|Swinney Joins UNCW Athletic Staff|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Adrianne Swinney has been named Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at UNCW, Director of Athletics Jimmy Bass announced Wednesday.
Swinney served as Associate A.D./SWA at Jackson State (Miss.) for the last four years before joining the Seahawks. She fills the position held by longtime athletic administrator Pat Howey before her retirement last fall.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Adrianne Swinney to the Seahawk family,” said Bass. “From being a coach to working as an athletic trainer to serving as a top-level administrator, she has experienced all facets of an athletic program. She will be an excellent addition to our senior management team and be a tremendous advocate for our student-athletes and coaches.”
In her new position, Swinney will be heavily involved in the overall planning and direction of the Seahawk program. She will be responsible for completing and maintaining all NCAA, CAA and UNCW reports for the department, overseeing the department’s compliance and regulatory structure, supervising the Student-Athlete Support Services operation, serving as the department’s principal liaison with the Faculty Athletic Council, and serving as a sport administrator for several sports. She will also manage the NCAA/UNCW Drug Testing program, serve on the CAA’s Competition Committee and ensure the department’s compliance with Title IX.
“I express my utmost gratitude to Chancellor Gary L. Miller and to Athletic Director Jimmy Bass for extending me the opportunity to serve here at UNCW in this capacity,” said Swinney. “UNCW is an extraordinary place, with tremendous leadership, vision, and great people. I am excited to be here and join this great community. I offer my deepest commitment to serve the entire constituency of the athletics department, the university, and the Wilmington area as I look forward to helping to lead our athletics programs across the spectrum of excellence up to the pinnacle of eminence.”
A native of Jackson, Miss., Swinney served on Jackson State’s senior management team for four years, assisting with the implementation of the school’s strategic plans and goals as well as assisting Director of Athletics Vivian Fuller with Title IX/equity planning, facilities and construction planning, grant writing, personnel decisions, staff evaluations and overall departmental organization.
During Swinney’s two separate stints at JSU, she served as Assistant Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director, Interim Assistant Compliance Officer and Certified Athletic Trainer. She remains a certified trainer through the NATABOC.
Prior to moving back to Jackson, Swinney served in a variety of roles at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. She began her association with the school as Director of Sports Medicine in July of 2004 and served as Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Associate Director of Institutional Programs-Athletics and Interim Director of Institutional Programs-Athletics.
Swinney joined the JSU program as a Certified Athletic Trainer in August of 2001. She later returned and assumed a compliance role before moving up to the Assistant and Associate A.D. positions.
At JSU, Swinney served as chair of the APR Task Force and was a member of the JSU Honors College Advisory Board, JSU Hall of Fame Board of Directors and JSU Compliance Committee and Eligibility Certification Team.
She was also active in leadership roles with the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). She served as chair of the Senior Women’s Administrator Group and was a member of the APR Task Force, the Sports Medicine Task Force and served on occasion on the Committee for Conference Fines and Appeals.
Swinney holds membership in the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). She graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute in 2012 and the NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement in 2013.
Swinney earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Mississippi State University and completed her Master of Arts Degree in Management at Dallas Baptist University.