Sept. 6, 2002
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University has named Desiree Reed-Francois as its Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Student Services, Director of Athletics and Recreation Cheryl L. Levick announced today.
Reed-Francois will oversee all NCAA and West Coast Conference compliance and student-athlete eligibility efforts for the Santa Clara athletic department. She will also oversee all academic and support services for the nearly 400 Bronco student-athletes in addition to duties related to sport supervision. Reed-Francois will begin her duties at Santa Clara on September 18.
"We are pleased to have Desiree as a member of our senior management team," said Levick. "She has an excellent law background which, combined with her college athletics experience, will help us maintain a high level of performance in our compliance and student services areas. I am looking forward to seeing her contributions help us continue to guide Santa Clara athletics to national prominence."
"I have a great deal of respect for Santa Clara University and I am excited to join its athletics staff," said Reed-Francois. "Santa Clara has a strong tradition of athletics excellence and a great reputation for producing high caliber athletes who perform very well in the classroom and in the community. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I am looking forward to the challenge."
Reed-Francois has served the last three years as the director of compliance at San Jose State University, reporting to Dr. Irene Miura in the school's president's office. While at SJSU she was responsible for providing NCAA rules interpretation and guidance, monitoring compliance with NCAA and Western Athletic Conference regulations and providing a comprehensive rules education program for the department of athletics. Reed-Francois also monitored the athletic department's compliance with gender equity guidelines, developed a booster education program and drafted the department's compliance procedures.
A 1994 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Reed-Francois received her juris doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1997. She began her career as a legal associate with the Oakland Raiders before serving in the same capacity with the National Football League Management Council. While in the NFL, Reed-Francois managed legal aspects of injury grievances and protection lawsuits, drafted legal writings and prepared witnesses and documentation for arbitration proceedings.
Reed-Francois entered college athletics as a compliance assistant at the University of California, Berkeley in 1997 before serving two years as a litigation attorney. She also currently serves as a law professor at Lincoln Law School in San Jose, Calif.