SUNY Oneonta’s Tracey Ranieri completes term of service on NCAA Division III Management Council

SUNY Oneonta Director of Athletics Tracey Ranieri completed her four-year term on the NCAA Division III Management Council with the conclusion of the NCAA convention held Jan. 18-21 in Nashville, TN.  During her final year on the Council, she served in the capacity of Chair, which offered her additional opportunities to share in decision making as it related to Division III, which is the largest body within the NCAA.

The Management Council consists of 19 members, and includes Division III Chief Executive Officers, faculty athletics representatives, athletic directors, senior woman administrators, conference representatives and student-athletes. The council serves 439 active NCAA Division III member institutions in 43 conferences.

The Management Council reports directly to the Presidents Council and handles the implementation of policies adopted by the Association’s Board of Governors and Division III Presidents Council.  The council sponsors legislative proposals; make interpretations of Division III’s bylaws; and may also handle resolution of Division III issues and recommendations from other committees and working groups throughout the Division’s substructure.

Dan Dutcher, Vice President of Division III stated, “Tracey’s commitment and service to the Council were matched only by her passion for the Division III model and student-athlete experience.  Her enthusiasm was contagious!”

Louise McCleary, Director of Division III added, “It was a pleasure working this past year with Tracey as the chair of the Division III Management Council.  Tracey brings a high level of passion and commitment to student-athletes that was evidenced in every meeting.”

Ranieri served in many capacities and on many important committees during her tenure on the Council.  During the past year, she served on the Administrative Committee and Strategic Planning and Finance Committee while serving on the Championships Committee, Joint Legislative Steering Committee and Convention Planning Subcommittee.  She was also an ex-officio member on the Board of Governors, which is the highest governance body in the NCAA and is composed of institutional chief executive officers that oversee Association-wide issues. The board is charged with ensuring that each division operates consistently with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principles of the Association.

During the 2016 convention, Ranieri was appointed to serve on the NCAA Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity & Equity.  This committee was comprised of presidents, commissioners and athletic directors within the governance structure from all three divisions. The committee was tasked with developing strategic and funding initiatives to increase the cultural diversity in coaching, athletics administration and national office staff.  Secondarily, the committee’s work included similar and equivalent strategic efforts related to gender equity with initiatives further informed by the recommendations of the Gender Equity Task Force.  Dr. Bernard Franklin, the NCAA Executive Vice President for Education and Community Engagement, led this committee.

Ranieri is in her 10th year as the Director of Athletics at SUNY Oneonta. She has served as an administrator and coach at Oneonta for 25 years. Ranieri began her tenure at the college as the Assistant Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator and Women’s Soccer Coach in 1991.

At the completion of the fall 2016 season, the athletic program is sitting tied for 1st place in the SUNYAC conference in the Commissioner’s Cup standings, which ranks the most winning programs in the conference.  They are also No. 18 in the Learfield Cup, which is a  national ranking of the most winning programs.  The department also continues to boast a higher graduation and retention rate along with maintaining a higher GPA than the general student body.

Key Association-wide and Student Athlete Issues addressed during Ranieri’s Tenure on the Council

  • Division III National SAAC lead effort on “It’s On Us” and “You Can Play” campaigns.
  • Health and Safety: The NCAA Sport Science Institute hosted the first DII and DIII Health and Safety Summit. Legislation passed at the 2017 Convention related to health and safety of student-athletes included Independent Medical Care.
  • Management Council approval of ADR working group – creation of Enhancing the ADRs Role on Campus and inaugural ADR Institute at the 2016 Convention.
  • Management Council approval of Diversity and Inclusion working group – creation of The Diverse Workforce: Recruitment and Retention Basics for Division III Athletics Departments; inaugural Student Immersion Program at 2016 Convention and inaugural SWA Program at 2016 NACWAA Rally.
  • Management Council approval of the Sportsmanship and Game Environment working group – supported partnership with the Disney Institute to improve game environments.
  • Management Council approval of FAR and LGBTQ working groups.

Committee and Subcommittee Assignments during Ranieri’s tenure on the Council:

2013: Infractions Appeals Subcommittee
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

2014: Infractions Appeals Subcommittee
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Subcommittee for Legislative Relief

2015: Vice Chair of Management Council
Strategic Planning and Finance Committee
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
Participated in the Sports Science Institute’s Soccer Summit

2016: Chair of Management Council
Administrative Committee
Board of Governors Executive Committee
Championships Committee
Convention Planning Subcommittee EX OFFICIO
Presidents Council/Management Council Joint Legislative Steering Committee
Strategic Planning and Finance Committee EX OFFICIO
Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee for Cultural Diversity and Equity

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