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PVAMU Hires New Director Of Athletic Compliance
Prairie View A&M University announced the hiring of Ashley Robinson as its new Director of Athletic of Compliance.
Robinson, who previously served as assistant commissioner of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, assumed his duties at Prairie View A&M on April 1.
Robinson has compliance responsibilities that relate to all university, Southwestern Athletic Conference and NCAA rules and regulations governing the operation of intercollegiate athletics.
He supervises ongoing rules and compliance education programs for university staff, administrators, coaches and student-athletes. He is the primary resource person for all athletically related rules, regulations and interpretations. He certifies eligibility and financial aid for 350 student-athletes, and is the department liaison for all academic reporting (retention, graduation & other statistical data) to the NCAA.
A native of Jackson, Miss., Robinson was a four-year letterman and is the single season and career record-holder in assists while playing point guard for the Mississippi Valley State University basketball team. Robinson also was named MVSU Athlete of the Year in 2002 and received the President’s Scholar Award that same year.
Upon graduating from Mississippi Valley State in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in business administration, Robinson began his professional career as the recreation supervisor for the Mississippi Job Corp Center in Crystal Springs, Miss. As the recreation supervisor, Robinson’s duties included managing and developing athletic youth service and community partnership programs, facility management and serving as a positive role model through the avenues of coaching and mentoring.
In August of 2006, Robinson left his native state and began a career in athletic administration as an academic coordinator at Delaware State University in Dover, Del. Robinson helped implement a comprehensive academic support system for the department’s 300 student-athletes and was the department’s liaison to DSU’s faculty, campus academic offices and support services. He also assisted with the CHAMPS / Life Skills and Student-Athlete Advisory (SAAC) Board.
After eight months in Delaware, Robinson received the opportunity to return home as he accepted the position of assistant compliance director at Jackson State University. His duties included assisting the compliance director in eligibility, student-athlete certification and reinstatement and enforcing the compliance bylaws of the NCAA, SWAC and Jackson State.
Robinson continued to advance up the compliance ranks quickly by returning to his alma mater of Mississippi Valley State as the athletic department’s compliance director in August of 2007. In addition to his daily responsibilities of eligibility and enforcement of compliance bylaws, Robinson wore several more hats for the department as he assisted with public relations, event management along with coordinating payment for game officials during home athletic events.
During July of 2008, Robinson advanced once more as he was named the SWAC’S Assistant Commissioner for Compliance. As the SWAC’s Assistant Commissioner, Robinson supervised a NCAA Division I Collegiate Conference Compliance and Academic Service department, National Letter of Intent (NLI) program and was a liaison between the conference and the NCAA for rules, interpretations and appeals. He served as liaison to faculty athletic representatives, athletic directors and compliance directors. He also served as the conference office sport administrator for men’s and women’s basketball, track & field and volleyball in addition to event management assistance in terms of staffing, budgeting and coordinating.
Robinson is an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), NCAA Division I Legislative Council, NCAA DI External Advisory Group and the National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC). He also is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the Black Coaches Association (BCA) and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA).
By Waller County News Citizen