A national award announced this week proved that SUNY Oneonta’s athletics department has its head in the game and is in good hands.
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced Wednesday that the State University College at Oneonta’s athletic director, Tracey Ranieri, is an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year.
The prestigious award recognizes the efforts of athletic directors for their commitment and positive contributions to student athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities, according to a media release from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Ranieri, 49, said she was pleasantly surprised by the honor.
“When you get an award from your peers, it’s incredibly meaningful,” Ranieri, of Oneonta, said.
Ranieri, who is in her eighth year as the college’s athletic director, said SUNY Oneonta’s athletics program is one of the school’s best kept secrets. But it isn’t a secret anymore.
Ranieri said she will travel to NACDA’s 49th Annual Convention on June 11 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, where she will receive her award alongside 28 other winning collegiate athletic directors from across the country.
Ranieri has worked at SUNY Oneonta for 22 years, including 16 years as the women’s soccer coach. In 2004, she received the esteemed SUNY Chancellor’s Award for excellence in professional service and, in 2007, she received the City of Oneonta Trailblazer Award from the Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights.
As the school’s athletics director, Ranieri oversees and supports a staff of more than 20 full-time coaches and athletic trainers and nearly 460 student athletes in 21 different sports, she said.
In addition, she manages a budget and facilities, schedules over 400 competitions per year and travels to competitions, promotes gender equity, holds meetings, keeps track of athletes’ eligibility and works with other campus staff to support the overall student experience.