MORROW — Clayton State’s new assistant athletic director brings tons of administrative experience to the NCAA Div. II school.
On Monday, Clayton State announced the hiring of veteran administrator Mary McElroy to the position of assistant athletic director. In that position, McElroy will oversee compliance, student services and be the senior women’s administrator.
She most recently worked at the NCAA offices in Indiana, serving as the associate director of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, which included management of a $6 million budget and the game day operations during the Women’s Final Four.
“I’m happy to be back on campus again, and I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes and staff at Clayton State,” McElroy said in a statement released by the school.
Clayton State athletic director Carl Aloose agreed.
“We are very excited to have attracted someone with the credentials of Mary McElroy to oversee our compliance and academic services areas,” he said. “Her experience and personality are perfect to assist our staff with NCAA compliance as well as help our student-athletes succeed in the classroom and prepare for life following graduation.”
Prior to going to the NCAA headquarters, McElroy was athletics director at Georgia State from 2005-08, and before that, she was an assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech for two different stints. She was there from 1999-2005 and later served in the athletic department during the 2010-11 academic year.
At Georgia State, she managed a $16 million budget, which consisted of 70 employees .
But she was most noted for helping the school launch its football program, hiring Bill Curry as the first coach.
In 2006, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) named McElroy as the NCAA Division I-AAA Administrator of the Year.
McAloose noted that McElroy’s military background was impressive, and a big part of her getting hired. She served five years in the Marines after graduating from the Naval Academy.
“Improving upon our academic success has been a point of emphasis and Mary’s background as an accomplished collegiate administrator and a student-athlete at the U.S. Naval Academy should be an inspiration for our student-athletes,” McAloose said. “I look forward to working with her and know she will be a valuable addition to our staff.”
She is married to Terry McElroy and they have two sons, Darrin and Austin.