INDIANAPOLIS – Susquehanna softball head coach and assistant athletic director Kathy Kroupa was one of 12 senior-level athletic administrators selected by the NCAA to participate in the organization's 2015 Pathway Program. The one-year program provides experience for administrators committed to becoming directors of athletics.
Kroupa, who also serves as the department's senior woman administrator and compliance coordinator, has served as the head softball coach at Susquehanna since 2003 and led the SU women's soccer team from 2006-10.
Pathway participants representing all three NCAA divisions will gather together for the first time at the 2015 NCAA Convention in Washington, D.C. These in-person sessions will include opportunities to engage with university presidents, who will shed light on the role of athletics directors, reinforce the value of athletics on campus and provide candid answers to participants' questions. Along with NCAA Convention programming and governance meetings, program participants will participate in a simulation of their first staff meeting as a director of athletics, receive advice on beginning their first 90 days in an athletics director chair and learn best practices from current and former athletics directors.
"I am so pleased that Kathy has this opportunity for leadership growth," Susquehanna Director of Athletics Pam Samuelson said. "Acceptance into the Pathway Program is extremely competitive and it speaks highly of Kathy's talents and abilities. She has an incredibly bright future as an athletics administrator and I know this experience will serve her well throughout her career."
Since its inception in 1997, the Pathway Program (formerly known as the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program) has produced more than 90 alumni. Nearly 25 percent of participants have gone on to become directors of athletics, while more than 60 percent have received promotions in their careers.
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