Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Charles Small Named UNO Assistant Athletic Director for Student Athlete Enrichment

The New Orleans athletic department took another step forward on Wednesday, formally announcing the addition of Charles Small as Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Enrichment.

"We are thrilled to welcome Charles Small to our senior leadership team," said UNO Director of Athletics Derek Morel. "Charles is a dynamic, experienced professional who will elevate the University of New Orleans experience for our student-athletes. "

"He has embraced the challenge to lead our student-athlete enhancement efforts and will deliver a new level of excellence to our program, especially in the areas of academic support, life skills programming and community outreach."

Since arriving on campus, Small met with each one of the 14 sponsored sports programs at UNO. He has worked one-on-one with many of the Privateer student-athletes and has made headway in introducing himself to academic administrators on campus.

"I am extremely excited about working with the student-athletes at the University of New Orleans," said Small. "The addition of this position is a great example of Dr. Fos and Derek Morel's commitment to the holistic development of the University of New Orleans student-athletes."
"We are dedicated to providing UNO student-athletes with the support and resources to be successful during college and for their lives after college. We are off to a great start. The student-athletes seem excited and ready to be engaged academically and within the community. We hope that our program will help empower UNO student-athletes to compete in the classroom, live healthy lifestyles and make good decisions socially." 

Small comes to the Lakefront from the University of Pittsburgh, where he initially joined the athletic department staff as an assistant director of life skills.

In that capacity Small played a vital role in coordinating Pitt's comprehensive life skills program, including community service efforts and other programs geared to enrich and educate the total student-athlete. While working with the life skills program at Pitt, Small served as a facilitator for the 2009 NCAA Regional Leadership Conference.

In 2010, he joined Pitt's academic support services for student-athletes (ASSSA) staff as a counselor and was responsible for working with the football program's sophomore class and the women's track team.

In August 2012, Small graduated from the NCAA Leadership Institute. In addition to his duties as an academic counselor, Small served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.

A native of Detroit, Small attended Pitt, earning two degrees– a bachelor's and master's in social work – and is presently working on a doctorate in higher education management. His dissertation is focused on collegiate student-athletes' role identity and career development attitudes.

While working towards his undergraduate degree, Small earned three varsity letters during a four-year run with the Pitt basketball team (2002-06) that included a pair of Big East championships. A perennial member of the Big East Academic Honor Roll, Small was also honored as a Pitt Scholar-Athlete.

Small resides in New Orleans and is married to fellow University of Pittsburgh alumnus Celeste Small.


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