WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. – Williams College Athletic Director Lisa Melendy announced today that Tommy Verdell has been hired to serve as our Associate Athletic Director for Inclusion and Compliance.
"I am pleased to announce Tommy Verdell has accepted the position of Associate Athletic Director for Inclusion and Compliance," said Melendy. "Tommy brings with him a skill set well matched to the position and the needs of the department. His work as both a DIII compliance officer and in Student Athlete Services prepares him well for the job at hand."
"The search committee was impressed with Tommy's obvious passion for working with student athletes and his demonstrated ability to build relationships across campus, added Melendy. "He is well positioned to build comprehensive educational programming focused on helping the department build an inclusive environment, where all students, coaches, administrators, and staff members feel welcome and supported."
Verdell comes to Williams after serving as an assistant athletic director and assistant men'sbasketball coach at Bates College over a five-year span. He was the head coach of men's basketball and assistant athletic director at Johnson State College for two years as well.
Verdell's primary duties at Williams will be centered around working closely with Admissions and Financial Aid in recruiting and supporting under-represented students that are representative of the broader community. Develop recruitment strategies with coaches to broaden pools and increase out-reach to traditionally under-represented populations. Create and deliver educational programming for teams and department members to create an inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. In addition, he will assist the department in recruitment of staff and faculty from under-represented groups.
Further Verdell will coordinate all compliance requirements for Williams, NESCAC, and the NCAA and he will develop and teach each 6-week long activity classes in physical education.
Verdell is a 2003 graduate of UMass, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in coaching. He completed his Master's degree in coaching and athletic administration at Concordia University Irvine in Nvember of 2018.