ATLANTA – Georgia Tech associate director of athletics Theresa Wenzel is the winner of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) 2011 Administrator of the Year Award for her excellence in athletic administration.
This award is presented annually to an administrator, athletic director, associate or assistant athletic director or senior woman administrator who has excelled at encouraging the growth and quality of women’s basketball programs and women’s athletic programs overall. The candidate must also have served as a professional role model for student-athletes.
“Congratulations to Theresa Wenzel,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bess. “It is imperative that the WBCA maintain strong relationships on campuses and in the NCAA governance structure. Like our member coaches, the WBCA depends on the continued support of administrators at their institutions. Theresa is one such administrator who is a staunch supporter of women’s basketball and this association.”
Wenzel is in her fifth season as the senior woman administrator at Georgia Tech. She oversees women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, golf, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s cross country, and the men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams in her role. She is also a member of various committees including the NCAA Athletic Certification Steering Committee.
Wenzel joined the Georgia Tech Athletic Association staff in October 2005 after an eight-year stint at Siena College (N.Y.), where she served as assistant and then associate athletics director of business operations while also coaching the women’s golf team. Prior to her time at Siena, Wenzel spent three years (1994-97) as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Canisus College in Buffalo, N.Y.
A basketball letter-winner at Marquette University, Wenzel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Marquette in 1991. She added a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius in 2000.
Wenzel will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 6 pm EDT, Monday, April 4, in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four®.
Past recipients of the WBCA Administrator of the Year Award include: Janna Blais, Northwestern University (2010); Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, Ivy League (2009); Marianne Vydra, Oregon State University (2008), Carol Sprague, University of Pittsburgh (2007); Jane Meyer, University of Iowa (2006), Debbie Richardson, Campbell University (2005); Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, University of Denver (2004); Cary Groth, Northern Illinois University (2003); Marita Hynes, University of Oklahoma (2002); Jane Meier, Northern Kentucky (2001); Bernadette McGlade, ACC (2000); Don DiJulia, St. Joseph's (Pa.) University (1999); Jeanne Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University (1998); Lynn Dorn, North Dakota State University (1997); Dr. Mary Jo Wynn, Southwest Missouri State University (1996); Ellen Perry, Pennsylvania State University (1995); Lynn Barry, USA Basketball (1994); the late Jeannine McHaney, Texas Tech University (1993); Dr. Christine Grant, University of Iowa (1992); Dr. James Jarrett, Old Dominion University (1991); Dr. Judith Holland, UCLA (1990); Dr. Donna Lopiano, University of Texas (1989); Dr. Joyce Wong, University of Rochester (1988); Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee (1987); Nora Lynn Finch, North Carolina State University (1987); Dr. Charlotte West, Southern Illinois University (1987).