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China Jude,the Assistant Vice President for Athletics at Queens (N.Y.) College is our next guest on A chat in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith. Jude currently serves as Chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC). Join us Tuesday 9/2 at 11:30 am est. via www.chatinthegarden.com or call in 347-989-8385
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Tara A. Owens was named athletic director of BCCC on January 18, 2010.Owens will enter her second year as the head coach of the women's basketball team. In Owens first season as head coach, the women's basketball team posted 21 wins in the season on the way to capturing the 2013-14 MD JUCO Championship. The Lady Panthers eventually felll to Harford Community College in the Region XX Championship.Before coming to BCCC, Owens spent two seasons (2007-09) as the head women’s basketball coach at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.Prior to NSU, Owens served as the head coach at Elizabeth City State University for three seasons, compiling a 58-31 record and leading the Lady Vikings to the finals of the CIAA Tournament on two occasions (2005, 2007).In 2006-07, Owens led ECSU to a 21-10 record, one of two 20-win seasons during her three-year tenure. After falling to North Carolina Central in the CIAA Tournament championship game, the Lady Vikings earned an at-large berth to the NCAA South Atlantic Regional. That team was led by CIAA Player of the Year Celeste Trahan, a Daktronics Division II second-team All-American.Owens got her start in coaching at Division II Cheyney (Pa.) University. She served as an assistant coach for two seasons prior to taking over as head coach from 1998-2004. At Cheyney, Owens also held the title of senior woman administrator and project administrator/activity director for the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP).A 1993 graduate of Virginia State University, Owens played for the Trojans from 1988-1991. She received her bachelor’s degree from VSU in physical education/health and completed her master’s degree in administration and supervision at Cheyney University in 1998.Owens holds memberships in the National Association of Female Executives, Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association.
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Monique A.J. Smith has held several positions within intercollegiate athletics some of which were Sports Information Director, Athletic Director and Associate Commissioner for the historic CIAA. Currently, Monique is CEO of Seeds of Empowerment, LLC a consulting company that focuses on leadership development and recently was certified as a Prana Business Partner.
As an Athletic Administration veteran of 24 years, Monique invites listeners to a Chat in the Garden to hear from her network of inspiring leaders in Higher Education and Athletics. Guests will share their career paths, provide insight on their institution’s initiatives and leave seeds of wisdom for listeners that wish to follow their path.
This week’s guest is Terlynn Olds, the Athletic Director for Chatham University, located in Pittsburgh, PA.
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Tune in Tuesday, Nov. 4th 11:30 am est when our guest on Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith will be newly appointed Athletic Director, Selina Kohn of Paine College. Kohn is the first female to lead a collegiate program in the Aiken-Augusta area. She also becomes the second female athletic director in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, joining Penny Minter, of Lane College. Kohn served as Paine’s associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator before taking the program’s top position. She replaces Tim Duncan, who stepped down in July to become athletic director at Clayton State. Kohn served two stints as the school’s interim athletic director. From January to April in 2011, she bridged the gap between Ron Spry and Duncan. She again served in an interim role after the departure of Duncan before getting the job full-time.
From 1990-93, she set four NCAA Division II records, including: most assists in a game (23), assists in a season (309), season-assist average (11.9) and career assists (927, 107 games). After graduating from Albany State in 1994 with a biology degree, she became the team’s assistant coach.
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I’m looking forward to chatting with Kiki Baker Barnes, the Athletic Director of Dillard University on tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 18th at 11:30 am est Barnes was named Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Athletics Director of the Year, which is a member of the NAIA. She enters her 9th year as AD at Dillard University, and she also serves as GCAC President.
“As President of the GCAC, she took the lead in the hiring of our new commissioner,” said Dillard University President Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough. “They have formed a great team that helped produce a fantastic basketball tournament. Her leadership has been also noted by the chair of the council of presidents.”
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Tune in via website www.chatinthegarden.com or call in 347-989-8385. Tuesday, August 19th at 11:30 am est. meet and chat with Portia Hoeg, Director of Athletics and Recreation at Allegheny College in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith where Significance Blooms.
Portia Hoeg was named director of athletics and recreation at Allegheny College on December 8, 2011. Prior to her appointment as Allegheny AD, Hoeg served as the associate director of athletics at Lake Forest College, which is a member of the highly competitive Midwest Conference. Hoeg recently served as vice chair of the NCAA Division-III Management Council, while she is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) and the National Association of Division-III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA).
Her record of service in administration was honored in December 2008, as she was the inaugural recipient of the NADIIIAA Emerging Athletic Administrator award for exemplary achievement and service as an emerging athletic administrator and leader in Division III intercollegiate athletics.
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Come join us on www.chatinthegarden Tuesday, Nov.at 11:30 am est as we celebrate Dianthia Ford-Kee first year as Athletic Director at Mississippi Valley State University and her stellar career as an Change Agent within the NCAA.
Read what the current NCAA VP says about Ford-Kee. "While serving as president of three CIAA schools (Virginia Union, Livingstone and St. Augustine's), I had the opportunity to get to know and view first-hand the coaching and athletic administrative career of Dianthia Ford-Kee while she was at Shaw University," said Dr. Bernard Franklin, NCAA Executive Vice President for Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs and NCAA Chief Inclusion Officer. "Since joining the NCAA in 2003 as a senior executive staff member, I continued my relationship with Dianthia and have had the opportunity to witness her Associate A.D. work at Shaw and A.D. work at Lincoln and know of the numerous NCAA committees she has served on and the respect that the NCAA staff has for her work and leadership in athletics. MVSU is getting a seasoned, highly professional and expert athletic administrator who is viewed as one of the finest A.D.'s in the country. I know that she will do an excellent job at The Valley and Dr. Bynum and the MVSU community and athletic teams are very fortunate to have her aboard as A.D. The NCAA staff and I look forward to a continued strong working relationship with Mrs. Ford-Kee."
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Tune in via website www.chatinthegarden.com or call in 347-989-8385. Tuesday, August 12th at 11:30 am est. meet and chat with Tonia Walker, Director of Athletics for the Rams of Winston-Salem State University in the Garden with Monique A.J. Smith where Significance Blooms.
Tonia Walker has been an integral part of the Winston-Salem State University Department of Athletics for more than a decade and has occupied nearly every administrative position within the department, but can now be officially called WSSU’s Director of Athletics.
Mrs. Walker has just currently finished her second stint as Interim Director of Athletics. Walker’s first stint as Interim Director of Athletics came on February, 9, 2009 and served at the head of the WSSU Department of Athletics for the better part of 11 months before returning to her role as the Associate Director of Athletics in January of 2010 following the installation of Director of Athletics, Bill Hayes.
In addition to her duties as the Rams’ Associate Director of Athletics she has also served as the Senior Woman Administrator, a role that she has occupied for nine years.
She has been a member of the WSSU Athletics staff since August of 2000 and will enter into her 14th year of service to Winston-Salem State University in 2010-11 making her the most senior administrator in the WSSU Athletic Department.
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Come join us on www.chatinthegarden Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 11:30 am est as we chat with Jeannie King Athletic Director at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Listen to this successful NCAA Division II Administrator share her communication and leadership style that has led to sucess for the Royals since 1998.
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If you are interested in hearing about women in leadership roles in sports join us Tuesday, at 11:30 am est and hear from the only sitting Division I non-HBCU African-American female Athletic Director, Carla Wilson of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). Wilson’s leadership in the department has touched many facets – budget, human resources, facilities, sport administration and student-athlete welfare and development.Wilson became the only female athletics director in the Western Athletic Conference, and the first ever female leader of intercollegiate athletics at UMKC. She is one of a few minority women serving as an athletics director at the NCAA’s 351 Division I institutions. At the time of her hire, less than 9 percent of Division I athletics directors were women; less than 4 percent were minority women. She was also the only African-American woman athletics director in Division I not at a historically black college or university.
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Tune in Tuesday, Sept. 23rd at 11:30 am est when our guest on Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith will be Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree, the Director of Athletics at North Carolina Central University . She officially began her new leadership role on May 1, 2008. Wicker-McCree, who officially began her reign May 2008, is of the ranks of only a handful of women athletic directors in the UNC system, previously served as NCCU's associate athletics director for internal affairs. She has served in a variety of leadership positions in both conference and national level organizations, most notably as president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Executive Board from 2004-06, becoming only the second woman to ever hold that position in the league's history. In addition, she served as a member of the NCAA's Division II Legislation Committee from 2003-07.
Wicker-McCree was one of the driving forces behind NCCU's reclassification to NCAA Division I. From 1998 until her appointment as Director of Athletics in 2008, she oversaw the internal operations of the Athletics Department, including all compliance and eligibility programs. Wicker-McCree began her career at NCCU as the head coach for women's volleyball and softball. She became the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school's first-ever CIAA titles in softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004, 2005). A three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, 2005) and former member of the NCAA Division II National Volleyball Committee, Wicker-McCree earned 239 match victories in 12 seasons as head volleyball coach at NCCU. She was also inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 as head coach of the 1998 softball team.
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Come join us on www.chatinthegarden Tuesday, Oct. 14th at 11:30 am est as we chat with Pat Thomas the Athletic Director at University of District of Columbia (UDC). Thomas is a 30 plus veteran of Higher Education and Athletics , after spending the majority of that time with the Hoyas of Georgetown University. Call with in with questions 347-989-8385 as we talk about her Career, her advice for others following her path and her platform for the Firebirds of UDC.
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