COLUMBUS, Ohio – Derek Cowherd, SASSO executive director and senior associate athletics director at Ohio State, has been selected for the NCAA Pathway Program, the NCAA announced. The program is comprised of 22 senior administrators from all divisions, with the group of leaders participating in scenario assignments, higher education and athletics leadership engagement and in-depth exploration of the NCAA governance process. The ultimate goal is to prepare the participants to have significant success as directors of athletics or conference commissioners.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected to participate in the NCAA Pathway Program and look forward to being a part of the talented 2019-20 class,” Cowherd said. “I am equally appreciative of Ohio State’s willingness to support me in this endeavor.“
The NCAA Pathway Program has produced over 100 alumni. About 25 percent of these participants have become directors of athletics, while more than 60 percent have received promotions in their careers.
“The 2019-20 Pathway participants represent the most influential decision-makers and change agents in intercollegiate athletics, and it is with great enthusiasm that we seek to play a critical role in guiding these participants on their personal and professional journeys,” Katrice Albert, NCAA executive vice president of inclusion and human resources, said.
The group of administrators will meet July 7-12 at the NCAA national office for a week of activities, development and guest speakers.
Before joining the Buckeye staff, Cowherd worked at the University of Mississippi, Louisiana State and Louisville, his alma mater. This year, Ohio State led the Big Ten with a record 461 Academic All-Big Ten selections, with 674 Buckeyes honored as Ohio State Scholar-Athletes and 209 earning their Ohio State degrees.