One on One: Angelo State AD Kathleen Brasfield Explains the Importance of Div. II
As the middle child in the NCAA family, Division II has long struggled to find its own identity — something between athletics as big business and scholarship-free competition for the love of sport. Earlier this year, the Division II Presidents and Management Councils introduced the branding initiative "Life in the Balance" as a means to emphasize the division's focus on developing well-rounded student-athletes — whether they're receiving $200 in athletics aid or a full ride. In January, Kathleen Brasfield, the longtime volleyball coach and current athletic director at Angelo State University in Texas, will begin a one-year term as chair of the Division II Management Council. Paul Steinbach asked Brasfield about what has endeared her to this level of collegiate competition for 31 years.
Q: Does the challenge begin with the Roman numerals?
Q: What is Division II doing specifically to attract student-athletes and institutional members?
Q: Separate studies indicate that Division I has the fewest female athletics administrators, yet Division II female ADs are most likely to identify an "old boys network" in their ranks. Are you aware of an old boys network in Division II?
Q: Do you have any advice for women aspiring to be athletics administrators, regardless of division?
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