Temple to overhaul key Athletics functions
As part of a Universitywide push for higher academic standards and greater accountability, President David Adamany has announced a reorganization of several critical functions affecting Temple’s 24 intercollegiate athletic programs.
The University has initiated a major overhaul of academic advising for student-athletes, as well as academic support and the oversight of NCAA certification and regulatory compliance.
“In order to succeed on the playing field, our student-athletes must succeed in the classroom and our athletics programs must meet the highest standards of integrity,” Adamany said.
To ensure the academic progress of more than 500 Temple student-athletes, a new academic advising team is being created in the Division of University Studies. When fully staffed, the team will consist of two athletic academic advisers, new positions created to provide individual academic counseling for student-athletes. Academic advising for student-athletes is now in the portfolio of Temple’s chief academic officer, Provost Ira Schwartz.
Academic support for Temple’s student-athletes also has been restructured. One of the four members of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ academic support team, who supervise study halls and serve as liaisons to coaches, is now dedicated to supporting Temple’s football program and new head coach Al Golden.
In addition, the University has created a new staff position, a certifying officer, who will be responsible for ensuring that all of Temple’s student-athletes are eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics according to NCAA regulations.
The certifying officer also will oversee the production of each Temple athletic team’s Academic Progress Report, part of the NCAA’s new system for rewarding teams that maintain high levels of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes. Like Temple’s new academic advisers, the certifying officer reports to the Provost’s Office.
“Moving these essential functions to the academic side of the house is a reflection of our growing emphasis on raising expectations for Temple students: Our goal is for every Temple student-athlete to exceed conference, NCAA and University requirements for academic eligibility to compete,” Adamany said. “The moves also will make it easier for the athletic academic advisers to coordinate with advisers at each student-athlete’s school or college.”
Temple officials expect the new positions to be filled by July 1. National searches are now under way.
The athletics department also recently hired two new staff members to run its compliance unit: Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Sherryta Freeman, who joined Temple in August after holding the same position at Dartmouth College; and Compliance Coordinator Andrew Cardamone, who had been an academic counselor at the University of Oklahoma.
Freeman and Cardamone help Temple coaches, administrators and student-athletes navigate the complex, rapidly evolving rules and regulations of athletic conferences and the NCAA.
“With the arrival of Sherryta and Andrew in our compliance unit, the imminent arrival of a certifying officer and a revamped academic advising team, Temple will soon have a system to support its student-athletes and sports programs that is second-to-none,” said Senior Vice President Clarence D. Armbrister, who oversees Temple Athletics.
- By Hillel J. Hoffmann