Former President, NCAA & Co-founder, Alliance of Women Coaches
Judy joined the NCAA as Vice President for Championships and Senior Woman Administrator in January 2001. In 2003, she was promoted to Senior Vice President for Championships and Education Services. Judy retired from the NCAA in September 2006 and returned to San Diego. She now serves on several boards including the ESPNW Advisory Board and Women’s Sports Foundation Advocacy Committee, is doing Title IX consulting work nationally for universities and organizations, and is Co-Founder of the Alliance of Women Coaches. She currently serves as Co-chair of the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force and is a Wish-granter for the Make A Wish Foundation.
Prior to her work with the NCAA, Judy served as Director of Athletics at the University of California, San Diego beginning in 1975, when she became one of the first women in the nation selected to direct a combined men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics program. In 1998, UCSD received the NACDA Directors Cup for being the most successful athletics program in NCAA Division III.
Judy was elected to a two-year term as President of the NCAA in January 1991 and was Secretary-Treasurer of the NCAA from 1989 to 1991, becoming the first woman to serve in each of those positions. She was Division III Vice President, the presiding officer of that division, from 1986-88.
Judy’s other NCAA Committee service has been extensive, having served on more than twenty committees, including the Subcommittee to Review Minority Opportunities in Intercollegiate Athletics and the Gender Equity Task Force. In addition, she has served on various local, state, and national committees including the Board of Directors of the National Association of College Women Athletics Administrators (serving as president 2000-2001), the Board of Directors of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and the Board of Trustees for The United States Sports Academy. She was a member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Task Force on Minorities, and served on the Board of Trustees of National University. 2 of 2
Judy has received numerous honors. In 1990 the Los Angeles Times selected her as the Top Southern California College Sports Executive of the 80’s. In 1992 the National Association of College Women Athletic Administrators named Judy Administrator of the Year. Other honors include four honorary doctorate degrees, the Big Ten Conference Centennial Award, the 1998 Honda Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Collegiate Athletics and 1998-99 NACDA/Continental Division III Athletics Director of the Year. In 2006 she was listed among the NCAA’s Centennial Anniversary 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes and received the NACDA James J. Corbett Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who “through the years has most typified Corbett’s devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment.” In 2007 she was named by the Institute for International Sport as one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. In 2009 Judy was inducted into the Wisconsin State Sports Hall of Fame. In 2011 she was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame and received the NACWAA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 Judy was honored by the Sports Business Journal as A Champion, Pioneer and Innovator. In 2013 she was inducted into the UC San Diego inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2014, she was honored by Women in Sports and Events (WISE) as a Woman of Distinction. In 2015, Judy received the Social Impact Award at the Doha GOALS (Gathering of All Leaders in Sport) Forum held in conjunction with The Special Olympics World Games.