(BALTIMORE, Md.) – A seasoned intercollegiate athletic leader and advocate for student success will join Notre Dame of Maryland University as the new director of athletics, after a national search.
Effective July 19, 2021, Dr. Ashley Hodges will lead Notre Dame’s competitive NCAA Division III athletic and recreation programs, recruiting student-athletes and engaging in student retention efforts. Gator Athletics boasts nine women’s intercollegiate teams in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), including the 2021 and 2019 CSAC women’s lacrosse champions and 2019 and 2018 CSAC women’s volleyball champions.
Dr. Hodges comes to Notre Dame from Rosemont College, where she served as assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator. At Rosemont, she coordinated game management operations, assisted with general oversight of coaches and maintained the department's NCAA compliance. She also led a yearlong student-athlete programming series and managed the athletic training program.
“With her extensive experience and student-centered approach, Dr. Ashley Hodges will build on the strengths of the Notre Dame of Maryland University Athletics Department,” said NDMU Provost Sharon Slear, SSND. “Her background in academic and leadership development for student-athletes reflects NDMU's tradition of educating the whole person.”
Dr. Hodges previously served as associate director of athletics/senior woman administrator at New England College, where she oversaw four intercollegiate teams, sports communications and athletic training. Before New England College, she was assistant director of athletics and head athletic trainer/senior woman administrator at Southern Vermont College. In addition, she taught sport management and athletic training courses as an instructor at Rosemont College, Southern Vermont College and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
She is a member of the NCAA Division III Nominating Committee, a former member of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, a former chair of the Senior Woman Administrators for the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and a former co-chair of the NECC Athletic Trainers.
She holds a Doctor of Education in athletic administration from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in adult learning and organizational performance from Drake University and a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Iowa State University.
“I am excited to work with the athletics staff and campus community to continue to live the mission of transforming students into leaders who will change the world. It was that mission and the collaborative spirit that helped me know that the Gator community was the right fit for me,” said Dr. Hodges. “I want to thank President Yam, Provost Sr. Slear, and the search committee for entrusting me with the leadership of Gator Athletics and welcoming me into the NDMU community.”
Established in 1895, Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) is a private, Catholic institution in Baltimore, Maryland, with the mission to educate leaders to transform the world. Notre Dame has been named one of the best "Regional Universities North" by U.S. News & World Report.