Nicole Corcoran joined the University of Kansas Athletics Department as Chief of Staff to the Athletics Director in February 2009. In 2011, Corcoran was named Director of Operations, and in 2014 she was promoted to Associate Athletics Director – Operations. She was named Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator in July 2017. In a re-organization under Athletics Director Jeff Long, Corcoran was promoted to Executive Associate Athletics Director, January 15, 2019.
In her current position, Corcoran oversees Women’s Basketball, Volleyball, Men’s Golf and Women’s Golf, providing administrative guidance to those coaches and their programs. She also serves as the liaison with Kansas Team Health, working closely with Sports Medicine, and oversees Student-Athlete Development. Corcoran represents the University as the Senior Woman Administrator with the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference. She 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. With the support of Long, Corcoran implemented a Women’s Mentorship Program, open to female Kansas Athletics staff, in 2019.
Corcoran came to KU after serving as Press Secretary and Communications Director for 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 outstanding alumnus by the Washburn University Mass Media Department.
She currently serves as a member of the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters State Board of Directors and is also active in Douglas County BBBS, including serving as a Big Sister in the program.
Corcoran is married with two sons and a grandson.