by Cory Guinn
WILSON, N.C. – Former Barton College athlete and current Barton Athletics Graduate Assistant of Compliance and Athletics Operations Coordinator Andrea Roca has been selected as one of more than 200 interns and graduate assistants to attend the 2017 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Friday, Jan. 27 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.
A committee comprised of members from the Association – a group that includes current administrators and past seminar participants across all NCAA divisions – selected the participants through an application process consisting of four essays expressing the applicants desire of pursuing a role in athletics and how he or she is committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience. Besides national office interns, 30 conferences and affiliates and 196 schools are represented in the program this year.
“This opportunity will provide me insight and knowledge on how to become an effective future leader,” said Roca. “I am grateful for this experience to grow with other aspiring leaders of college athletics.”
Roca graduated from Barton in 2015 with a degree in business and sports management. She was a member of Barton's cross country and track and field teams for four years, and in 2014 received the women's track team award for sportsmanship.
Before returning to Barton in the summer of 2016, Roca served a one-year internship as a conference officer with Conference Carolinas in 2015-16. In her role, she was heavily involved with the league's compliance monitoring efforts, and also assisted with its sports marketing, athletic communications and championship administration functions.
"Andrea Roca has a bright future in athletics administration,” remarked Barton Director of Athletics Todd Wilkinson. “In a very short time, she has become a valuable employee for the Barton College athletics department. Her selection to the emerging leader's seminar will continue to strengthen her ascending career path. Additionally, she will bring back valuable information from the seminar that will enhance the Barton athletic program. I am excited for Andrea and proud that she is representing Barton College."
The Emerging Leaders Seminar provides educational and transitional programming for NCAA graduate assistants and interns who have shown a profound interest in pursuing a career in college sports. After attending, participants bring back to their schools industry knowledge, leadership awareness and a broadened perspective of intercollegiate athletics. Participants gain valuable insight that helps them structure the next steps for their careers.
More information on the Emerging Leaders Seminar and NCAA Leadership Development can be found here: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/leadership-development/ncaa-emerging-leaders-seminar