Yale University has during this past year appointed a new leader of its athletic department. As our readers may remember, Yale’s athletic teams have made headlines of late — and not exactly for reasons the New Haven, Connecticut-based institution would like. An exposé in The Boston Globe shined a lantern on Yale’s endowed coaching positions and how these endowments — sometimes subsidized by donors whose children subsequently apply to the university as recruited athletes — can raise conflict of interest red flags. So just who will be charged with leading Yale University’s athletic department following the nearly quarter century tenure of Thomas Beckett?
Yale Appoints First Female and Asian American Athletic Director in School History
Victoria “Vicky” Chun will be Yale’s new AD. She will also be the first female and — the child of Chinese American immigrants — the first Asian American athletic director at Yale, a refreshing change of pace if you ask us! As reports David Holahan for The Hartford Courant in a piece entitled “The new face of Yale Athletics: Vicky Chun,” “Victoria ‘Vicky’ Chun knows how to finish first. She has captained and coached championship teams. She is the only person in NCAA Division 1 athletic history to be player of the year and subsequently coach of the year in the same conference, winning championships in both roles. She accomplished the feat in volleyball at Colgate University, where she also served as athletic director from 2012 until July of last year, when she became Yale University’s athletic director.”
Ivy Coach salutes Yale University on the appointment of the first female and the first Asian American leader of its athletic department in the school’s centuries-long history! We’d love to see this kind of trend continue at university athletic departments across the land. Go Bulldogs!
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