Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan is excited to announce the hiring of Emily Germain as the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Success and Community Engagement.
"We are so excited to see Emily step into this new role for the Warriors," said Director of Athletics Chris Williams. "She has been a vital part of Warrior Athletics for the past six years serving as our FAR. We are excited about the wealth of knowledge and experience she will add to our staff. We desire to continue our academic success while also building a program which will only elevate our student athletes upon graduation."
In June, the Warriors were named a recipient of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Strategic Alliance Matching (SAM) Grant. The SAM Grant provides funding to hire a full-time diverse assistant athletics director that the university or the department of athletics would otherwise not have been able to implement. The grant is funded through the Division II diversity grants, which provides financial assistance to Division II conferences and member institutions committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation to mid-to-senior intercollegiate athletics administrative positions. The assistant athletic director for academic success and community engagement reports directly to the university's director of athletics and supports the continued high expectations of the Warrior student-athletes within the classroom as well as better serve the SWU and local communities.
"We are very excited to have Emily Germain join the athletic team!" said Associate Athletics Director and Head Women's Volleyball Coach Julia Reininga. "With her having served in the FAR role for the last four years and seeing what she has been able to bring to athletics on the academic side this is a perfect position for her."
Emily Germain steps in as the Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Success and Community Engagement after serving Warrior Athletics as the Faculty Athletic Representative for the past five years. Germain has worked at Southern Wesleyan for nine years after graduating from SWU with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2006. She earned her master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University in 2010, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology from Grand Canyon University.
"I am so excited about this new role which will allow me to work with our amazing student athletes to help them reach their full spiritual, academic, and emotional potential," said Germain. I am thankful to the NCAA, SWU Leadership and the Athletics department for this great opportunity!"
This new position will provide both SWU and Warrior Athletics with a unique way to better serve the student athletes. Germain will work alongside existing campus resources like the tutoring center, Student Support Services (TRiO), and retention and student success leadership to help connect student-athletes to these resources and identify those who may be at risk for leaving the university. The position will also help to coordinate with coaches and others on campus to create opportunities for community service and engagement in the SWU community.