BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is proud to announce that Lindsay (Currie) Madryga has been hired as the Conference's next Assistant Director.
Madryga comes to the MIAC from Concordia University-St. Paul, where she previously served as the Golden Bears' Director of Marketing and Promotions. In her role as MIAC Assistant Director, Madryga will serve as the advisor to the Conference's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and assist with various areas of athletic administration including championship and event management, membership educational service, and brand development.
"Working in this Conference is a dream opportunity for me," Madryga said. "This is an exciting time for the MIAC and I am eager to begin serving our member institutions in the role of Assistant Director."
Madryga brings tremendous institutional experience to the MIAC, having worked extensively in compliance and marketing with a particular focus on external relations for the Golden Bears athletics department over the last three years. She has also spent time interning at Eastview High School and the Minnesota State High School League, working in all aspects of athletic administration, as well as tournament management. She now joins the three-person MIAC staff which includes Executive Director Dan McKane and Assistant Executive Director BJ Pickard.
"We interviewed a number of outstanding candidates for this position and are very excited to welcome Lindsay on board," McKane said. "She is someone who can step in right away and use her experience and knowledge at the institution-level to help better serve our membership."
Madryga's 10-month tenure with the Conference – which formally began on July 31 – was made possible through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority & Women's Internship Grant, a program intended to provide opportunities for women and ethnic minorities to gain experience in college athletics. As part of the internship, Madryga will also have a mentorship with Carleton College Athletic Director Gerald Young to provide additional guidance and perspective as she shapes her career in athletic administration.
The MIAC has received the Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant five times, more than any other institution or conference in the nation. Previous MIAC Assistant Directors who served as interns as part of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship grant include Kelly Anderson Diercks, Brittany Feser Heinz, Natalie Arians, Megan Gaard and Sheridan Blanford. Anderson Diercks and Gaard parlayed their internships into positions at MIAC member institutions. Diercks is the Assistant Athletic Director at Augsburg College and Gaard is the Head Tennis Coach at MIAC St. Catherine University. Heinz previously worked in athletics at MIAC member Macalester College and is now the Director of Marking and Special Events at Minnesota State-Mankato (Division II), and Arians was the Assistant Commissioner at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (Division III). Madryga will take over for Sheridan Blanford, who was hired as the new Inclusion & Engagement Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Madison last month.
Madryga earned her Bachelor's degree in 2014 and Master's degree in 2016 in Concordia-St. Paul's sport management program and currently resides in St. Paul with her husband.
Founded in 1920, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is home to 13 private institutions, all housed within the state of Minnesota's borders. The MIAC sponsors championships in 22 sports, and is committed to its four core values of Quality Athletics, Academics, Student-Athlete Well-Being and Integrity.