A Life Long Dream: Saint Peter’s AD Rachelle Paul Discusses Her New Job

November 4th, 2019 | by Cody Junot
A Life Long Dream: Saint Peter’s AD Rachelle Paul Discusses Her New Job

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“It’s always been a life long dream and goal of mine to be an Athletics Director; I believe my role at Seton Hall University has served as a great jumping-off point for what’s to come.” – Rachelle Paul, New Saint Peter’s AD

Saint Peter’s University announced, this week, the hiring of Rachelle Paul as the 10th Director of Athletics in school history.

“I’ve worked at similar institutions; my resume is really filled with basketball-centric Catholic institutions. I’m no stranger to the league. Somehow it just all worked out really well,” she told CollegeAD.

Paul brings more than 15 years of athletic administration experience to Saint Peter’s, most recently as senior associate athletics director, senior woman administrator and deputy Title IX coordinator at Seton Hall University.

She has been responsible for the leadership and management of all areas of student-athlete development, including the organization and application of a comprehensive NCAA and BIG EAST rules compliance program and the implementation of relevant and effective programming that promotes and enhances the personal growth and development of student-athletes.

“I am thrilled to welcome Rachelle to the Peacock family,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “Our search centered on finding an individual who believes in the values and mission of Saint Peter’s University and possesses the skills necessary to grow our Division I athletics program. I am confident that Rachelle is the leader to take Saint Peter’s athletics to the next level.”

She replaces Bryan Felt, who was named Seton Hall University’s Athletic Director this summer. She says knowing someone on the inside at Saint Peter’s has helped her prepare for the task ahead.

“Having Bryan there has certainly given me insight. I also got to visit the campus several times, and everyone in the department was very transparent with what our needs are and what the expectations for the department are. But having Bryan there was great, I really got the ins and outs that maybe I wouldn’t have gotten after just a few visits to campus.”

The University will formally introduce Paul at a press conference on Tuesday, Nov. 5. She will officially begin her tenure in Jersey City on Nov. 11.

“I really feel like I have a pretty good idea of what I’m walking into, and I’m excited about the challenge. I’m looking forward to the first few months where I will be meeting people, listening, and making those connections with folks in the department, on campus, and across the community.”

This story first appeared in The NightCap, CollegeAD’s evening newsletter. The NightCap delivers the day’s college athletics news in simple bullet points, giving you what you need to know in just a few lines. Get The NightCap today.

About Cody Junot
Cody Junot joined College AD in November, 2014 as a contributing writer and was shortly promoted to Associate Editor in July, 2015. Cody graduated from UL Lafayette in 2011 with a degree in Sports Management.

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