The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) Department of Athletics is excited to announce the hiring of Kristen Folan to its staff as the Director of Student-Athlete Success after USJ was awarded a NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.
The grant is designed to provide financial assistance to Division III member schools and conferences that are committed to enhancing ethnic minority and gender representation in entry-level, intercollegiate athletics administrative positions. In its 19th year, the grant is a two-year program that provides NCAA funding for full-time, entry-level positions. The funding supports the salary of the intern hired and their professional development. USJ was one of 43 Division III institutions or conferences to receive the grant from the NCAA.
"As we continue to advance our department, we are thrilled to have received the NCAA grant allowing us to support our goal of continuing to build a diverse, talented staff. Kristen's energy and enthusiasm for student-success set her apart and we are excited to welcome her to our USJ community," said Director of Athletics Amanda Devitt.
"I am so grateful and excited to be joining the University of Saint Joseph," said Folan. "As the Director of Student-Athlete Development, I look forward to working with and getting to know every student-athlete. I am eager to help each student reach their fullest potential athletically, academically, socially and more! Thank you to the entire department for this opportunity."
Folan, who started at USJ in August 2020, recently completed her master's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College. As an Athletic Counseling graduate student, Folan worked with athletic teams at Springfield College and Western New England University (WNEU) facilitating various workshops, supervising study halls, and conducting one-on-one counseling sessions with student-athletes. Some of the topics of the workshops that Folan created and/or facilitated for student-athletes include arousal regulation, imagery, team cohesion, communication, self-talk, goal setting, time management, study skills, and other sport performance enhancement skills and life skills.
In addition to her efforts at Springfield and WNEU, Folan also served at Division I University of Massachusetts Amherst as an Athletic Academic Success Intern. For the Minutemen and Minutewomen, she helped facilitate objective based study halls for student-athletes, aided student-athletes in working on time management, goal setting, and prioritizing skills through interactive workshops, and created customized action plans for individual student-athletes with specific techniques and strategies to help them succeed.
Prior to completing her master's degree at Springfield, Folan attended Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. where she earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies.