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 Chrissi Rawak

Christine Rawak was named the University of Delaware's director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services on May 13, 2016. 

In this role, Rawak leads the University of Delaware's intercollegiate athletics program consisting of 21 Division I men's and women's sports and the University's recreation services, which offers intramural sports, club sports, and fitness opportunities to all students. Rawak is the sixth director of Athletics at Delaware since the position was established in 1940.

Rawak's first year at the University of Delaware was nothing short of remarkable as Blue Hen student-athletes, teams, and coaches enjoyed impressive success stories not only on the playing field, but in the classroom and in the community as well.

Delaware intercollegiate teams captured four Colonial Athletic Association championships (field hockey, men's soccer, women's golf, baseball) – the second highest total among all league members – and the field hockey squad reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning its first NCAA Division I national championship title in November.

Individually, four student-athletes earned All-American honors, 26 were named All-Region, four were named CAA Player of the Year, three were selected CAA Rookie of the Year, and four head coaches were named CAA Coach of the Year, including Rolf van de Kerkhof, who was selected as the national field hockey coach of the year. In addition, field hockey standout Greta Nauck won the Honda Award as the nation's top performer in that sport.

Club sport athletes were also exceptional during the 2016-17 athletics season, highlighted by the women's lacrosse and men's volleyball teams winning national championships, the figure skating club finishing as national runner-up, and the field hockey club earning a No. 1 seed heading into nationals. The tally also included numerous regional and league championship finishes as well.

Delaware student-athletes also stood out with their incredible commitment in the classroom.  During the 2016 fall semester, Delaware's 600+ student-athletes posted a combined grade point average of 3.108, setting an all-time school record for the second straight semester. UD student-athletes have now surpassed the 3.0 mark each of the last six semesters.

Of the 21 Blue Hen athletics teams, 17 of them had a team cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 13 of the squads surpassed the 3.2 mark.

A total of 242 student-athletes, 43 percent of the Delaware's total, earned Dean's List honors, breaking the previous record of 209 set during the spring semester in 2016. An impressive 30 student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA for the fall semester while 174 surpassed the 3.5 mark and 317 - more than half of the school's student-athletes - recorded a 3.0 mark. Nearly 300 student-athletes were recognized on the CAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. 

Individually, five Blue Hen student-athletes were selected to the prestigious CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic team with men's soccer standout Ben Sampson – a master's degree recipient in electrical and computer engineering - being honored as the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for his sport.

In addition, Delaware's women's tennis and women's cross country squads were once again honored with NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top teams nationally in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) program.

Blue Hens student-athletes continued to be leaders in the community as well, compiling thousands of hours in volunteer work with organizations such as the B+ Foundation, Special Olympics, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Food Bank of Delaware, and many more.

Before her arrival at Delaware, Rawak spent more than a decade in athletics at the University of Michigan, where she most recently oversaw external relations and strategic initiatives while serving as executive senior associate athletic director.  While there, she launched the first comprehensive athletics fundraising campaign raising more than $316 million as of June, 2016. She personally raised more than $170 million, including securing an unprecedented $100 million gift.

Prior to assuming her most recent role at Michigan, Rawak spent seven years in Michigan's Office of University Development as the assistant vice president of talent management and development operations.

From 1998-2004, she worked as director of personnel and business resources in the Office of Alumni Relations and Development at Northwestern University while earning a master's degree in communication from Northwestern.

As a student at the University of Michigan, Rawak was a member of the varsity swimming & diving team and student government president before earning her bachelor's degree in sports management and communications in 1992.

After graduation, she joined the athletics department as an assistant swimming & diving coach. 

A native of Newtown, Pa., she is married to Glenn Hill, a former gymnast at the University of Michigan, and they are the parents of Blake, Evelyn, and Grace.

Chrissi Rawak Timeline

July, 2016-Present – Director of Athletics and Recreation Services, University of Delaware
2015-2016 - Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of Michigan
2011-2015 - Senior Associate Athletic Director, Development, University of Michigan
2004-2011 - Assistant Vice President, Talent Management and Development Operations, University of Michigan
2003 – Earned master's degree from Northwestern University (Communications)
1997-2003 – Director, Personnel and Business Resources, Northwestern University
1992 – Earned degree from University of Michigan (Management & Communications)
1988-92 - Student–Athlete (Swimming & Diving), University of Michigan

Updated 6/5/17

Position: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services
Hometown: Newtown, Pa.
High School: Germantown Academy
Alma Mater: Michigan
Graduating Year: 1992
Major: Sport Mgmt./Communications
Experience: 1st Year
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