University of Delaware Director of Athletic Development Dr. Scarlett Schmidt Apppointed to NAADD Executive Committee
July 20, 2011
CLEVELAND -- University of Delaware Director of Athletic Development Dr. Scarlett Schmidt has earned a national honor, having been selected to serve on the board of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Executive Committee.
Schmidt (at right), who has served at the University of Delaware since 2008, and Josh Rebholz from the University of Wyoming, will be the two newest members of the committee. The NAADD also announced that the University of Missouri’s Whit Babcock will serve as president in 2011-12, Stephen Ponder of Arizona State will serve as first vice-president, Jim Senter of the University of Colorado will serve as second vice-president, and Julie Hall of the University of California Riverside will serve as third vice-president and treasurer.
“I am honored to serve on the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) Executive Committee,” said Schmidt. “The Executive Committee appointment is wonderful exposure for the University of Delaware while also providing me an opportunity serve and continue to grow within my profession of athletic development.”
The mission of the NAADD is to organize individuals with a mutual interest in collegiate athletics development so that (1) an agreed upon standard of excellence can be established; (2) educational and development successes can be shared; and (3) a united voice of opinion can be heard on key issues facing collegiate athletics in general and collegiate athletics development specifically. NAADD's membership has grown to more than 600 intercollegiate athletics development directors and the group continues to grow to provide educational and networking opportunities.
Since her arrival at Delaware, Schmidt has been at the forefront of tremendous growth and change within the University of Delaware Athletic Fund, the fundraising arm of UD Athletics which is responsible for raising critical financial support for athletic scholarships, operating budgets, special projects and capital projects. Money raised has increased from $775,000 to over $3 million since 2007 and she has overseen the addition of the Blue Hen Club Annual Fund, priority point system, Blue Hen Club Parking Plan, and the Blue Hen Club Seating plan. The number of donors to the UDAF exceeds 2,200.
A native of Clarksburg, W.V., Schmidt previously worked in athletics at Virginia Tech and Ohio State. She earned her bachelor of science degree in marketing education in 1985, her master's degree in sport management administration in 1992, and her doctorate degree in education administration and higher education in 1996, all from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Schmidt resides in Middletown, Del. with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Sydney.