Sept. 19, 2017
NADIIIAA is excited to announce the launch of "Now You Know NADIIIAA", a monthly series featuring NADIIIAA members of institutions and organizations all over the country. This month, NADIIIAA is highlighting Jean Perez of Goucher College.
Senior Woman Administrator and Director of Sports Medicine, Goucher College
Number of years in your position: 3 years as the SWA, but have just completed my 10th year at Goucher as an athletic trainer.
Hometown: Norfolk, VA
Twitter handle: @jeanknecht
Why did you become involved in NADIIIAA and what has the experience been like so far?
My AD nominated me for the grant to attend the summer forum in Orlando, which was a great chance for me to learn more about college athletics as well as to network and brainstorm with other athletic administrators. It’s always great to see what works at other institutions and take fresh ideas back to your own school. My background is in athletic training, so my focus tends to be on student-athlete well-being and development, but it’s been very eye-opening to learn about other areas of athletic administration.
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
Integrating my family and my work lives. I have two young daughters that I hope will grow up as strong, resilient women because of what they are exposed to with my student-athletes and in their daily lives. They enjoy coming to games and I love that they can see what I do when I go to work.
What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?
The ability to adapt to any situation and to be creative with the resources you have available.
What is your favorite part of being involved in DIII athletics?
In DIII you get to see student-athletes in all facets of their lives and I love creating the relationships with them and celebrating their successes on and off the field. When alums contact me with life updates or to ask for advice, it makes me realize that all of the hard work we do in DIII athletics has a huge impact on their lives.
If you didn’t have a career in DIII athletics administration, what would you be doing?
I’d probably be teaching in an Athletic Training Education Program or working at a coffee shop since I can’t function properly without my coffee.
What is your favorite place to visit?
Any beach, anywhere. I’d also love to go back to Italy someday.
What is your favorite sporting event you have ever attended?
In 2004, my alma mater, James Madison University, won the then I-AA National Championship in football in Chattanooga, TN. It was such an incredible game!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
To never stop learning. As athletic trainers, we are constantly learning and changing what we do to stay up to date with current practices. But I think that translates to all areas of my job in that there is an opportunity to learn from every situation I face. It may not always be comfortable, but growth is necessary in the changing world of higher education and college athletics.