Doane College Names New Athletic Director

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Story Courtesy: Doane Athletics

CRETE, Neb. – Doane College announced today the appointment of new Athletic Director Jill McCartney, the assistant athletics director for compliance and academics and senior woman administrator at Washburn University since 2009, following a national search.

McCartney will be the second full-time athletic director in school history and will begin her duties leading the Doane Tigers in September.

Doane President Jacque Carter cited McCartney’s experience in both education and athletics along with a remarkable history in student success as some of the reasons for her selection.

“I am excited about the future of the Doane athletics program under Jill’s direction,” Dr. Carter said. “Her exceptional track record as an educator, coach and administrator along with her conviction to ensure the success of all of our student-athletes made her the best possible fit for Doane College.”

McCartney holds a doctorate in education from Capella University, a master’s in English Literature from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will direct the overall administrative and operational activities of intercollegiate athletics for Doane College’s 21 athletic teams.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity to become the next director of athletics at Doane College,” McCartney said. “The people at Doane, the exceptional academic reputation of the college and the highly competitive athletics programs make being a part of Tiger Athletics a welcome prospect. I’m excited about getting to know all the coaches and learn about the culture of success that has been established at Doane. I have great confidence that together we will continue to build on that success.”

Before her time at Washburn (Topeka, Kan.), McCartney served as the assistant athletics director for compliance and academics and senior woman administrator at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she managed NCAA compliance and academic oversight for nearly 200 student-athletes, from 2007 to 2009. She was also the head soccer coach and an assistant professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University from 1998 to 2007 after working as a graduate assistant of teaching and an assistant women’s soccer coach at the University of Arizona. From 1994-1995, McCartney was the head women’s soccer coach at Marquette University. She began her career as a high school and middle school English teacher and soccer coach at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

McCartney becomes the only female athletic director in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) entering this year and is the third woman to hold that title among current or former conference schools (Dana and Dakota Wesleyan).

The Doane Tigers compete in the GPAC, one of the toughest NAIA conferences in the country, in 21 sports (10 for men, 11 for women). In the 2013-14 athletic year, Doane finished second in the GPAC All-Sports Trophy Standings (the best mark of the conference’s Nebraska colleges) and won conference championships in Baseball, Women’s Indoor Track and Field and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field.

Doane athletics set a school mark for academic achievement in 2013-14 as well, with 15 of 19 eligible varsity programs earning NAIA Scholar Team honors after achieving cumulative team GPAs of 3.0 or higher. Since the format started in 2006-07, four Tiger programs have been Scholar Teams each year: volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country and women’s track and field.

The Tigers compete in some of the GPAC’s best facilities. Fuhrer Field House, the home of Doane’s powerhouse track and field programs, was renovated to add approximately 20,000 square feet and reopened in 2014. In 2010, the George and Sally Haddix Recreation and Athletic Center opened with a new performance gym, Bob Erickson Court, for Tiger men’s basketball, women’s basketball and volleyball. Al Papik Field and Lauritsen Track – in Doane’s Memorial Stadium – were renovated in 2011 and are home to Tiger football, soccer and the outdoor track and field programs.

About Doane College – Doane is the oldest private liberal arts and sciences college in Nebraska. Doane has campuses in Crete, Lincoln, Grand Island and Omaha, and is consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest by,, U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review among others. Doane was named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as “A Great College to Work For” in 2013 and 2014.