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NAAC Announces 2015 Award Winners

May 18, 2015

CLEVELAND -- The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) has announced its 2015 award winners, presented by Bluechip Athletic Solutions - Frank Kara Leadership Award - Chris Rogers, associate athletics director for compliance, University of South Carolina; Organizational Leadership Award - Greg Sankey, executive associate commissioner/COO and commissioner-select at the Southeastern Conference (SEC); Rising Star Award - Eric Schneider, assistant director of athletics for compliance, Brown University; and the Division II Excellence Award - Angela Tressel, associate commissioner for internal operations/SWA, Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).

The award winners will be honored Monday, June 15 during the NAAC Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.

"I want to congratulate this year's award winners and thank those individuals that took the time to nominate deserving individuals for the 2015 NAAC Awards," stated NAAC Membership and Awards Committee Chair Jody Sykes, senior associate AD/chief compliance officer at the University of Oregon. "We commend the efforts of this year's recipients for everything they have done for the compliance profession and NAAC as a whole and we look forward to honoring their achievements at the 2015 Convention."

The Frank Kara Leadership Award is NAAC's most prestigious annual award and is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara. Recipients display exceptional leadership and unique vision for compliance initiatives, as well as demonstrating a commitment to furthering the compliance profession through being instrumental in the revitalization of NAAC.

Chris Rogers was named associate athletics director for Compliance Services at the University of South Carolina in February 2012. His primary responsibilities include serving as a member of the athletics department's senior management team, overseeing the institution's athletics compliance program, as well as serving as the sport administrator for women's cross-country and men's and women's track & field programs. He is also involved with several on-campus committees and special projects including the President's Athletic Community Advisory Committee and University Athletics Advisory Council.

Prior to South Carolina, Rogers was the assistant athletics director for compliance at The Ohio State University beginning in 2007. Rogers has also worked in the compliance offices at the University of Utah and at the University of Minnesota.

Rogers serves on the NAAC Strategic Initiatives Committee after previously serving on the NAAC Education Committee.

The Organizational Leadership Award honors organizational leaders who have demonstrated outstanding commitments to promoting compliance within their organizations and on a national level.

SEC Commissioner-Select Greg Sankey is in his 13th year as a member of the league office and has been an integral part of the reshape the SEC's governance, enforcement and compliance program, while also overseeing the SEC's championships staff. He is active within the NCAA committee structure, which includes his current service on the Division I Legislative Council, Committee on Academic Performance and the NCAA Committee on Infractions for which he currently serves as chairman.

Prior to joining the SEC staff, Sankey was commissioner of the Southland Conference for nearly seven years. He joined the Southland Conference staff in 1992 where he served as both assistant and associate commissioner before he was named commissioner in 1996.

Prior to the Southland Conference, he was director of compliance and academic services at Northwestern State University.

Sankey will become the eighth commissioner of the SEC when he succeeds Mike Slive this summer.

The Rising Star Award recognizes young compliance professionals who are considered to be emerging leaders within the compliance profession.

Eric Schneider was named the assistant director of athletics for compliance in July 2013, beginning his second stint at Brown after previously serving as an athletics compliance intern during the 2011-12 academic year. Before returning to Brown, Schneider spent 10 months as the assistant director of compliance at American University.

While at American, Schneider assisted in all facets of compliance, including the interpretation of NCAA and Patriot League legislation, eligibility certification, monitoring, and rules education. Prior to American, Schneider served as an Academic and Membership (AMA) Postgraduate Intern at the NCAA, where he provided analysis in legislative waivers and assisted member institutions with Divisions I, II and III legislation and interpretation.

As an athletics compliance intern at Brown, Schneider assisted the department with various compliance efforts, including rules education of NCAA, Ivy League and ECAC legislation. He also assisted in various aspects of monitoring, student-athlete eligibility and certifications.

Schneider is active on the NAAC Membership & Awards Committee.

The Division II Excellence Award is NAAC's most prestigious award for Division II compliance professionals. Recipients display exceptional leadership and unique vision for compliance initiatives, as well as demonstrating a commitment to furthering the compliance profession.

Angela Tressel joined the G-MAC in July 2012 as assistant commissioner for compliance after spending the previous four years as assistant commissioner at Conference Carolinas (DII). In July 2014, Tressel was promoted to Associate Commissioner for Internal Operations and added the following to her responsibilities - oversight of the G-MAC Women's Basketball and Softball championships, liaison to the FAR Council, review of internal controls, DII conference grant program support, and maintenance of financial records and accounting procedures.

Her responsibilities also include overseeing and enhancing the G-MAC compliance program, assisting conference members with NCAA and G-MAC regulations, overseeing the G-MAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and serving as the G-MAC Senior Woman Administrator.

In addition to serving as chair of the NAAC Division II Committee, Tressel is also an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). Furthermore, in January 2015, Tressel was appointed to serve on the NCAA DII Legislation Committee and currently sits on the NCAA DII Women's Softball Midwest Regional Advisory Committee.

About NAAC: NAAC is in its 17th year and serves as the professional and educational association of compliance administrators. For more information on NAAC, please visit www.naaccompliance.com. NAAC is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 15 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.