Amanda Devitt, former Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Services and Success at the University of Hartford, became the new Director of Athletics at USJ on June 24, 2019. Devitt is just the second Athletic Director in USJ history and succeeds Bill Cardarelli after 26 years at the helm.
Devitt leads a USJ athletics program that is currently comprised of 15 NCAA Division III sanctioned varsity teams, several intramurals, and numerous recreation and wellness programs. She oversees the development and execution of a long-term strategic vision for USJ athletics, managing the day-to-day operations of the athletics department, and serving as an advocate for the needs of student-athletes, coaches, and staff.
While most recently at the University of Hartford since 2013, Devitt oversaw the Hawks' Academic and Student-Athlete Services department, which included NCAA Compliance and Title IX. She served as a vital member of the Department of Athletics Leadership Team, assisting in the development and implementation of short and long-term strategic goals, with an emphasis on student-athlete academics and development. She was also a department liaison to Student Affairs, Title IX, Admissions, Financial Aid, College Evaluators, Faculty Athletic Representative, Meal Plans, and Residential Life.
Prior to Hartford, Devitt spent six years at Division III Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) as the Leopards' Athletic Coordinator and Head Women's Basketball Coach. She currently holds the third-highest career winning percentage amongst all WIT women's basketball head coaches. As Athletic Coordinator, she organized and supervised more than 100 student-employees within the athletic department, oversaw and staffed home athletic contests, and guided the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Additionally while at WIT, Devitt added the role of Senior Woman Administrator to her rèsumè during her final two years. Her primary responsibilities dealt with scheduling outside group rentals of athletic facilities, coordinating and distributing NCAA grant money, and aiding in alumni relations for the athletic department.
Before WIT, Devitt started her athletics administration career as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Women's Basketball Coach at Southern Maine Community College from 2004-2007.
Devitt is a graduate of the University of New England, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sports and fitness management. She went on to obtain a master's degree in sport management from Old Dominion University.