Lindsay Reeves /// Director of Athletics /// University of North Georgia
Lindsay Reeves is in her 17th year at the University of North Georgia and the 2016-17 season will mark her seventh year as the Director of Athletics for the 13-sport intercollegiate program after investing five years as Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator. She is only the third athletic director in the history of UNG athletics and oversees 13 NCAA Division II sports, 50+ athletic department employees, nine facilities and over 225 student-athletes.
Following the 2015-16 season, Reeves was honored by her peers as the Under Armour NCAA Division II Athletic Director of the Year presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.
Under her leadership, UNG athletic programs have enjoyed prosperity on and off the playing fields and courts, highlighted by the UNG softball team being crowned 2015 NCAA Division II National Champions. She has mentored teams to championships on the conference, regional and national levels while emphasizing the total student-athlete development.
In her tenure, UNG has seen an unprecedented transformation of athletic facilities as the UNG Athletic Complex (soccer, baseball, softball) was converted to FieldTurf synthetic playing surfaces. North Georgia was one of the first NCAA Division II programs to convert all athletic fields to turf.
In June of 2016, North Georgia broke ground on a much-anticipated Convocation Center, a 3,600 seat multifunction facility set to open in early 2018.
The construction of Coleman Field House, significant upgrades to include stadium bleachers and a press box at soccer and restrooms and branding at the UNG Tennis Complex at Yahoola Creek Park also came under Reeves’ direction.
In addition to successes on the field of competition, the sports programs at UNG have championed the department's mission of total student-athlete development by teaching them the core principles of competition, integrity, fair play, personal character, and good sportsmanship.
Reeves' leadership reflects UNG's strong commitment to the overall experience of our student-athletes and to the important roles of service, leadership and respect, and how these attributes contribute to their total experiences at North Georgia.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, Reeves began serving a four-year term on the NCAA Division II Management Council. In addition, she is serving on the Division II Academic Requirements Committee, Division II Management Council Identity Subcommittee, Division II Convention Planning Project Team and the Division II Military Pilot Project Team.
She also serves the Peach Belt Conference as the chair of the Athletic Directors' committee will begin her two-year term in January of 2016.
In the fall of 2014, she was named the National Association of Collegiate Womens' Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year, presented annually to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as athletics administrators. In addition, the Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award honors an administrator who exemplifies the personal qualities and professional accomplishments of Dr. Nell Jackson — courage, conviction and perseverance. Reeves is currently serving on the NACWAA Educational & Professional Development Committee.
In October of 2016, Reeves was voted to serve a term on the NACWAA Board of Directors.
Reeves is the first female director of athletics at the University of North Georgia. She has led the development and implementation of a diversity action plan to ensure and promote diversity among the university's student-athletes, staff and community. She is heralded as an advocate for all areas of athletic excellence, including team and student-athlete academic success and community engagement.
One of Reeves' crowning achievements is that UNG has donated the highest amount of money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of all NCAA Division II schools in three of her previous five years as athletic director. UNG's donation of $34,000 after the 2015-16 season marks the highest ever single-season donation by a NCAA Division II school. Additionally, North Georgia has won the PBC's Make-A-Wish Award, named after former UNG student-athlete LeeAnn Noble, for five consecutive years.
In 2013, North Georgia was awarded the SunTrust Connecting Communities Award at the Peach Belt Conference awards dinner at the annual meetings. The school won for its ‘Sending Off the Saints’ which brought the North Georgia College & State University, Gainesville State College and Dahlonega communities together to say goodbye to the Saints mascot.
She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in physical education and received her master's in exercise physiology from University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.
After completing her education, she worked as the director of testing at Sports Training Institute in New York before taking over as assistant director of health and fitness at General Electric World Headquarters in Connecticut. From 1990-1999, she was the director of employee wellness and faculty member at UNC Chapel Hill.