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Blue Ribbon Tips: Katreshia A. Louis-Verrett (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University)

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm continues its Blue Ribbon Tips series with insight from Katreshia A. Louis-Verrett, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University associate athletic director of compliance and senior woman administrator. A Blue Ribbon Tips post contains athletically-related best practices, strategies and tips for administrators from NCAA member institutions and other higher-education professionals.

Mrs. Louis-Verrett believes issues involving student-athlete welfare will impact athletics programs during the next five years. Specifically, Mrs. Louis-Verrett explains athletics departments should ensure “student-athletes are interwoven in universities”. Further, colleges and universities need to place “more focus on student-athlete development” since “this is a different athlete” with altered needs and issues (e.g., social-media) than previous generations.

Mrs. Louis-Verrett suggests presidents, general counsel, athletic directors and compliance personnel should consider the following ideas to enhance athletics programs:

  • Senior campus administrators need to become “more involved [in athletics] since they are voting on athletics issues” within the NCAA structure.
  • Universities should seek “ways to use more of existing university resources” when addressing athletics issues. For example, the athletics department and other campus units should “rely on cross-training” and share resources (i.e., “divide budget to assist all students”).

Mrs. Louis-Verrett notes some of the most effective ways an NCAA institution can minimize the occurrence of rules-violations involving high-profile athletes and third-parties (i.e., sports agents, street agents, boosters, AAU coaches) include: “rules-education with actual boosters and agents”; a “combined program with agent licensing for rules-education” on NCAA legislation; and “more rules-education for coaches, parents and student-athletes.”

Finally, Mrs. Louis-Verrett counsels campus leaders “not to forget your goal is to serve student-athletes first and build programs around that”.

Katreshia A. Louis-Verrett Biography

Katreshia A. Louis-Verrett is the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University associate athletic director of compliance and senior woman administrator. Previously, Louis-Verrett was an assistant director of compliance at Georgia Institute of Technology. . Louis-Verrett is a 2000 graduate of the University of Miami, where she was a four-year letter winner in track and field. She has a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Louis-Verrett also is a graduate of the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males and Females and NACWAA HERS Graduate.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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