Worcester, Mass—Following an extensive nationwide search, the Clark University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Kirsten Clark as the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator. Director of Athletics and Recreation, Trish Cronin confirmed the appointment of Clark as she joined the department in July of 2019.
"I'm very pleased to welcome Kirsten to the Clark athletics family. She brings a wealth of experience to our department and her extensive work and understanding of our mission will undoubtedly benefit our student-athletes, coaches, and staff as well as the entire University community," said Cronin.
Clark brings over 20 years of progressive intercollegiate athletics experience as an administrator and a coach, as well as a strong background in NCAA compliance and reporting. Most recently Clark served as the Associate Athletic Director at Babson College for five years.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Trish Cronin and the search committee for the opportunity to be a part of an exceptional university and the Clark Athletics team. I look forward working with the community and continuing the growth of the department," said Clark.
While at Babson, Clark assisted the Director of Athletics in all aspects of operations and management of the Beavers' 22 varsity programs that compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). She also assisted in the development, implementation, and evaluation of department goals, long-term strategic planning, and policies. Clark was responsible for managing the department's operating budget, daily budget process, and NCAA reports. She handled all of Babson's NCAA compliance reporting, interpretations, education, and waivers while successfully implementing compliance software for better roster and eligibility tracking.
Prior to Babson, Clark was the Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator at The College of New Jersey for three years. In this role she oversaw day-to-day operations for the 20 varsity athletic programs, intramurals, 23 club sports, fitness programs, and five outdoor and five indoor facilities. Clark ensured college compliance with all NCAA rules while implementing a comprehensive NCAA rules education program for coaches and campus staff. Along with budgeting and financial responsibilities she also served as the campus Deputy Title IX coordinator.
Clark served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Welfare at East Tennessee University for six years. In this role she managed all functions of Division I Compliance for 17 varsity sports, including four nationally ranked programs. She created a comprehensive NCAA compliance education program that included coaches, staff, student-athletes, relevant campus offices, alumni, and boosters.
Clark earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of Rochester before completing her Masters of Sports Administration degree at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. in 2001. While at Canisius Clark began her career in athletics as the head women's swimming and diving coach from 1998-2003.
She is a member of the Women Leaders in College Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators.