For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Mary's City, Md. – Scott Devine, the director of athletics and recreation at St. Mary's College of Maryland, announced Erin McDonnell as the next Senior Woman Administrator at the College on Thursday afternoon.
McDonnell, who is entering her third season as the head women's lacrosse coach at St. Mary's, replaces former head women's basketball coach, Crystal Gibson, as the department's SWA. Gibson stepped down this past July to take the associate director of athletics position at Susquehanna University.
Devine stated, "I am happy to announce Coach McDonnell as our next Senior Woman Administrator and I believe she will pick up right where Crystal Gibson left off. We have plans to enhance the visibility of the SWA position. I am confident that Erin is ready to take on the duties and the liaison work that comes with the title. I will also look to Erin to help impact things at the Capital Athletic Conference level and at the NCAA level, with the goal in mind to provide the highest quality student-athlete experience we possibly can."
"Erin will also play an important role in developing relevant programs for our student-athletes, with a particular focus on issues most important to our female student-athletes and staff. I look forward to partnering with Erin on these important initiatives."
In her role as SWA, McDonnell will have a full plate of responsibilities, including serving on the management team for the Department of Athletics & Recreation; advising the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; and attending all Capital Athletic Conference Athletic Council meetings. Additionally, she will coordinate the physical education program.
Another essential duty associated with SWA will be McDonnell's role as the department's liaison to the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDEs). She will work closely with Dr. Kortet Mensah, the associate vice president of diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer, to provide programming demonstrating the College's commitment to providing learning opportunities that enhance each member's ability to positively interact with diverse individuals.
"I am extremely excited and honored by this opportunity. I cannot wait to give back to the community, student-athletes, and the athletic department through this position," expressed McDonnell.
McDonnell has led the Seahawk women's lacrosse program to a 25-13 (11-5 CAC) two-year record, including a trip to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in her first season at the helm.
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