Associate Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Services
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Joan Hopkins was hired in August 2006 as the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Services at the University of Massachusetts. Hopkins oversees the entire unit, the academic progress of UMass' 500-plus student-athletes as well as six full-time staff members.
In June 2011, Hopkins was the recipient of the National Association of Academic Advisors For Athletics (N4A) Distinguished Service Award. The Award is given to members who contribute above and beyond the normal service required by positions of leadership.
Hopkins spent 20 years prior to UMass at Eastern Kentucky University as the Coordinator of the Bratzke Student-Athlete Academic Success Center. The Center oversaw all academic support programs for EKU's 350 student-athletes, resulting in a top-50 rating for the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate. The Academic Center was also honored eight times as the top program in the Ohio Valley Conference and was the runner-up eight additional times.
Hopkins also has an extensive athletics background in swimming, serving as Lehigh and Northern Michigan University's women's varsity coach after her collegiate career at Penn State University. In 2004, Hopkins was inducted into the Northern Michigan University Hall of Fame. She received her Bachelor's Degree in social studies and secondary education from Penn State in 1975 and her Master's of Education (counselor education) in 1977 from Lehigh.
She is a former executive board member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and has been a Master's and Age Group swimming coach.
Hopkins resides in South Hadley. She has two daughters, Kristin and Karen.
Last updated January 29, 2013