Kelley Kish joined the Storm family as Lake Erie College's Director of Athletics in November 2017. In her first year leading the Storm they reached unprecedented success winning their first ever G-MAC Regular Season and Conference Tournament Championships (Women’s Lacrosse), plus a division title (Volleyball). That first year in the new conference saw every women’s sport advancing to the post-season. The historic run included Men’s Basketball and Men’s Lacrosse also playing in conference tournament semi-finals and Wrestling advancing four to the NCAA Championships.
The historic run for Lake Erie College athletics under Kish’s leadership continued in 2018-19. Storm Wrestling brought home the second Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship ever for LEC and multiple programs advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament: Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball. The Track & Field teams scored the most points in Lake Erie’s G-MAC history at both the indoor and outdoor Championships.
Kish launched a mentorship program with local Harvey High School and signed a department wide partnership with Nike through BSN Sports in her first full semester at Lake Erie. She also received the NCAA DII Ethnic Minorities and Women’s Internship Grant to establish a position in fundraising, events and student-athlete enhancement for the department for 18-19.
At Lake Erie, Kish serves on Extended Cabinet, the Budget Advisory Committee, the Student Affairs Leadership Team, the Student Success and Retention Committee, the Net Tuition Revenue Working Group, the Orientation and Welcome Week Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Prior to Lake Erie, Kish served as Associate Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) at Nova Southeastern University. During her five years at NSU, the Sharks achieved three team NCAA Championships, crowned 11 individual NCAA Champions and earned eight NCAA Regional Championships and 12 conference championships. Kish served as the liaison to campus partners at NSU including the Office of International Affairs, Student Orientation, Residential Life, Financial Aid and Student Affairs. The sport administrator for 12 sports, Kish was responsible for the compliance and academic success staff at NSU, also directing the sport administration and internal day-to-day operations.
As the Senior Woman Administrator for NSU, Kish spearheaded the department's inclusion and Title IX efforts including campus-wide Step UP! Bystander Intervention Training and working with the Ross Initiative in Sport for Equality (RISE).
Prior to NSU, Kish spent two years at the University of Indianapolis as Assistant Director of Athletics/SWA. There she was a member of the senior leadership team with duties including NCAA rules monitoring and education, GLVC and NCAA tournament hosting plus the financial aid process for almost 600 student-athletes and 21 sports.
Kish began her career at the University of Florida where she was the school's first Coordinator of Volleyball Operations from 2001 - 2010.
Kish currently serves on the Board of Directors for Women Leaders in College Sports (formerly NACWAA), chairing the Nominating Committee with past stints on the Title IX Committee, Tampa Convention Local Organizing Committee and as a convention speaker. She also founded and co-facilitated the Director of Operations Circle until 2017. She completed the Executive Institute in 2015 and IAA in 2009. In 2015, she prepared and mentored former NSU student-athlete and intern Jasmine Wilkins for selection as a Membership Services Intern for Women Leaders.
Kish has an extensive NCAA governance background including past service as the chair of the Women's Volleyball Rules Committee and as a member of the DII Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Committee. Her NCAA Regional Advisory Committee work includes men's basketball, women's soccer and softball. She is currently serving on the DII Women's Soccer Committee. She also chairs the NCAA Innovations Grant External Review Panel. Kish's NCAA Leadership Development experience includes facilitating the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum and the Career in Sports Forum twice.
Kish holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and recently earned a graduate certificate in Sport Revenue Generation from Nova Southeastern University. She completed the NCAA Pathway Program and is a member of the DII Athletic Director’s Association (DIIADA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC), serving on the Division II and Convention Committees. In 2018 she was one of just 10 administrators to graduate from the NCAA and Division IIADA Women and Minorities Mentoring Program.
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