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.