On Wednesday July 30, 2008, Nathan Tomasini, Ph.D., was named director of the VCU SportsCenter. Tomasini began his involvement in collegiate athletics and higher education in 1997 when he was hired in marketing for Sacramento State Athletics, while also teaching in the kinesiology department. Wanting to further his education, in 2003, he completed his Ph.D. in Sport Administration at the University of Northern Colorado. While completing his degree, Tomasini instructed a number of sport administration courses and worked on the feasibility plan for Northern Colorado’s transition from NCAA Division II to Division I.
Upon the completion of his doctorate, Tomasini was hired at the University of North Carolina to develop their undergraduate sport administration program, and he eventually became the director of graduate studies in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. While at Carolina, Tomasini worked with the Department of Athletics and the Atlantic Coast Conference conducting market research and economic impact studies. The VCU SportsCenter hired Tomasini in the fall of 2007 as the associate director for academic affairs. With prior experience coaching basketball, additional duties were to manage Villa 7, a successful program designed to bring top Division I assistant basketball coaches together with athletic directors of Division I universities to network and discuss opportunities for career advancement.
Tomasini has already made great strides toward improving the VCU SportsCenter in both academics and appearance. The SportsCenter has undergone a major restructuring this summer and is primed for great success. “I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the SportsCenter and helping to build this into one of the top programs in the country.”
The VCU SportsCenter will begin the 2008-09 academic year on Aug. 21, 2008 when new and returning students arrive for orientation.