Fierke Named Hartwick College Director of Athletics

August 19, 2010

Dr. Kimberly FierkeHartwick College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kimberly Fierke as Director of Athletics. She will assume her position on October 18, and will be on campus for Homecoming & Reunion October 8-10.

Fierke comes to Hartwick from Salem College in North Carolina, where she has served as Director of Athletics since 2005. In 2006, she was promoted to Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

At Hartwick, Fierke will oversee the College's 17 intercollegiate sports programs, including Division I men's soccer and women's water polo. She also will manage Hartwick's intramural and recreation programs, as well as the College's physical education program.

"I am honored to serve Hartwick College and the Athletic Department," Fierke said. "This is a truly amazing place with wonderful student-athletes and a dedicated coaching staff. I look forward to working with all supporters of Wick athletics to solidify a strong athletic and academic experience for our student-athletes."

Fierke received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Concordia College, her master's in sports management from Western Illinois University, and her doctorate of education in leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

At Salem College, she oversaw the school's entrance into NCAA membership and led the institution into the Great South Athletic Conference. Under her guidance, the physical education program expanded and this year will offer an exercise science major and coaching minor, as well as a restructure of the general wellness curriculum. She also has served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and the NCAA Convention Planning SubCommittee. A 20-year veteran of NCAA Division III programs, Fierke's experience runs the gamut from student-athlete to assistant coach, head coach, and administrator.

Prior to her position with Salem College, she was Assistant Athletic Director in charge of compliance, SAAC, transportation, supervised game management personnel, and the CHAMPS/Lifeskills program for Saint Mary's University. She later moved to Director of Physical Education for the college, developing curriculum and formulating department goals while teaching sport management and activity classes within the athletics department.

On the court, Fierke has served as head basketball coach at Saint Mary's University, where she built a program that consistently competed in the conference championships. She also was involved in the Women's Basketball Coaching Association and served as conference liaison for women's basketball. She began her intercollegiate athletics career as a member of the Concordia College women's basketball team, was a member of the 1988 NCAA Division III National Championship team, and was twice named an Academic All-Conference and honorable mention All-Conference selection. In 2008, her national championship team was inducted into the Concordia College Hall of Fame.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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