Jennifer Strawley currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director of Athletics for the University of Miami, where she oversees all day-to-day operations of the department with all areas of the organization, outside of facilities and development reporting directly to Strawley. She works closely with the Director of Athletics on all department activities to ensure Miami is best positioned for success.
Currently serving as the department’s second-in-command, Strawley works with the Director of Athletics, University leadership, and campus and community partners to support and advance the success of the Miami Hurricanes. She provides leadership for the administration of all of the 17 of Miami sports programs and the athletics senior administration.
Strawley, who served as Interim Director of Athletics from November 2021 through January 2022, is the sport administrator for football and women’s basketball and also serves as the department’s Senior Women Administrator.
Strawley has been at Miami since 2012 and played a key role in the hiring of several head coaches including current head coach Mario Cristobal. She was instrumental in the development of Miami’s annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics recognizing the achievements of Miami’s female student-athletes while raising money to support women’s athletics.
Actively engaged in intercollegiate athletics nationally, Strawley has served on various committees within the NCAA and the ACC including serving on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee, the NCAA Championships Finance Review Working Group, the NCAA Football Recruiting Working Group and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Non-Scholastic Working Group. In addition, Strawley has served on the ACC Board of Directors as the chair of the ACC Senior Women Administrator group , the ACC Television Committee, the ACC Equity Committee, the ACC Infractions and Sportsmanship Review Committee and the ACC
Football Schedulers Group. She also has served on the Board of Directors for Women’s Leaders in College Sports and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Prior to UM, Strawley concluded her second tour with the NCAA as the Director of Academic and Membership Affairs. In this role, Strawley was instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of academic governance and development of academic policy. Strawley served on the senior management team and was involved in a variety of other internal operations.
Strawley rejoined the NCAA after serving as the Associate Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Sport Programs and Senior Woman Administrator at Columbia University from 2007-10. While at Columbia, she oversaw numerous varsity sport programs including football and was the athletics program liaison for gender equity and diversity initiatives. Strawley was a member of the department’s Executive Management Team.
Prior to her tenure at Columbia, Strawley was the Director of Membership Services and Student-Athlete Reinstatement at the NCAA. In this role, she provided oversight of the student- athlete reinstatement process and was instrumental in the implementation of the student first philosophy. Strawley served as a liaison to numerous NCAA committees and task forces, including the NCAA Divisions I, II and III Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committees, the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, and the working group appointed to review trends in initial eligibility.
Strawley first joined the NCAA in 1998 as an enforcement services intern. She is a 1998 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history. During her time at Pennsylvania, she was a two-year captain for the Quakers’ softball team. She was inducted into the William Tennent High School Athletics Hall of Fame in January of 2014. Strawley was named the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association Administrator of the Year in 2021.