Life skills office, career center host event
Effective July 1, Donna Woodruff was promoted to Deputy Director of Athletics; Rob Emmerich was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Relations; Patrick Muffley, Rachael Lyall, Adam McLeod and Courtney Rickard received promotions to Associate Athletic Director; and Chris Murray and Ze Zeon were promoted to Assistant Athletic Director.
Hired as an academic advisor in September of 2003, Rickard assumed the role of Interim Director of Student-Athlete Development in June of 2004. She has direct oversight for all academic affairs regarding the men's basketball, women's basketball, football and softball teams while providing student-athletes, coaches and athletics administration with detailed academic progress reports. She also has assisted in the development of a comprehensive program to evaluate continuing eligibility.
Throughout the year, Rickard has helped identify and nominate student-athletes for university, conference, NCAA and national awards. Her efforts have produced outstanding results as the 2007-08 academic year saw Stony Brook's student-athletes compile an overall grade-point average of 3.06, which is a department best since Stony Brook joined the America East in 2001. Stony Brook's student athletes combined for a department GPA of 3.0 or better for four consecutive years from 2006-10.
In the fall of 2006, Rickard began oversight the new Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center which accommodates over 400 student-athletes in a space that has a state-of-the-art computer lab, a 100 seat study hall, a career resource/library area and three private tutor rooms.
Rickard is also a presenter for the NCAA/N4A partnership. In this role she speaks to universities and conferences regarding Academic Performance Rates.
Prior to Stony Brook, Rickard spent three years at her alma mater, Seton Hall University. While completing her master's degree, she served as a graduate assistant in Seton Hall's Academic Support Services. In this role, she coordinated study hall for student-athletes, tutored in several areas including biology, chemistry, math and physics and facilitated the Pen Pal Project, a service that connects athletes with area youth.
Rickard then became the assistant director for academic support where she provided academic and career advisement for over 60 student-athletes, served as a co-advisor for the Student-Athlete Mentor program and designed Life Skills workshops, while continuing to tutor in various subjects.
During her time at Seton Hall, Rickard taught several courses as an adjunct professor in the mathematics department, adjunct faculty member in the College of Education and Human Services and mentor and instructor for Freshman Studies. She served as the Chair of Student Workshops and the Chair of Social Activities at new student orientation in 2002 and 2003, respectively, while also participating on the physical therapy/athletic training advisory committee.
A native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Rickard earned her B.S. in biology, magna cum laude, in 2000, and her master's of secondary education, summa cum laude, in 2002. She is married to Stony Brook men's basketball assistant coach Dan Rickard.