Sweet Briar College announced today that Jodi Canfield will join the College as athletics director on Aug. 1. Canfield, who has served as assistant athletics director at St. Lawrence University in New York since 2014, brings more than 20 years of combined experience in collegiate athletics administration, compliance, coaching, teaching, counseling and development. At Sweet Briar, she will serve on the president’s cabinet and oversee seven NCAA Division III varsity teams, as well as the equestrian program.
“Sweet Briar has a long history of excellence in athletics, and our student-athlete experience plays an important role in our alumnae’s affinity with the College. Jodi is an accomplished campus leader, coach and administrator who will be an important partner for admissions recruitment and a leader for our coaches to take our programs to the next level of competitiveness,” President Meredith Woo commented.
Canfield has coached both field hockey and lacrosse and taught courses in health and wellness. She holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and a Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from St. Lawrence University, where she graduated cum laude and was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
“I look forward to leading Sweet Briar Athletics, its coaches and student-athletes, into a new and exciting era,” Canfield said. “The Sweet Briar campus, its vision, its mission and its leadership are truly inspiring.”
Canfield has served on various campus committees at St. Lawrence, including the Diversity Commission, the Middle States Review, the Institutional Strategies and Assessment Committee, the Sexual Violence Advisory Board and the Academic Advising Team. For the NCAA she has served on the Empire All-Region/All-America Committee and the Regional Ranking Committee. She is a member of the Society of Health and Physical Educators, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American Association of University Women.