DECATUR, Ga.—Allison Kern has been named director of athletics at Agnes Scott College, effective immediately. Kern served as the assistant athletics director for external relations and camps during the 2017-18 academic year under then-AD Beth Vansant, who left the college in May to pursue other career opportunities.
"Coach Kern brings with her the energy, knowledge, experience, and passion for NCAA Division III athletics that will enrich and enhance the overall student-athlete experience at Agnes Scott," said Karen Goff, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "A forward thinker and strategic leader, Allison has already laid the groundwork for the future of Scottie Athletics, as the assistant director of external relations for athletics, where she led a successful rebranding campaign and launched fruitful fundraising initiatives for Athletics."
"I am humbled and grateful for the chance to lead Agnes Scott Athletics," stated Kern. "I want to thank Karen Goff for the opportunity. This is an exciting time to be a Scottie and a big reason for that is our team. I feel incredibly fortunate to come to work every day with talented people who are passionate about what we do."
"Her years of coaching and visionary leadership give me full confidence in her ability to move the Athletic department forward as an integral component of the Agnes Scott SUMMIT experience," Goff added.
Kern enters her third year at the college after initially coming to Decatur to take the head coaching job for the women's basketball program.
The department saw many changes during the 2017-18 season that ranged from new branding efforts, both internally and externally, to creating relationships with outside entities who would have an interest in raising the profile of Agnes Scott Athletics. Under her direction, Agnes Scott Athletics successfully ran its first golf tournament, the Agnes Scott Athletics Golf Classic, at the historically renowned East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. Kern also oversaw an uptick in contact with potential stakeholders that led to the creation of a new booster club ahead of the 2018-19 school year, Friends of Scottie Athletics.
Alongside fellow first-year assistant athletic director, Rosemary Davis, Kern also helped create a new experience for Scottie student-athletes through improved game management strategies and leadership development initiatives focused on the whole person.
Kern has spent much of her career in the women's basketball realm after lettering for four years at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. She served as an assistant at Hiram College (Ohio) and William Smith College (N.Y.) before getting a head coaching gig at Misericordia (Pa.). Kern coached at Misericordia for four seasons before taking the job at Agnes Scott, where she oversaw the development of Garis Grant (Charleston, S.C.), who won Rookie of the Year in the team's first season in the USA South Conference.
She also served as coordinator for game day management at William Smith and the coordinator for athletic facilities at Misericordia.
Kern holds a B.S. in Political Science from John Carroll and earned her certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
"I'm excited about the work we are doing to enhance our student athlete's experience and I look forward to finding more opportunities to expand the profile of our department and the institution," Kern said.
The Scotties begin their 2018-19 season on Friday August 31.