Christine Motta, a former student-athlete and assistant coach at the University of Delaware who most recently served as assistant director of career services for athletes at UD for the last three years, was appointed to the new position of associate athletic director for student-athlete development and senior woman administrator (SWA) in July, 2014.
The former Christine Koren, Motta will serve on the department’s senior management team while providing primary coordination of all departmental activities designed to enhance and support University of Delaware student-athletes as they maximize their career at UD and prepare themselves for future success.
The position will serve as the liaison to Career Services, the Blue Hen Leadership program and lead the centralization of all student-athlete initiatives including community service, social well-being, and the development of a professional and educational speaker series for all student-athletes.
Motta will also coordinate new student orientation and transition programming for all new student-athletes, including the development of mentorship opportunities and serving as an advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) where she will work with leadership to develop events and programs.
In addition, Motta serves as the sport administrator for the UD field hockey program.
“This new position will serve as a critical component in our department’s ongoing mission of developing leaders; academically, athletically, and socially,” said UD Director of Athletics Eric Ziady in making the announcement. “Christine brings a wealth of experience as a former student-athlete, former coach, and as an advisor that will serve our student-athletes well as we assist them in maximizing their college years and preparing them for successful futures after graduating from UD. Christine’s positive energy and ability to relate to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff will play a significant role in our positioning of UD Athletics for further success in the years ahead.”
“The chance to contribute to student-athlete development in this new area of focus in our athletics department, as well as being asked to fill the role of SWA, is an opportunity that I am humbled to accept,” said Motta. “I am very, very passionate about my alma mater and the development of our student-athletes. There is a lot of exciting work to do, but one of the greatest aspects of this job is that I have the opportunity to continue to collaborate and partner with many hardworking people within the (UD) Division of Student Life who are doing amazing work for our students. I would like to thank Eric Ziady for appointing me to this newly created position on his senior staff, and for his vision and commitment in the area of student athlete development here at the University of Delaware."
After beginning her college career at Seton Hall University where she played basketball for three seasons, Motta came to Delaware and played one season in 1999-2000 for head coach Tina Martin. She led that 1999-2000 squad to a record of 21-8 and a berth in the America East Conference Tournament.
She started 27 games and point guard and averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while leading the squad with 113 assists and 59 steals and ranking second on the team with 21 three-pointers.
After earning her degree, she joined Martin’s staff and was an assistant coach for the 2000-01 squad that went 26-5, captured the America East regular season and tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament appearance for the first time in school history.
Motta earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in psychology from Delaware in 2000 and her master of education in counseling in higher education degree with a concentration in student affairs practice in 2006 from Delaware.
Prior to her current position, Motta served as Fusion Programs Student Services Coordinator (2006-08) and instructional designer with the Online Learning and Educational Technology Department (2009-11) at Wilmington (Del.) University.
She has also served at the University of Delaware with the Student Activities Office (2006), as an intern in athletics operations, compliance, and marketing (2005-06), and as an assistant with the Center for Counseling and Student Development (2004-06).
She joined the UD Career Services for Athletes Department in 2011 as an assistant director where she guided Blue Hen student-athletes in all phases of counseling and career development. Most recently, Motta served as a radio analyst on UD women’s basketball broadcasts on AM 1290 The Ticket for two seasons in 2012-14.
Motta and her husband, Jay, reside in New Castle with their sons Drew (6) and Trent (5). Jay is a former captain and all-conference player with the UD men’s lacrosse team as a midfielder and faceoff specialist and won two world championships with the Philadelphia Barrage in Major League Lacrosse. He currently serves as athletic director at The Independence School in Newark, Del.