Athletic Department hires new deputy director

A former professor in sports law and league associate commissioner is coming aboard Sept. 14 as deputy athletic director at the UniversiAngie Torainty of the Incarnate Word.

UIW Director of Athletics John Williams has selected Angie Torain to assist him in the administration of the department in its transition to Division I status.

Torain comes to UIW from The Summit League in Elmhurst, Ill., where she has served the past four years as associate commissioner for administrative services. In that role she led the league’s strategic plan initiatives and was liaison for the NCAA Certification Program for member schools. She worked with the league’s academic reviews, compliance reviews, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and contracts.

In addition to working at the Summit League, she was an adjunct professor in sports law at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Prior to her time at the Summit League, she was an associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She developed and managed the athletic budget at IUPUI and reviewed all department contracts. In addition, she served as the liaison to human resources for all hiring as well as student housing and financial aid. As a sports administrator, she worked in game management, facility scheduling and athletics scholarship budgeting for all sports.

Torain worked at the NCAA for two different stints. She started there in August 1999 and was assistant director of enforcement/secondary violations for three years. She returned in September 2006 as assistant director of championships for a little more than a year. In between those two jobs, she was associate commissioner for institutional services, championship administrator and senior woman administrator for the Mid-Continent Conference (now The Summit League).

Torain began her career as the director of compliance for the Horizon League (formerly Midwestern Collegiate Conference).

She was one of 12 people chosen to participate in the NCAA Pathway Program this year. She has served on a number of NCAA committees for rules, legislation and championships. Torain was a student-athlete at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

“Angie will be a huge asset to the University of the Incarnate Word,” Williams said in a news release. “She brings a wealth of knowledge from her NCAA Division I athletic experiences on campus, in the conference office and at the national office. We are blessed to have someone of her caliber join our team.”