  Their impact was measured with five variables: winning percentage, NCAA tournament games, attendance, merchandise sales, and roster turnover.  Of the five variables only NCAA tournament games was found to be significantly different with a one-and-done player.  However, because of the popularity and importance of the NCAA tournament, it can be concluded that one-and-done players have had a significant effect on Division I Men’s College Basketball Programs.

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Chatham University: Director of Athletics Department
University of Minnesota: Assistant Director of Athletic Compliance
The College at Brockport, State University of New York:
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Ohio University: Director of Annual Giving
Ohio University: Director of Ticket Operations
University of Oregon/Erb Memorial Union: Club Sports Coordinator

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DePaul University: Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
Centenary College:
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Ball State University: Assistant Women's Soccer Coach
Ball State University: Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
The Ohio State University: Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
Smith College: Head Softball Coach
Adelphi University: Head Women's Basketball Coach/Assistant Director of Athletics

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Internships/Graduate Assistantships
  University of Missouri: Graduate Assistant-Women's Wolleyball
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  NACWAA Blog for Knowledge  


NACWAA is looking for members to be a part of the NACWAA Blog for Knowledge

The Team NACWAA social networking site was created as a way for NACWAA members to communicate and engage one another in the hopes of empowering and guiding each other.  We are calling out to all NACWAA members who have something to share.  If you are currently organizing an event on campus, you can blog about your experience in planning and executing this event.  The possibilities are endless!

One of the struggles with reaching out to individuals from various generations is determining the best tool to use. The Millennial generation was raised on the Internet.  No one had to teach them how to use Facebook; show them how to use Twitter once and they get it instantly.  However, not all NACWAA members are as comfortable utilizing these means of communication. If we are able to bridge the teaching and learning gaps so that all can benefit, we can continue the cycle of empowering women from all generations. 

If individuals are willing to take ten minutes once a week to blog about their past experiences or current adventures in collegiate athletic administration we can continue the professional development and education of people on campuses across the country without spending one cent.  We must begin to use each other and the technology that allows us to pass information at light speed.  Sometimes the hardest part is getting started and that is why NACWAA has developed a list of topics for participants to blog about.  If you are interested in being a part of the “Blog for Knowledge”   Please contact Jackie Driscoll at the NACWAA National Office at or (910) 793-8244.

Topic Ideas
(more to be added or suggest your own at

1. Significant professional accomplishments/how you accomplished them
2. Role of mentors
3. Professional development opportunities
4. Attracting female donors
5. New academic programs for student-athletes
6. Current events in women’s athletics (i.e. New Mexico soccer player)
7. New programs in general in the athletic department
8. Steps to building a budget
9. Steps to developing a marketing plan
10. Dealing with a difficult decision as a leader
11. Finding harmony in your life

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Quote of the Week
  "Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."
Book of the Month Club


The Glass Castle: A Memoir
By Jeannette Walls Update Stuff/The Glass Castle 2-4.jpg

If you liked this book, you might also like... Update Stuff/Half Broke Horses 2-16.jpgHalf Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

For the first 10 years of her life, Lily Casey Smith, the narrator of this true-life novel by her granddaughter, Walls, lived in a dirt dugout in west Texas. Walls, whose megaselling memoir, The Glass Castle, recalled her own upbringing, writes in what she recalls as Lily's plainspoken voice, whose recital provides plenty of drama and suspense as she ricochets from one challenge to another. Having been educated in fits and starts because of her parents' penury, Lily becomes a teacher at age 15 in a remote frontier town she reaches after a solo 28-day ride. Marriage to a bigamist almost saps her spirit, but later she weds a rancher with whom she shares two children and a strain of plucky resilience. (They sell bootleg liquor during Prohibition, hiding the bottles under a baby's crib.) Lily is a spirited heroine, fiercely outspoken against hypocrisy and prejudice, a rodeo rider and fearless breaker of horses, and a ruthless poker player. Assailed by flash floods, tornados and droughts, Lily never gets far from hardscrabble drudgery in several states—New Mexico, Arizona, Illinois—but hers is one of those heartwarming stories about indomitable women that will always find an audience.

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The Liars' Club: A Memoir Update Stuff/Liars' Club 2-18.jpg

In this funny, razor-edged memoir, Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a volatile, defiantly loving family. She recalls her painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip into psychosis; a fist-swinging father who spun tales with his cronies--dubbed the Liars' Club; and a neighborhood rape when she was eight. An inheritance was squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at the deserving and undeserving. With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a poet's eye for the lyrical detail, Karr shows us a "terrific family of liars and drunks ... redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth."

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Please consider reading along with the National Office Staff and posting on the Book of the Month Club Forum!

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