Tulane Sports Law Alum Named Associate AD for NCAA Compliance

Feb 24, 2023

The Western Michigan Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the hiring of Kate Eshleman to the position of Associate Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance. Eshleman will serve as a member of the Athletic Director’s Senior staff, while overseeing WMU’s compliance department. Eshleman arrives in Kalamazoo after spending the last year at the University of Utah. While in Salt Lake City, she oversaw the athletic department’s Name, Image and Likeness program, educated coaches, student-athletes and staff on NCAA as well as university rules, reviewed and approved all personnel for Utah’s 20 sport programs, and monitored institutional and non-institutional camps and clinics. Prior to her time at Utah, Eshleman spent the 2020-21 academic year at the University of California, Santa Barbara as a compliance coordinator. While at UCSB, she researched and submitted waivers and violations for the department’s 19 athletic programs, provided rules education to student-athletes, coaches and staff, as well as monitored CARA and recruiting activity. A two-time graduate of Tulane University, Eshleman began her professional career as a compliance legal intern at her alma mater, assisting with Academic Progress Rate reports and developing a database for Tulane’s compliance staff. She also spent a summer as an extern at the NCAA National Office, researching case precedent and public records for Level I Violations, helping enforcement staff prepare for investigation interviews, and assisting in completing an infractions data base which included information regarding Level I and II violations. Eshleman received a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in May of 2014, and then a Juris Doctorate from Tulane in May of 2020.

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