Donna Polk, who spent 14 years as a coach and administrator on the collegiate level, has been named Executive Director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA). Her hiring was announced by the state department of education. She begins her new duties on February 2.
In addition to her collegiate esperience, she has also served as a student advisor and head women's basketball coach at the high school level.
Polk becomes the ninth executive director since the organization was founded in 1945 and is both the first female and first African-American Executive Director.
She is already familiar with the position having served as DIAA's coordinator of interscholastic events since November, 2018.
She succeeds Gary Cimaglia who stepped down in October.
A graduate of Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, Polk was Compliance Coordinator/Sports Information Director and Women's Basketball Coach at her alma mater..
During her time at Bowie State University, Polk worked as Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman's Administrator. She also served as president of the CIAA Senior Woman's Administrators and served nationally on NCAA ranking committees in softball and women's basketball.
One of her first priorities with the DIAA is filling the position she's leaving since the organization only has three full-time staff members.