Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Announces Organizational Structure and Staffing Changes

Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Announces Organizational Structure and Staffing Changes

(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – A pair of Carnegie Mellon University athletics administrators have been promoted, as Kim Kelly and Jason Mlodzianowski will assume responsibilities as Associate Directors of Athletics. In addition, part-time assistant strength and conditioning coach Ben Swogger has been promoted to full-time, while Christine Scalise, Administrative Coordinator for the Cohon University Center, will take on a newly created role as the Tepper Facility Manager. The athletics department will add two additional positions this summer, including a departmental financial administrator and coordinator of fitness facilities and marketing.

“For the past year, I have spent a good deal of time and had many conversations to help determine the structure of our department moving forward,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “The clear ambition was to ensure that our leadership and staffing approach was setup to support student experience in the best possible way. I am confident we have achieved that ambition with these important promotions and future appointments. The future is bright for Carnegie Mellon and the athletics program.”

Kelly, who provided interim oversight for sports medicine and strength and conditioning over the past two years, will permanently assume leadership responsibilities for those administrative areas. She will remain in her sport supervision role for the swimming and diving programs. Additionally, Kelly will continue to oversee the leadership programming and will work with Andrew Girard, Head Women's Tennis Coach and Operations Manager for Intercollegiate Tennis, to help the further evolution of the Student-Athlete Leadership Development Program. Kelly maintains her roles as Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and NCAA Compliance Officer.

Mlodzianowski will continue to provide oversight for events, facilities and operations, as well as intercollegiate men’s and women’s golf. Mlodzianowski will also assume supervision of athletic communications and will provide leadership for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

“Kim and Jason are both incredibly talented administrators, and are well-deserving of their promotions to Associate Director,” Centor said. “They have both been tireless advocates for our students, and our program has made great strides as a result of their efforts and leadership. I know that they will both continue to thrive, and we will make significant progress as a result of their increased roles.”

Swogger, who arrived at Carnegie Mellon as an intern in 2015 and then assumed part-time responsibilities in August 2016, has made a significant impact on student-athlete performance. This past year he helped improve the department’s approach to event management. Swogger will also assist in the debut of an “Ask the Trainer” pilot in the Cohon Center Fitness Center.

Scalise joined the athletic staff in April 2016 and has been working directly with Sara Gauntner, Associate Director of Athletics for Recreational Programs. She assisted in the opening of the new fitness center located in the Cohon University Center that spring and has been handling the daily operations since its opening. Scalise will take that expertise over to the Tepper School of Business, as the new facility is set to open in July. She will provide oversight for the Tepper Fitness Center while also retaining many of her financial duties within the recreational program.