BRISTOL, Tenn. – Shelia Crockett, King University's assistant athletic director, senior woman administrator, and head athletic trainer, has accepted an assistant athletic director position at Cumberland University. Crockett will remain in her current capacity at King through May 31, 2020.
Crockett came to King in 2002 as the head athletic trainer, serving as the institution's first full-time athletic trainer, and has served King's student-athletes in that capacity for the past 17 years. During that time, the athletic training staff grew from a one-person staff to its current size of five full-time athletic trainers and went from serving approximately 150 student-athletes in 12 sports to over 400 student-athletes in 28 sports.
Crockett earned her MBA from King in 2005, and in 2009 earned the promotion to assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. She played a vital role in King's transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II from 2007-10 and served as co-interim director of athletics for the 2010-11 academic year.
"It has been an honor and a privilege serving beside some of the finest faculty, staff, and administration impacting the lives of our students and student-athletes," Crockett said. "King will forever hold a special place in my heart."
In her capacity as senior woman administrator and assistant athletic director, Crockett chairs the gender equity committee and serves on the faculty athletics committee and compliance committee. In addition, she has been active in service and leadership at the conference and national level, serving on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for women's volleyball, chairing the Conference Carolinas SWA committee, and serving on both the executive and enhancement committees for Conference Carolinas. She has also been active with Women's Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA) and has served as a valuable supporter and advisor to many of King's young female coaches and staff.
"Shelia has been a constant at King for nearly two decades, and her experience, knowledge and talents will be missed by everyone at King," said director of athletics David Hicks. "She has been invaluable to me as a leader, confidant, and advisor; someone with vast experience and knowledge who always has the best interests of our students in mind."
In returning to Cumberland, Crockett returns to her alma mater, having played basketball for the Phoenix and earned her bachelor's degree in 1997.
"King is a better place as a result of Shelia's contributions and involvement, and the lives of multitudes of students have been enhanced," said Hicks. "This is a wonderful professional and personal opportunity for her, and Cumberland and their student-athletes will reap the benefits of her talents, compassion, and leadership."
At Cumberland, she will be responsible for all aspects of compliance and academics, including education, monitoring and enforcing NAIA and Mid-South Conference Rules.
"I am excited for this opportunity to return to Cumberland University, my alma mater, to make a difference and continue to impact the lives of students and student-athletes."
King will work to fill Shelia's various positions over the spring and early summer.