By Bryan Stauffer
On August 21, Cal Poly Pomona Director of Athletics Brian Swanson announced the appointment of Stephanie Duke as the program’s Interim Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA).
Duke previously served in the aforementioned roles at Cal State Monterey Bay from 2007-2012 while supervising seven sports and playing an essential role in the Otters’ transition from the NAIA to Division II.
“Her combined experiecce in administration and coaching gives her a unique perspective of the student-athlete experience,” said Swanson. “It was evident from the academic accomplishments and athletic successes that Stephanie is an accomplished professional who has been highly instrumental in the success of athletic programs where she has previously worked.”
Swanson is looking forward to having Duke on board the Broncos’ staff and is confident she can impact the program as greatly as she did at CSUMB.
“Having the opportunity to know Stephanie through her work at a CCAA member institution and her other NCAA experiences, she is extremely familiar with the opportunities ahead of us and she has been highly involved in maximizing those opportunities for student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
As the program’s SWA, which is an NCAA mandated position, Duke will be responsible for monitoring gender equity of the athletic department and will also be involved in overseeing men’s and women’s sports.
Duke is aware of the excellent academic standard that students are held to here at CPP, but one of her main priorities is to be more involved in the graduation rate initiative for the department’s student athletes.
“How can we be more intentional in athletics in reaching out to at risk student athletes in terms of academic at-risk student athletes or anyone that might need a little bit extra resources academically?” said Duke. “That’s probably my number one goal is really being intentional about our outreach to our student athletes.”
Before joining the staff of CSUMB, Duke served as the women’s basketball head coach, senior woman administrator and sports information director for Notre dame de Namur from 2001-2006.
At NDNU, Duke was named the 2002-2003 Cal Pac Coach of the Year and helped gain the program further recognition and exposure.
Duke previously worked with the professional women’s basketball organization the Sacramento Monarchs from 1997-2001.
A Cal State Hayward alumna, Duke earned a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology before pursuing and earning a Master’s degree in sports administration. During her playing days at El Camino College, she was a two-year starter on the women’s basketball team before being inducted into the El Camino College Hall of Fame.
As a former athlete, Duke learned first hand the importance of having a strong student-athlete experience. and is focused on providing a beneficial experience for her student-athletes.
“I really enjoy trying to make it the best experience possible for a student-athlete because I’ve seen the really good times and I’ve seen times where the experience could be better, when I was a student-athlete myself,” said Duke. “I think it’s the same for the coaches is that I want to be an advocate for both the student athlete and the coach.”
Duke replaces former Associate Athletic Director and SWA Tracee Passeggi, who is now CPP’s Interim Director of the Disability Resource Center.
Courtesy Bronco Athletics
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