North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Commissioner Marcella Zalot is pleased to announce the hiring of Kate Roy as Associate Commissioner.
Roy’s primary focus at the North Atlantic Conference will be coordinating all aspects of communication, overseeing all strategic efforts in new media, website development and sports information, and coordinating conference meetings and correspondence for the conference office. She replaces Shannon O’Brien, who served the membership since 2014. In addition, Roy will serve as the championship coordinator for several NAC sports, the advisor for the NAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the primary administrator of the Conference Grant.
“I am thrilled that Kate will be joining the NAC office,” said Zalot. “Her broad skill set as a coach and administrator, both on the institutional and national levels, will be a huge asset to the conference office and to our member institutions. Her experience in Communications is very strong, and the depth of her knowledge in Division III college athletics is exceptional.” Zalot also stated, “I want to thank Shannon O’Brien for the incredible work she has done for the NAC, particularly the way she has built such a strong foundation in the area of Communications. We don’t attract someone of Kate’s abilities without the exceptional work done by Shannon.”
Roy enters the conference office after working at NAC member institution Northern Vermont University-Lyndon for four years. She arrived at Lyndon in August 2014 as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, managing NCAA compliance, business operations, student-athlete welfare, facilities and contests; and provided oversight to sport programs and sports information. Less than a year into her tenure at Lyndon, the Sports Information Director position was eliminated and Roy took over the communication duties for the department until the position was filled. She was responsible for creating website content, managing social media platforms, and keeping in-game statistics.
In addition, Roy served as the advisor to the Lyndon Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Sport Management Club and taught courses for the Sport Management and Exercise Science programs. Roy has served on the NCAA Division III Management Council since January 2016, and in August 2017, she added campus Title IX Coordinator to her responsibilities. She assumed the role of Management Council Vice Chair following the annual NCAA Meetings that were held in Indianapolis in January 2018. In this role, Roy serves ex officio on the Presidents Council and the Administrative Committee. She was recently appointed interim Director of Athletics at Lyndon in May 2018.
“I extend many thanks to Marcella and the selection committee for this opportunity,” noted Roy. “I am thrilled to join the NAC office as the Associate Commissioner and build on the great work Shannon has done serving student-athletes at our member institutions. I look forward to furthering relationships I have developed throughout the NAC over four years as an administrator at Lyndon. I am grateful to everyone at Lyndon for all the good work we did together.”
Prior to her appointment at Lyndon, Roy spent 10 years as Head Swimming Coach at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Roy amassed a .721 win-loss record, produced more than 80 All-New England swimmers, and was recognized as the New England Swimming and Diving Association Women's Coach of the year in 2006. During her tenure, the team was recognized for Academic All-American honors for 20 consecutive semesters. Roy served on the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Committee from 2010-2014 and on the New England Swimming and Diving executive board throughout her time in Maine.
Roy is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Communications. She earned a Master of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management from New England College in 2010.
Roy will begin her responsibilities August 6.