by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Barton College has appointed Andrea Roca as compliance coordinator, school officials announced Friday.
Roca, who received her bachelor’s degree from Barton in 2015, served as a graduate assistant of compliance and athletics operations coordinator for the 2016-17 academic year, and is moving into the lead role in compliance following the departure of previous coordinator Matt Akins.
The Raleigh, N.C., resident returned to campus last year after serving a one-year internship as a conference officer with Conference Carolinas in 2015-16. In that 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.
"I am very pleased that Andrea Roca has accepted the position of compliance coordinator,” said Todd Wilkinson, Barton’s director of athletics. “Andrea has done great work for Barton during the last year as a graduate assistant. Andrea has been preparing for this opportunity since she was an undergraduate student-athlete at Barton. Her work as an intern in the athletic department showed her passion for compliance and great instinct in this area. She is well prepared to take on this important responsibility, and I am thrilled to have a former Bulldog student-athlete as a member of the Barton athletics administration team."
Roca 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. She competed in nine different individual and relay events in track during her career, and remains the school record holder in the 3000-meter steeplechase after placing fifth at the 2014 Conference Carolinas Championships with a time of 13:24.37.
A business and sports management major while at Barton, Roca was honored with a Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll award in the spring of 2013.
Last year, Roca was among a select group of interns or graduate assistants from around the country chosen to attend the 2017 NCAA Emerging Leaders Seminar. Participants were selected based on an application process that considered their “desire for pursuing a role in athletics and how he or she is committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience.”
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Roca said. “I look forward to this challenge, and believe my experience will help serve our institution."