AUGUSTA, Ga. - The Peach Belt Conference hosted its second annual Women in Athletics seminar on Thursday at Augusta State University to provide female student-athletes who may want to pursue a career in collegiate athletics the opportunity to interact with a wide range of professional women in sports. Representatives from all 13 PBC member institutions were in attendance including three University of Montevallo student-athletes.
Freshman cross country runner Kaley Glover (Opelika, Ala./Beauregard), freshman women's soccer goalkeeper Alyssa Maxwell (Surrey, British Columbia/Semiahmoo) and sophomore women's soccer defender Kristin Rosato (Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville) all attended the event accompanied by Senior Woman Administrator Dawn Makofski.
Participants were first treated to a morning panel consisting of Germaine McAuley, athletic director at Spelman College; Taylor Mott, head volleyball coach at Flagler; women's basketball official Kristi Weed; Andrea Tyndall, assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Carolina; Cheryl Watts, game operations manager at Georgia Tech and Tammy Stout, executive director of the Augusta Sports Council.
"I believe the seminar helped our student-athletes see the possibilities of a career in athletics, no matter what their major is," said Makofski. "They were able to hear from several women, each with a very different job, background and education, but all connected to athletics."
The afternoon consisted of a keynote address from Dr. Joni Comstock, senior vice president of championships for the NCAA.
"We need tremendous people, male and female, in leadership roles in the near future," said Dr. Comstock, who served as an athletic director at two Division I institutions before joining the NCAA three years ago. "Its been very impressive that the Peach Belt put this event together today to encourage young women to step up to take a leadership role in higher education and the future of intercollegiate athletics."
Dr. Comstock spoke to the group for about 45 minutes and encouraged the group to get involved with their athletic departments.
"Student-athletes are special," said Dr. Comstock. "What I'm hoping is that we can get a number of them to select athletics and excel as professionals in this area. I know with the training they've gotten in intercollegiate athletics that they can be successful in any profession. We're at a point where we've lost a number of women who entered the field 10, 20 years ago and have now exited. As we see these young student-athletes go through our high school and college programs, if they don't see a lot of women, they don't see it as an option. So we have to talk it up, we have to sell it and that's one of the things I'm going to talk about."