Kandis Schram, Maryville College’s associate athletic director and head women’s volleyball coach, was named the College’s athletic director Tuesday.
Recommended unanimously by a nine-person search committee composed of faculty, staff, students and alumni and chaired by Vice President for Administrative Services Dr. Bill Seymour, Schram will assume her new role May 15.
“The Search Committee noted in particular Kandy’s prior experience as a coach and administrator, her appreciation of the Maryville College mission and Division III philosophy and her energetic and forward-thinking approach to athletics,” said Vandy Kemp, vice president and dean of students.
As athletic director, Schram will be responsible for supervising athletic department staff members and the College’s 14 varsity sports programs. Among other duties, she will be in charge of the department’s annual budgets, give final approval to head coaches for scheduling all intercollegiate athletic events, enforce and interpret all NCAA and conference regulations, as well as College policies and procedures, and represent the College at conference, state and national meetings.
Reporting to the vice president and dean of students, Schram may act also as a consultant to the Cabinet on matters pertaining to the athletic program.
“The Maryville College Athletic Director is a challenging role, but I have every confidence in Kandy’s ability to fill it. It would have been difficult to find someone with her broad range of experience and familiarity with the program,” Kemp said, referring to the additional titles Schram has held in Cooper Athletic Center – academic counselor, assistant sports information director, pool manager, assistant athletic director, associate athletic director. “Furthermore, as associate AD and NCAA Senior Woman Administrator, Kandy has been able to take advantage of opportunities afforded by the NCAA, which have given her a bigger picture of Division III athletics and enabled her to think more strategically about the future of the Maryville program.”
A standout volleyball, softball and tennis player as a student at Maryville College, Schram earned her bachelor’s degree in 1985. That following August, she was named assistant volleyball coach, then in January of 1986, accepted the position of head coach. In 2005, she added “associate athletic director” to her title.
In 22 seasons at the helm of the volleyball team, she has compiled a winning percentage of more than 64 percent, coaching her Scots to 525 victories on the court. Six of her teams have won the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) tournament, and six have been invited to the NCAA national tournament.
Schram’s coaching accolades include the 1989 South Region Tachikara “Coach of the Year” award, and GSAC “Coach of the Year” honor in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.
With this new role for Schram, plans are underway to transition the College from a model of part-time Athletic Director to one of a full time Athletic Director with additional resources for coaching staff within the volleyball program.
Active in her profession, she serves as the independent representative on the NCAA Championships Committee and also as chair for the Great South Athletic Conference Sports Committee.
Active in her community, she has active memberships in the Kiwanis Club of Alcoa, New Providence Presbyterian Church, Blount Memorial Auxiliary and many other organizations. For her service to the community and College, she was selected the first recipient of the College’s Kin Takahashi Award for Young Alumni in 1999.
Schram replaces longtime athletic director Randy Lambert, who announced last month his resignation from that position after 22 years of service. Lambert will remain as head coach of the College’s men’s basketball program.