Jennifer Strawley joined the University of Miami on June 18, 2012 and currently serves as Deputy Director of Athletics and Chief Operating Officer. She is also as the department’s Senior Woman Administrator.
Serving as the second-in-command, Strawley provides strategic direction for the department and assists the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day operations. She is the sport administrator for football, women’s basketball, soccer and women’s tennis. Strawley leads the department’s strategic planning initiatives, policy development and implementation, coordination of department and coaches meetings and gender equity and inclusion initiatives. She oversees the areas of human resources, sports medicine, academic services, equipment / Adidas, video services and student-athlete development, as well as serves as a liaison to various campus groups, the ACC and the NCAA.
Strawley played a key role in the hiring of head football coach Mark Richt, serving on the selection committee. In addition, 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. She currently serves on the ACC Television Committee, the ACC Women’s Basketball foresight committee, the ACC Equity Committee, the ACC Infractions and Sportsmanship Review Committee, the ACC Football Schedulers Group, and the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee. She also serves 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. Strawley was inducted into the William Tennent High School Athletics Hall of Fame in January of 2014.