HBCU alumnus Tiffani-Dawn Sykes appointed to NCAA committee

HANOVER, NHTiffani-Dawn Sykes, Senior Assistant Athletic Director for College Sports and Senior Women’s Administrator (SWA), has been appointed to the 14-person NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, which facilitates communication and understanding between the NCAA, the United States Olympic Commission (USOC) and the National Governing Bodies.

Through this communication, the committee will help facilitate the best possible development of elite athletes in contact with the NCAA’s commitment to the education and widespread development of all student-athletes. The committee will also provide a channel of communication and access to the NCAA process and, where appropriate, make recommendations to NCAA members. In addition, the committee will endeavor to provide education to the USOC, National Governing Bodies, and student-athletes regarding the NCAA Rules and Regulations as they apply to world-class athletes.

Sykes has completed his orientation and will be officially presented to the committee on Monday, December 13th.

“It is truly an honor to serve on this committee,” said Sykes. “Dartmouth College has a rich history in Olympic sports, and I look forward to representing our athletes, as well as all Olympic Ivy League athletes in this role. As a former Olympic athlete myself, this is something that fascinates me enormously and I look forward to advancing the interests of all these athletes throughout the association.

Tiffani-Dawn Sykes has been in her current role with Dartmouth Athletics since the fall of 2020, providing leadership and direction to all 35 college sports in Dartmouth NCAA Division I. She directly oversees some varsity athletic programs and other functional areas within the department including varsity athletic communications, compliance, and the breakthrough Dartmouth Peak Performance (DP2) initiative.

Originally hired by the department in October 2019 as deputy director of sports for compliance, Sykes oversaw all the complex and difficult issues surrounding player eligibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, also served as supervisor athlete for the ski team, and spearheaded the successful effort to bring the NCAA Ski Championships to Hanover in 2025. She has also assumed oversight of men’s and women’s tennis, softball and women’s volleyball before her promotion.

Sykes began his athletic career in sports information at Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, Virginia, assuming the role of the SWA during his four years there. Other stops along the way include Virginia Union, Grambling State (where she earned her Masters in Sports Administration), the Central Intercollegiate Athletics Association (CIAA) conference office, Norfolk State, and Chowan University.

Graduating from the State of Virginia in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education, recreation and dance, Sykes was a team captain and four-year incumbent for the Trojans volleyball team as well as a winner of three-year letter on team athletics. She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, Women Leaders in College Sports, and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

HBCU alumnus Tiffani-Dawn Sykes appointed to NCAA committee

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