St. Mary Academy - Bay View is pleased to announce Jen Wasson, director of athletics, has been recognized by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) as a Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA), having passed the national CAA exam and completing all necessary coursework.
In a press release sent to Bay View, Mike Blackburn, NIAAA executive director, commented "To earn this distinction, [Jen] has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience, and professional contributions, as well as rigorous, comprehensive written examination."
Wasson now joins an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.
Since joining the Bay View community in 2015 as the director of athletics, Wasson has been the embodiment of an athletic administrator, providing leadership and displaying an eagerness to improve her league and school on a consistent basis. Among her achievements, she has worked with the Academy's athletic support organization, the Bengal Backers, to raise more than $30,000.
In 2015, Wasson became a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the Rhode Island Athletic Administrators Association. Prior to Bay View, she served as an assistant coach in Division I NCAA women's basketball for nineteen years. She began her transition into athletic administration by accepting a position at Providence College as the director of women's basketball administration. While at Providence College she worked in a variety of administrative roles on campus and in the community. She became a member of the United Way of Rhode Island Women's Leadership Council, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), and continued her membership with the Women's Basketball Coaching Association (WBCA).
During her time at PC, she also served as chair on the Providence College Pinkout Friartown Committee, Coaching to Administration NACWAA Circle, and the Providence College Faculty-Staff Giving Committee.
Among Wasson's other roles she also currently serves as head coach of the St. Mary Academy - Bay View girls basketball team and the director of Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) golf.
Originally from Pensacola, Florida, Wasson graduated from the University of Mobile with a bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in physical education. She went on to receive a master's degree in physical education with a concentration in recreation from Western Kentucky University.