Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan University was recently named a recipient of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Strategic Alliance Matching (SAM) Grant, which will provide funding over the next three years to hire a full-time diverse assistant athletics director — a new position that the university or the department of athletics would otherwise not have been able to implement.
The grant is funded though Division II diversity grants, which provides financial assistance to Division II conferences and member institutions committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in mid-to-senior intercollegiate athletics administrative positions. The grant requires the position to be awarded to an ethnic minority and/or female candidate that agrees to employment for a full five years at the university.
"We are so thankful to the NCAA for this opportunity," said Associate Athletics Director and Head Women's Volleyball Coach Julia Reininga. "This grant will be an amazing addition to our already outstanding student resources. This grant will help bolster our management of our over 300+ Student Athletes which will help the entire SWU Community. What an amazing blessing."
The assistant athletic director for academic success and community engagement reports directly to the university's director of athletics and supports the continued high expectations of the Warrior student-athletes within the classroom as well as better serve the SWU and local communities. This position will join the administrative staff in leading the department and the over 300 student-athletes in four core values of: spiritual development, academic success, community service and athletic excellence.
"SWU is a proud member of the NCAA and Conference Carolinas'," SWU Director of Athletics, Chris Williams said. "This grant provides SWU AND Warrior Athletics with the unique opportunity to greater serve our student athletes with the appointment of an assistant athletic director and closely aligns with our values to promote diversity and inclusion within our campus community and athletics department. We're grateful for this support from the NCAA and the conference that will enable us to push the athletics program and university forward."
A recruitment search is currently underway to fill this position with the goal of selecting a candidate for the 2019-20 academic year.