Kim Fierke has begun what hopes to be a long tenure as a Senior Consultant with Athletics Staffing and Consultants with her area of specialty in matters relating to NCAA Division III with a special emphasis in the areas of compliance, strategic planning, and Title IX/gender equity.
Fierke also serves as Assistant Professor in the Sports Management Department at SUNY Oneonta. Fierke began her tenure track position in August 2018.
Fierke has over 25 years of professional experience in Division III athletics. Fierke served as Director of Athletics and Chair of Physical Education at Hartwick College from October 2010 until May 2018. She led 17 varsity sport programs (including two Division I and football programs), the intramural program, and the physical education department. Besides leading the athletic department Fierke was involved in numerous campus wide committees including many that involved strategic planning (Hartwick 225, Leadership Group, Campus Master Plan, Chair of Communications Task Force). Fierke also served as the Empire 8 Conference Vice President from 2014-2017.
In 2005, she was named the Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Salem College. At Salem, she guided the institution through the NCAA Division III provisional process and was granted a Year Three waiver. She also brought Salem to membership in the Great South Athletic Conference. As a member of the Salem community she served on the institutional leadership group to create a Center for Women’s Wellness and Committee on Retention Efforts.
Prior to her appointment at Salem, Fierke served as assistant athletic director and head women’s basketball coach at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from 1996-2004. As head coach, she guided the Cardinals to first ever back to back conference tournament appearances (2000,2001). She started her career as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Macalester College (1993-1996). As an undergraduate at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN she was a member of the 1988 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championship team and played four years for the Cobbers.
She received her Doctor of Education degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s University and Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Western Illinois University. Her dissertation focused on finding meaning in the college choice of Division III student-athletes and her master’s thesis focused on the perception of job competencies between Division I and Division III athletic directors.
Fierke has been active the national scene. Within the NCAA membership she has served on the Membership Committee (2013-2016), Women’s Soccer Regional Advisory Committee (2016-2018), Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee (2010-2013), Convention Planning Committee (2008-2010), facilitator training for Gameday the DIII Way (2017), and a Leadership Conference Facilitator (2002-2007). She served on the Governing Council of the Collegiate Water Polo Association from 2012-2018 (Chair from 2012-2017). She was part of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) Executive Committee from 2008-2010 and the NACWAA Foundation Fund sub-committee from 2009-2010.
Fierke attended the NACWAA/Hers Institute for Administrative Advancement (2004) and was a member of the first NACWAA/Hers Leadership Institute (2007). She is and has been active on NCAA, NADIIIAA, and NACWAA national committees as well as local boards and community committees.
Fierke resides in Oneonta with her husband, Chris, and their three daughters.