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Release: Sept. 1, 2000
Jantz named interim UI women's athletic director
IOWA CITY, Iowa --
University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman announced today that Paula Jantz
has been named interim director of womens athletics. The appointment
follows the retirement of long-time UI womens athletic director Christine
Grant. Grants last day on the job was Aug. 31.
"Im very pleased that Paula has agreed
to step in and keep our womens athletics program moving forward,"
Coleman said. "With more than 20 years experience as an administrator
in intercollegiate athletics, Paula comes highly recommended."
Jantz has been associate womens athletic director
at the UI since 1994. She was assistant director of womens athletics
from 1988 to 1994. She joined the staff in the womens athletic directors
office in 1980 after serving two years as an administrative graduate assistant
and assistant softball coach.
She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate
Women Athletic Administrators and has served on a variety of university and
external committees. She is currently a member of the Big Ten Conference Sports
Management Committee, liaison to Big Ten Conference Coaching Groups in rowing,
and in the past has served as liaison to field hockey and softball. She also
served for six years on the NCAA Division I Softball Committee. She also serves
on the IOWA Award Program Selection Review Committee, has been a member of
the UI Student-Athlete Assistance Program Core Committee since 1982, and has
served on the UI Sports Camp Oversight Committee.
Jantz holds a masters degree in athletic administration
from the University of Iowa. She earned bachelors degrees in social
science and physical education at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, where
she played intercollegiate softball, basketball and field hockey. In 1976,
she was the OSU Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year, the Most Valuable Player
on the field hockey team, and co-captain of both the field hockey and softball
teams. She was also co-captain and MVP of the softball team in 1975.
She was OSU assistant softball coach in 1977 and head
softball coach in 1978.