Director of Athletics

Joel R. NielsenJoel R. Nielsen

Director of Athletics
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics


  • B.A., Business Finance, Minnesota State University
  • M.A., Sports Administration, Minnesota State University

Job Description

Director of Athletics Nielsen provides leadership to all department activities through a team of administrative, professional and support staff; manages senior staff; establishes goals in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics consistent with the university’s educational mission; and ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies. Director of Athletics Nielsen oversees the entire department budget; ensures student-athletes are properly trained and remain academically eligible; and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and Administrative Council. He implements strategies to increase support for athletic programs, student-athlete scholarships and facilities.

Direct Reports

  • Deputy Director of Athletics, Casey Cegles
  • Associate Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator, Amy Densevich
  • Associate Athletic Director, Executive Director for Athletic Advancement, J Locklier 
    (Dual report to Division of Institutional Advancement)
  • Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Stephanie Rosinski
  • Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services, Angie Hull
  • Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, Sports Performance and Student-Athlete Well Being, Trent Stratton
  • Fiscal Manager, Jon Wilson
    (Dual report to Division of Finance and Administration) 
  • Assistant Athletic Director – Facilities and Operations, David Rush
  • Special Projects Assistant to the Athletic Director, Jessie Ely

Contact, 330-672-3120

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