July 31, 2013
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference congratulates WCC Senior Associate Commissioner for Governance and Administration Lynn Holzman, University of San Diego Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA Shaney Fink, and University of Portland Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA Karen Peters on being named National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Administrators of the Year in the Conference/Organization, Division I FCS, and Division I categories, respectively.
"We congratulate Lynn, Shaney and Karen on their well-deserved recognition as the NACWAA Administrators of the Year," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Thanks to her inherent dedication, Lynn has continuously gone above and beyond throughout her career to support female college athletics administrators nationally and has made a phenomenal impact on so many of them, as evidenced by the 19 individuals that contributed to her nomination. She has undeniably made her mark here at the West Coast Conference in her first year, and we are excited to see how her thoughtful leadership shapes the Conference, our membership and the national landscape moving forward."
Holzman joined the WCC in October of 2012 and oversees all internal operations, including Governance, Sport Administration (Women's Basketball, Softball, Women's Volleyball), Human Resources/Staffing, Compliance, and Student Services. During Holzman's short tenure at the WCC, she has been instrumental in a variety of conference-wide initiatives, including the addition of softball as a conference sponsored sport and the return of the University of the Pacific to the WCC. Holzman has also helped the membership navigate the current NCAA Presidential Reform effort to assess the regulatory process, including changes to the enforcement process and penalty structure. This year, Holzman will lead the Conference through the strategic planning process to set priorities and implementation plans for 2014-2019.
Prior to her work at the WCC, Holzman most recently served as the Director of Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA) at the NCAA. In that role, Holzman was involved in supporting the Division I governance structure by serving as staff liaison to the Division I Presidential Reform Working Groups, former Division I Presidential Task Force, Division I Legislative Council, Division I Women's Basketball Issues Committee, and Committee on Women's Athletics. Holzman was also a member of the AMA management team and provided leadership in the areas of interpretations, legislation, hiring, and technology, and was responsible for the NCAA Regional Rules Seminars, which provides education to over 2,500 attendees annually.
During her career, Holzman has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Administrators, National Association of Athletics Compliance and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. She began her tenure at the national office as an NCAA intern in membership services (now AMA) before rising to serve as Assistant Director, then Associate Director of Membership Services, and then beginning in 2001, Director of Academic and Membership Affairs. A former captain of the women's basketball team while earning her Bachelors at Kansas State University, Holzman obtained a Masters in Sports Administration at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and a Masters in Business Administration at Purdue University.
Shaney Fink has established herself at the University of San Diego as a leader who is highly committed to athletic and academic excellence, diversity and the development of student-athletes. A member of San Diego's athletic department since 1999, Fink is currently senior associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, overseeing 17 Division I sports and over 450 student-athletes. She has served in a number of other coaching and administrative roles at San Diego and Colgate University.
Karen Peters, senior associate athletics director/SWA at the University of Portland, has overseen a more than 13% increase in female student-athlete participation since her arrival to Portland's athletic department. A respected leader at the institutional, conference and national levels, Peters also served as interim athletic director at UP from January to June 2012. Prior to working at Portland, Peters spent 10 years at Stanford University, Columbia University and New Mexico State University, serving in various administrative roles.
The NACWAA Administrator of the Year Award, sponsored by Jostens, is presented to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics. This award, recognizing administrative excellence, is presented annually to members in each NCAA division [Division I, FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA/NJCAA or Conference/Organization]. Holzman, Fink, and Peters will be formally recognized during the Jostens Administrator of the Year Lunch during the NACWAA National Convention in San Diego, Calif. on October 15.
Courtesy of NACWAA