Corcoran Promoted to Executive Associate Athletics Director at Kansas Athletics
Nicole Corcoran has been promoted to the position of Executive Associate Athletics Director at Kansas Athletics, Athletics Director Jeff Long announced Wednesday. She has served as KU’s Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator since July 2017.
Corcoran administers KU’s women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf programs, and is co-sport administrator of the Track and Field, Cross Country program. She also oversees sports medicine and student-athlete development. Corcoran represents the University as the Senior Woman Administrator with the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference, and is responsible for monitoring NCAA governance issues and contributing to the University’s position on new NCAA legislation. Corcoran is the Title IX contact for the athletics department and works closely with the University Title IX Coordinator.
“Nicole has earned this promotion,” Long said, “through her dedication and commitment to our student-athletes, demonstrated effectiveness in her areas of supervision and the ability to bring people together to reach positive outcomes.”
Corcoran joined Kansas Athletics as chief of staff to the athletics director in February 2009. In 2011, Corcoran was named director of operations, and in 2014 was promoted to associate athletics director, operations. She was named senior associate athletics director/senior woman administrator in July 2017.
Corcoran came to KU after serving as press secretary and communications director for then-Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius from 2002 to 2009. She also served as the communications director and spokesperson for Governor Sebelius’ two gubernatorial election campaigns. Corcoran was the public information director for Sebelius from 1999 to 2001, while Sebelius served as State Insurance Commissioner.
Corcoran graduated from Washburn University in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a public relations emphasis. Following graduation she worked in the community relations/marketing department at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka before joining the Insurance Commissioner’s office.
In 2005, Corcoran was named the Washburn Mass Media Department’s outstanding alumnus.
She currently serves as a member of the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors and also as a member of the Community Leadership Council for the Douglas County BBBS. She also participates as a “Big Sister” in the program.