Rutgers Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes
Kathleen ShankKathleen Shank
Assistant Director, Academic Support

Kathleen Shank begins her 24th year at Rutgers University and third year as Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes.

She provides leadership to 10 fulltime staff members who are responsible to managing academic support programs for student-athletes in Rutgers 30 varsity sports. Prior to being named Director, Shank was the Assistant Director with the primary responsibility as academic coordinator for the foot ball team. The academic program designed for the football student-athletes has led to the highest cumulative grade point average and the best academic retention rate for the team in the past five years. She began her career in Academic Support in 1995 as Senior Athletic Academic Advisor supervising the Louis Brown Athletic Center Academic Support Office and primary advisor for Women’s Basketball. As an academic advisor for the past 9 years, Shank has been the advisor or supervisor for almost all 30 varsity teams.

Her involvement in the profession includes serving on the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee and the National Association for Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) Task Force committee for“Best Practices”. Shank has also made presentations at the N4A convention and NJ Association for College Admission Counseling Conference and has spoken at numerous high schools, elementary schools and high school coaches associations throughout the state.

Shank arrived on the banks in 1984 an assistant women’s basketball coach at Rutgers University where one of her duties was also academic coordinator for the women’s basketball team. During her coaching career at Rutgers, Shank was an integral part of the winning tradition of the Lady Knights Basketball program advancing twice to the NCAA Final 8 and once to the NCAA Sweet 16 as well as coaching All-American players and GTE Academic All-Americans. She also served as team scout for the 1992 USA Bronze Medal Women’s Olympic Basketball team. Bringing 17 years of experience as a collegiate coach, Shank is a 1981 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and earned the Lettermen of the Year Award.Shank also earned a Master’s degree in physical education (tests & measurements) from the University of Iowa in 1984 and was the recipient of the M. Gladys Scott Scholarship.

Kathleen and her husband, Chuck resides in Somerset, NJ with their three sons, Brian, Brendan and Kevin.