Coastal Carolina Goes Through Mandatory NCAA Certification
CONWAY (Aug. 25, 2010) - The 2010-11 academic year is a significant one for the Coastal Carolina University and its Department of Athletics.
The University, for the third time, will be undergoing a mandated certification by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which occurs on a 10-year cycle for all NCAA institutions and includes a year-and-a-half, internal self-study. The process for NCAA Division I certification entails an institutional self-study report which specifically covers the areas of (1) academic integrity, (2) governance and commitment to rules compliance and (3) commitment to gender equity and student-athlete well-being.
The self-study, led by University President Dr. David DeCenzo, will provide an opportunity to increase awareness of intercollegiate athletics campus-wide, to affirm the positive aspects of intercollegiate athletics and to resolve any issues or inequities of the athletics program that are identified during the self-study process. As part of the certification, the University will list goals and objectives with specific deadlines.
Once the University concludes its study, a three-person external team of reviewers assigned by the NCAA will conduct an evaluation on campus. The reviewers will report to the independent NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, which subsequently will determine the institution's certification status and publicly announce the decision.
To assist Dr. DeCenzo in the campus-wide, self study, John Vrooman, former CCU history professor and baseball coach, will chair the NCAA Certification Steering Committee.
"The study will focus on three major areas and will have committees for each," said CCU Executive Vice President Edgar Dyer. "Academic integrity will be chaired by Vrooman; commitment to rules compliance will be chaired by CCU Provost Rob Sheehan; and equity and student-athlete welfare will be co-chaired by former Chanticleer softball player and local business executive Sherry Johnson and CCU professor Jerome Christa."
In addition to the role the University and Department of Athletics will play in this study, the general student population, student-athletes, the people in the Conway/Myrtle Beach area and alumni will be asked to participate. Throughout the study, the University and Department of Athletics will make it known when public forums and public feedback, through media such as the internet and other means, will be welcomed.
Likewise, the committee's findings and conclusions will be made available for public consumption.
"This exercise is very valuable to both the University and Department of Athletics," said Hunter Yurachek, first-year Director of Athletics. "The University can use this time to get a better feel for the Department and how it fits within the mission of the University. Being involved in the day-to-day activities, one can get too familiar and maybe too comfortable with the way we conduct business. It will be great to get a different perspective on how we operate and what needs should be addressed. This exercise is great too because, ultimately, it benefits our student-athletes."
The NCAA is a voluntary organization devoted to the sound administration of intercollegiate athletics. Athletics certification has been administered by the NCAA from the time it was adopted at the 1993 NCAA Convention. The process is meant to ensure a fundamental commitment to integrity in intercollegiate athletics.
NCAA Recertification Roster
|Edgar Dyer||Coastal Carolina University Executive Vice President|
|David A. DeCenzo||Coastal Carolina University President|
|Robert Sheehan||Coastal Carolina University Provost|
|Hunter Yurachek||Coastal Carolina University Director of Athletics|
|Bruce Gregory||Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations|
|Cari Rosiek||Associate Director of Athletics & Senior Woman Administrator|
|Daniel Bonifas||Coastal Carolina University Student-Athlete|
|Sarah Maples||Coastal Carolina University Student-Athlete|
|Larry Biddle||Retired executive and member of the CCU Board of Trustees|
|John Vrooman, Chair||Retired CCU faculty member, dean, coach and athletics director; chair of the board of Coastal Athletic Foundation|
|Dr. Sharon Thompson||Professor/Coordinator of Health Promotion and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative|
|Dr. Gib Darden||Associate Dean/Director of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Studies|
|Sherry Johnson||Business executive and former CCU Student-Athlete|
|Dr. Jerome Christia||Associate Professor, Management, Marketing and Resort Tourism|
|John Vrooman, Chair||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Larry Biddle||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Marilyn Fore||Vice President for Academic Affairs, Horry-Georgetown Technical College|
|Trisha O'Conner||Editor, Myrtle Beach Sun News|
|Dr. Wade Baird||DIdstinguished Professor Emeritus, Psychology/Sociology, retired|
|Dr. Steve Nagle||Retired Faculty, College of Humanities|
|Rhett Graham||Insurance executive; former CCU Student-Athlete and honor graduate|
|Dr. Doug Smith||Associate Professor, Department of Foundations, Literacy and Technology|
|Dr. Linda Kuykendall||Senior Instructor, Communication|
|Dr. Joseph Winslow||Chair/Associate Professor, Department of Foundations, Literacy and Technology|
COMMITMENT TO RULES COMPLIANCE
|Robert Sheehan, Chair||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Hunter Yurachek||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Bruce Gregory||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Sharon Thompson||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Gibson Darden||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Dr. Daniel Selwa||Professor Emeritus, Politics and Geography; former coach and athletic director|
|Robert Squatriglia||Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs|
|Dr. Yoav Wachsman||Associate Professor/Assistant International Programs Liaison, Accounting, Finance and Economics|
|Cathy Jones||Assistant Professor, Department of Early, Elementary, Physical & Special Education|
|Dr. John Stamey||Chair/Associate Professor, Computer Science and Information Systems|
|Dr. Chyrel Ward||Director, Center for Archaeology and Athropology/Associate Professor, History|
|Robert Shelton||Attorney and board chair of CCU Alumni Association|
GENDER, DIVERSITY AND STUDENT-ATHLETE WELL-BEING
|Sherry Johnson, Co-Chair||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Jerome Christia, Co-Chair||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Cari Rosiek||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Daniel Bonifas||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Sarah Maples||Member of the Steering Committee|
|Natasha Hanna||Attorney, CCU alumna and member of the CCU Board of Trustees|
|Robin Edwards-Russell||Associate Professor/Host, Coastal Today Theatre|
|Dr. Colleen McGlone||Assistant Professor, Recreation and Sport Management|
|Dr. Linda Henderson||Associate Professor, Accounting, Finance and Economics|
|Delan Stevens||Insurance executive and former CCU Student-Athlete|
|Ebony Bowden||Coordinator of Diversity Programs|