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Kayla McCulley '09 Awarded NCAA Internship


Kayla McCulley ’09, who played lacrosse at Pomona, has been awarded one of 19 postgraduate internships at the National Collegiate Athletic Association national office in Indianapolis. The program offers on-the-job learning and mentoring opportunities to graduates from NCAA institutions, who are interested in pursuing careers in intercollegiate athletics administration.

Since June 7, McCulley has been a member of the NCAA governance staff, which works directly with the presidential bodies and management councils that direct the affairs of the three NCAA divisions.

The position will give her a great deal of contact with the member schools and conference commissioners, she reports.  “Over the course of the year, I will be involved with committees and legislation related to many sports and all three divisions.”

An international relations major at Pomona, McCulley says her experience on the Pomona-Pitzer women's lacrosse team was formative in developing her interest in sports administration.

“I was a four-year member and senior captain for the lacrosse team [and] played defensive midfielder. During my sophomore year, the 2006-2007 season, women's lacrosse made the jump from a club sport to become an NCAA varsity program. That was definitely exciting for us as players and a great step forward for the Pomona-Pitzer athletic department. My lacrosse teammates became my closest friends at Pomona, and I couldn't imagine my experience there without sports.”

After graduation, McCulley received a Fulbright research grant and traveled to Neuchatel, Switzerland to study policies and regulations governing the transfer system for professional soccer players in Europe. She also took sports law and sports geography classes at the International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES). Next month, she will travel to Ghent, Belgium, to present her research at the Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union Conference.