Ohio Athletics Announces Academic Staff Changes

Oct. 12, 2012

ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University Athletics announced the promotion of Randee Duffy as the department's Associate Athletic Director for NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success and the addition of Zach Rost and Jenny Polak, who will serve as the Academic staff Coordinator and Assistant Director, respectively.

The department also announced the addition of Kristin Arnold, Elizabeth Conard, Hope Howell and former Ohio track and field student-athlete Brittany Tyree to the Academic staff.

Duffy received the promotion after serving the previous four and a half years in the Academic department, beginning as an Assistant Director and eventually elevating to an Assistant Athletic Director capacity, working primarily with the men's basketball, baseball, field hockey, men's and women's golf, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving teams.

In her newly appointed role, Duffy, who earned both her undergrad and master's degrees from Ohio University, will work with men's basketball, volleyball field hockey, golf, soccer and women's swimming as well as overseeing the academic department, while serving as a liaison between the athletic department and the institution's faculty and staff.

In addition, Duffy will meet with prospective student-athletes regarding athletic academic services, NCAA eligibility and the institution's academic opportunities.

Polak begins her post as the Assistant Director after spending the previous seven months as a Learning Specialist Intern in the Ohio athletics academic office where she met with student athletes to monitor their academic performance throughout the year. In her new position, Polak will primarily work with the Ohio Football team where she will monitor academic progress of and provide academic skill instruction.

Prior to her time at Ohio, Polak served as a graduate assistant at East Stroudsburg University where she monitored the academic progress and eligibility of 504 student athletes on campus. The Pennsylvania native earned her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College where she played on the women's soccer team.

Rost comes arrives in Athens after he spent two years as a graduate assistant in the University of Central Florida Academic Services Department, while working toward his graduate degree. The Ohio native went on to earn his master's degree from UCF in December of 2011.

During his two years at UCF, Rost served as the department's Assistant Academic Advisor where he provided academic support, advising and registration services to student athletes. In addition, Rost also hired, trained and evaluated computer lab monitor while served as the department's Computer Lab Coordinator.

The Ohio native attended Cedarville University where he graduated in 2010 with a degree in Sports Management. He also served as a four-year member of the men's tennis team in both singles and doubles competition.

In his new capacity, Rost will work with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and assist in the academic progress of Ohio women's basketball, baseball, cross country, softball, track and field and wrestling.