From Staff Reports
Clayton College & State University athletic director Mason Barfield has announced the hiring of Monique Holland as assistant athletic director and the department's first senior woman administrator.
Holland joins the Clayton State staff after serving the last two years as assistant director of compliance at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Prior to working in the compliance office, Holland served as an assistant coach in Georgia Tech's women's basketball program from 1996-2001.
"I am very honored that Mason (Barfield) has the utmost confidence in my qualifications and decided to bring me on his team," said Holland. "Joining the Clayton State athletic program is the next best step in my career. I have learned a tremendous amount in my previous role as assistant director of compliance and as an assistant basketball coach at Georgia Tech, and I believe my experience will be very beneficial in my new role."
Said Barfield, "We are extremely excited to have someone as talented as Monique (Holland) join our staff. She will bring a wealth of experience in compliance and be an asset to our department with her background as both a collegiate coach and a student-athlete."
In addition to serving as the school's senior woman administrator and compliance director, Holland will also be the coordinator of the newly formed Clayton State cheerleading program, as well as, assist the department in promotional and game management duties.
"Monique's hiring will allow me to focus on some other projects and issues, such as developing broader relationships in the community, said Barfield, who served as the program's compliance director in addition to his athletic director duties since the department's early days in 1989."
The cheerleading program, which will offer scholarships to men and women, will be unique in that the cheerleaders will serve as "ambassadors" of the athletic program. Not only will the cheerleaders attend all Laker home events, the cheerleaders will also represent the athletic department at special campus functions, such as visitation days and orientations.
As assistant director of compliance at Georgia Tech, Holland's primary responsibility was to educate the department administrators, coaches, student-athletes and boosters on NCAA compliance issues.
Some of her duties included: processing and monitoring of the national letter of intent and NCAA Clearinghouse matters, transfer and release of student athletes, donation requests and promotional activities, financial aid, initial eligibility and the declaring and monitoring of practice and playing seasons.
Prior to serving as an assistant women's basketball coach at Georgia Tech, Holland, who lives in Riverdale served as the assistant venue logistics manager for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in 1996. She coordinated management, planning and operations for the basketball and gymnastic venues.
Holland, who is originally from St. Joseph, Mo., graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from Alabama State University with a B.S. in therapeutic recreation. She holds a master's degree from Georgia State University in sports administration.
She was a four-year letterwinner and team-captain in basketball at Alabama State University and an Academic All-American. Holland also was named to the national Dean's List, received the Arthur Barnett Perseverance Award as well as the Arthur Ashe Jr., Scholar Athlete Award.