BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) is proud to announce that Emily Carr has been hired as the conference's next Assistant Director.
Carr comes to the MIAC office from St. Olaf College, where she graduated this past spring with a degree in Athletic Administration and Management. A standout softball player for the Oles over the last four seasons, Carr finished her playing career in May as a three-time All-MIAC and All-Region selection. She helped lead St. Olaf to back-to-back MIAC Playoff appearances while becoming the program's all-time leader in batting average (.376), slugging percentage (.630), hits (176), doubles (59), total bases (295), and RBI (105).
Carr's two-year tenure with the conference office 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, Carr will also have a mentorship with Carleton College Assistant Athletic Director Heidi Jaynes to provide additional guidance and perspective as she shapes her career in athletic administration.
"I am absolutely thrilled with the opportunity to work for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference," Carr said. "The conference's emphasis of a strong athletics experience within the context of a high-quality education for all student-athletes is something I resonate deeply with. I am honored to engage with the membership and I look forward to collaborating with all of our administrators, coaches, and student-athletes."
Carr is currently working towards her Master's of Education degree with a focus on Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership at the University of Washington. In 2018, she served as a part-time summer intern for the MIAC office, assisting the conference with scheduling, strategic planning, and sportsmanship policy review. She also previously interned with St. Olaf College in the athletic department during her time on campus and has served as a consultant for Champion Sports in addition to training softball players through Clutch Hitters and the Bloomington Fastpitch Association. Carr is currently serving as an associate member for the NCAA Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She was previously President of the St. Olaf Student-Athlete Advisory Board and was elected MIAC SAAC President in both her junior and senior years. She now joins a three-person MIAC staff which includes Commissioner Dan McKane (21st year) and Assistant Commissioner BJ Pickard (3rd year).
"We interviewed a number of outstanding candidates for this position and are very excited for Emily to join our staff," McKane said. "Her familiarity with the MIAC and its member institutions will be a great asset to our office."
The MIAC has received the Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant six 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, Afton Goebel, Megan Gaard, Sheridan Blanford, and Lindsay Madryga. Anderson Diercks, Gaard, and Madryga parlayed their internships into positions at MIAC member institutions. Diercks is the Assistant Athletic Director at Augsburg University, while Gaard and Madryga are at St. Catherine University as the Head Tennis Coach and Director of Athletic Communications, respectively. Heinz previously worked in athletics at MIAC member Macalester College and most recently served as the Associate Director for Athletic Facilities and Operations at Florida Gulf Coast University. Arians was the Assistant Commissioner at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. Goebel works in runDisney Endurance Operations and Event Communications at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Blanford is currently serving as the Director of Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Carr is the MIAC's first Assistant Director since Madryga in 2017 and takes the place of fellow Ole student-athlete Marcel Diggs, who interned with the conference office over the summer. Kiana Verdugo, who interned for the MIAC during the 2018-19 academic year, moved on to the NCAA national office in June as the recipient of a postgraduate internship opportunity in Division III governance.
About the MIAC
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.