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Now You Know NADIIIAA with Jon Kindred

Oct. 17, 2017

Jon Kindred
Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Success, Johns Hopkins University

Number of years in your position: Second year at Hopkins, 7th year overall in the field
Hometown: Nazareth, PA
Twitter handle: @JonBKindred

Why did you become involved in NADIIIAA and what has the experience been like so far?
I became involved in NADIIIAA last spring after I transitioned to Hopkins from Division I UMBC. I was very interested in the topics included in the convention last summer and wanted to meet and connect with peers to learn more about administration at the Division III level.

What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment to date?
It is hard to name one, and I don’t even necessarily consider this my accomplishment, but I have had so many student-athletes who have achieved tremendous results academically and in their early professional careers. Being a mentor and supporting my students is really what it is about, and I am just at the point in my career where I am starting to get feedback and a few thank you notes that really make me feel as though I’ve made an impact.

What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?
I would say the most important skills that I have developed in working in student-athlete development are being efficient and flexible with my time. While days might look the same on my calendar, hardly ever does a day go by as planned.

What is your favorite part of being involved in DIII athletics?
I really enjoy the student-athletes and their commitment to both their sport and their academics. It is a great level of athletics to be a part of since the students truly do compete because they love their sport and as a part of their well-rounded undergraduate experience.

If you didn’t have a career in DIII athletics administration, what would you be doing?
Ideally I’d be in collegiate athletic administration at some level, but I do think it would be enjoyable to work with the NBA players association to assist players in finishing their degrees/finding meaningful careers after their playing days are over.

What is your favorite place to visit?
I have to say St. Andrews, Scotland because of the scenery, the golf history, and the memories I have from my two trips in the past.

What is your favorite sporting event you have ever attended?
As just a fan with no skin in the game, definitely sitting 3rd row for a Duke vs. NC State basketball game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. As a professional though, the UMBC men’s soccer team made the NCAA semifinals when I worked there and that was an awesome experience to see student-athletes I worked with do so well on a national level.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
One of my mentors shared some advice about working with students a few years back that I have printed out in my office and reference quite often. He said you need to stress a strong culture of consistency, maturity, and accountability. In doing so, you need to approach each interaction from a transformational standpoint and provide feedback when opportunities arise to raise the bar and help the person you are working with take a step forward. I have tried to use this as a guide for my work with students, but as I progress in my career I certainly look to do the same with younger professionals.

About NADIIIAA: NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level.  A primary purpose of NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.