Oct. 10, 2008
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich announced the hiring of Sarah Arens as the Director of Compliance/Student Services. Arens comes to the WCC after previously serving as the Director of Compliance Services at Stanford University.
"I am very excited that Sarah is joining the WCC," said Zaninovich. "Her on-campus compliance experience combined with her in-depth knowledge of national issues will make her a great asset to our membership. Sarah's passion for the student-athlete ideal makes her a great fit for our team."
In her position, Arens will be responsible for the conference's adherence to NCAA rules and regulations and for the continued development and maintenance of the conference's compliance program. In addition, Arens will work with the WCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to oversee efforts to enhance the student-athlete experience.
In her role at Stanford, Arens provided NCAA and Pac-10 rules interpretations to student-athletes and the athletic department, investigated potential rules violations, and developed a plan to educate prospects, student-athletes, and administration on NCAA rules. She also handled eligibility waivers, maintained student-athlete progress-towards-degree reports, and handled amateurism inquiries.
Arens has been involved in NCAA compliance for the last four years as she got her start as a student services administrative assistant at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. At Iowa, she created NCAA compliance educational materials for the athletic department, developed the compliance and student services operations manual, and tracked recruiting verification for student hosts.
Following her work at the University of Iowa, Arens served as a membership services intern at the NCAA national offices in Indianapolis, where she issued interpretations to the public and NCAA member institutions and conferences. She also processed student-athlete progress-towards-degree reports, and developed a leadership training session for the NCAA Conference Intern Seminar.
While a student at Iowa, Arens competed on the track and field team and was also the school's SAAC representative to the Big Ten conference. She was also a four-time Academic All-American and All-Big Ten Academic selection and qualified for the NCAA Track and Field National Championships in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 2003 and 2004.
After receiving her bachelor's in business administration, she continued on at the University of Iowa and earned a Master's in health and sport studies in 2005.