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St. Aug's Kelly selected To NCAA Div. II Track and Field Committee

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August 10, 2009

Saint Augustine’s College’s Associate Athletic Director Kristene Kelly has been named to the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee.

Kelly will serve on the committee for four years from Sept. 1, 2009 to Sept. 1, 2013. Her primary responsibility as a committee member will be to help supervise the conduct of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field championships.

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"It's a tremendous honor to be able to represent Saint Augustine's College and the CIAA on this prestigious NCAA committee," Kelly said. "Not only is it great for myself and Saint Augustine's College, but it gives the CIAA [Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association] a voice on the committee. I must admit I have a slight advantage by having the opportunity to work daily with legendary track and field coach George Williams. I look forward to serving four years and continuously enhancing the experience of our athletes at the championships."

Athletic director George Williams of Saint Augustine’s College says Kelly is a great addition to the committee.

“After being on the committee for eight years, I know Mrs. Kelly has what it takes to be a positive committee member and has what it takes to support all Division II programs in the NCAA,” said Williams, whose Falcon track and field teams have won 31 NCAA national championships. “I have no doubt that the committee did a great job in selecting Mrs. Kelly. We here at Saint Augustine’s College are very proud of her.”

Kelly is currently in her first year as Associate Athletic Director at Saint Augustine’s College. As the Associate AD, Kelly serves on the senior management team and assists with the administration and governance of the department of athletics. She joined the Falcon family after serving nearly seven years as the Sports Information Director at Johnson C. Smith University.

Kelly earned a bachelor of science degree in sports management and a bachelor of arts degree in public relations from Johnson C. Smith University in 2000. Upon graduation, she served as an adjunct instructor in the health and physical education department.

Before working at Johnson C. Smith University full time, Kelly worked at The University of Tennessee, where she served as the graduate assistant/academic counselor for the Lady Volunteer rowing and tennis teams. Her duties included determining initial and continuing eligibility of student-athletes, serving as a liaison between coaches and faculty, and monitoring student-athlete's academic progress toward a degree.

While at Johnson C. Smith University, Kelly was awarded the John Holley Sports Information Director of the Year award in 2005, becoming only the second female to receive that honor. In addition, she graduated from the NCAA's Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Females in 2007. She is a member of several professional organizations and prior to her appointment at Saint Augustine’s College, she served as one of the contest coordinators for CoSIDA publications, vice-president of the CIAA-Sports Information Director’s Association and secretary of the Black College Sports Information Director’s Association.


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