Jill Shields Promoted to Assistant AD

MANHATTAN, Kan.Jill Shields, an 11-year veteran of the athletics department, has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services, athletics director John Currie announced on Tuesday.


"Over my initial six weeks it became very clear that Jill has the respect of not only our head coaches and staff but also the campus community,” said Currie. “Her familiarity with K-State, coupled with her student-athlete centric background and coaching experience make her a perfect fit for K-State at this juncture.”


In this new role, Shields will direct all aspects of the academic support program and student services for athletics.  She had previously worked as Associate Director of the program with stints directing the support services for football, women’s basketball and volleyball, as well as Life Skills programming.

“This is a terrific opportunity for me to expand my role working with the student-athletes, coaches and campus community at K-State,” said Shields.  “I'm passionate about academics and student services, and our program will strive to equip our student-athletes to meet the daily demands associated with being both a student and a Division I athlete."


Shields has played a pivotal role in the academic success of the women’s basketball team, which posted the highest GPA (3.374) by a BCS conference school in the most recent edition of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.  She has helped mentor four CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, including two-time recipient Laurie Koehn, as well as 62 Academic All-Big 12 selections since 2000.  K-State has led the Big 12 in Academic All-Big 12 honorees each of the past two seasons in women’s basketball, including a school-record eight student-athletes on the first team in 2008-09. 


Jill is a professional of the utmost integrity who possesses a passionate commitment to providing student-athletes with the direction, support and resources necessary to achieve academic success and excellence,” said women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson.  “She has been a major factor in our women's basketball program distinguishing itself academically as one of the most successful in the nation. Her knowledge of NCAA requirements, her ability to organize, monitor and advise, as well as to communicate effectively with professors, deans, student-athletes and coaches is superb.”


In addition, Shields has played a part in the academic excellence of the women’s volleyball squad, which has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award each of the past seven seasons.  The team has also yielded two Academic All-Americans and 61 Academic All-Big 12 selections since 2000.


Shields came to K-State after working at Wichita State for six years, including the last year as a senior admissions representative in the University’s admissions office.  She spent the previous five seasons as an assistant women’s basketball coach for the Shockers.


Jill is an experienced professional respected by her national peers for her leadership of student-athlete welfare and academic assistance programming,” said Dr. Mike Holen, Dean of the College of Education and Faculty Athletics Representative.  “She understands the crucial nature of maintaining academic integrity while promoting success in the classroom within a highly competitive athletics environment."


Shields earned her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Central Florida in 1990.  A member of the Golden Knights basketball team, she was named most valuable player her senior year.  Shields earned her Master’s degree in education from North Georgia College in 1992.


I am excited to see that Jill has been promoted,” said Chris Merriewether, senior men’s basketball player and President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  “She is very poised and knows how to work exceptionally well with student-athletes and administrators. She is well respected and admired by the student-athletes within SAAC.”


A native of Assaria, Kan., Shields and her husband, Mark, live in Manhattan with their two children, Sydney and Sam.