Jody Sykes is in her seventh year on the UofL staff, currently serving as Associate Athletic Director for Compliance. Before joining the Cardinal staff, she served just over two years as the Director of Compliance at the University of Pittsburgh, and two-and-a-half years as Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Compliance and Student Services for Robert Morris University.
Sykes' duties include interpreting NCAA and BIG EAST Conference rules for the athletic department staff, coaches and student-athletes; processing appeals and waivers; providing NCAA rules education for coaches, university staff and other outside entities; investigating NCAA infractions matters and submitting all Academic Performance Program (APP) reports. She assists with initial and continuing eligibility, financial aid and other day-to-day compliance matters. Sykes also serves as co-advisor to the UofL Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
A former collegiate golfer, Sykes was a four-time letterwinner with the Montana Grizzlies, where she earned a B.S. degree with honors in Business Administration in 1998. During her tenure at Montana, she was the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) president and Big Sky Conference representative to the National SAAC for Division I, as well as an intern in the compliance office and athletic equipment room.
Sykes was a recipient of a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and the NCAA Women and Ethnic Minorities Internship in 1998-99. She accepted the internship with the Championships department at the NCAA and later completed her graduate work at the University of Arkansas in 2001, earning a Master of Education degree in Sport Management. While at Arkansas, Sykes served as the Assistant Women's Golf Coach (1999-2000) and the compliance assistant for the men's athletic department (2000-01).
In 2008, Sykes participated in and graduated from the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement. She graduated from the Division IA Athletic Directors Association Institute in 2011.
Sykes currently serves the BIG EAST Conference as a member of the Men and Women's Swimming and Diving Committee. Previously, she served a two-year term on the Women's Lacrosse Committee. Sykes has also served a four year term (2007-2011) on the NCAA Division I Progress Toward Degree Waivers Committee and beginning September 1, 2012, she will serve the NCAA as a member of the Division I Women's Golf Committee.
A native of Rifle, Colo., Sykes is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC).