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Oct. 24, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE – Kelly McCabe Sisk, a Virginia graduate and former student-athlete, has accepted a position as academic coordinator for women’s basketball/academic affairs life skills liaison in the UVa athletics department. Virginia Executive Associate Director of Athletics Jon Oliver announced her appointment on Tuesday (Oct. 24).

In her new position, Sisk will be responsible for providing counseling and support to student-athletes in the areas of degree requirements, career planning, University resources and academic performance. She will also work to provide student-athletes with meaningful experiences through the department’s life skills program.

“Our academic goals for student-athletes are integral to the success of our department and Kelly will assist us in our efforts to reach the department’s ten year goals,” Oliver said. “As a former student-athlete at Virginia, she understands what it takes to be successful athletically and academically at UVa. She worked with our academic affairs office and our life skills program as a graduate student, and was active in community service as an undergraduate.

“Kelly has gained additional experience in positions she’s held at UVa and James Madison University the last three years. Her experience should prove beneficial as she works with our student-athletes through her responsibilities in the academic affairs office and life skills program.”

Sisk joins the Virginia athletics department after serving as a health educator in the UVa Center for Alcohol and Substance Education since June of 2005. In that position, she served as a co-advisor for the Student Athlete Mentor (SAM) program. She was an academic advisor and life skills coordinator at JMU from August of 2003 until May of 2005.

Sisk earned her bachelor’s degree from Virginia in May of 2001 with a major in psychology and a minor in Spanish. She received her master’s degree in counselor education from UVa in 2003 with a concentration in student affairs practice in higher education.

As a graduate student at Virginia, Sisk served as a graduate intern in the athletics department’s life skills program from August of 2002 until May of 2003. She also worked as an instructional assistant in the department’s academic affairs office from September of 2002 until May of 2003. From June of 2001 until August of 2002 she was a graduate assistant in the UVa Center for Alcohol and Substance Education.

Sisk was a four-year starter in center field for the Virginia softball team and was the team’s captain in 2001 and 2002. She shares UVa’s single-season stolen bases record with 24 in 2000 and is tied for second on the program’s career list for stolen bases with 52. She is eighth on Virginia’s career list for runs scored with 112.

“I am extremely excited about my return to the Virginia Athletics family,” Sisk said. “I look forward to being a part of the positive direction in which both the academic affairs office and the women’s basketball program are headed. I also look forward to working closely with all student-athletes and the administration of the athletics department in my role as life skills liaison. I can’t wait to give back to the student-athletes and to an athletics department that has given so many opportunities to me.”

Sisk assumes her new responsibilities on Oct. 30.

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