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Aimee Niespodziany (pictured) has been promoted to Athletic Director following the retirement of Coach Horn
Holy Cross - Wed, Mar. 20, 2013

John Brodbeck

Sports Information Director

(Notre Dame, Ind.) The Holy Cross College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Assistant Director of Athletics/Women's Basketball coach Aimee Niespodziany to Director of Athletics following the retirement of former Holy Cross Athletic Director/Men's Basketball coach Bob Schermerhorn.

"Knowing that Bob Schermerhorn, former Athletic Director, has a remarkable talent for developing leaders, we brought Aimee in as an Assistant Athletic Director with the specific goal of preparing her to become the Athletic Director," said Holy Cross Executive Vice President Dr. Tina Holland. "Coach Horn mentored her both in her coaching and her administrative roles, and before retiring he gave his confident assurances that Aimee is professionally, technically and personally prepared to succeed him as A.D. My personal observations confirm his assessment. Aimee is an excellent coach and administrator because she is a true student of leadership. She is already doing a great job in her new role, and her potential for future growth is boundless."

In her two years of work experience at Holy Cross, Aimee has been very involved in a number of different departments. She served as an Admissions Counselor during her first year of employment, and was promoted to the Assistant Athletic Director in Operations. On top of those responsibilities, Aimee recently wrapped up her second year as the head coach of the women's basketball team. In two seasons at the helm of the Saints, Coach Aimee has guided the program to back-to-back ten win seasons; a program record.

While serving as an Assistant Athletic Director, Niespodziany was responsible for the management of all activities in the Pfeil Center, the athletics building on campus. Such responsibilities included overseeing the hiring and managing of student workers, developing an effective system for renting the facility out to outside users, and managing the usage amongst the athletic programs.

Aimee has also played a pivotal role in expanding the fundraising efforts for the department. Whether it be related to upgrading the athletic facilities, such as the new soccer field, scoreboard, and bleachers for McKenna Arena, or taking on the lead role in promoting and fundraising the annual department golf outing that helps put on the annual athletics banquet. The experiences she has gained in her two years at Holy Cross will certainly be beneficial for the transition to her new position.

 "Getting a start at the administrative level has really helped prepare me for what's to come," said Niespodziany. "A big part of the job is being able to communicate and work with a wide array of people. I've gained some great experience in my differing roles while at Holy Cross which I think will prove to be very beneficial in the transition."

As the Director of Athletics, Niespodziany's role will continue to expand as she will now oversee all happenings involved with Holy Cross Athletics, and look to continue to the successes of her predecessor, Coach Horn.

"I'm very excited and fortunate for the opportunity to continue to be a part of the growth of our department and school," continued Niespodziany. "This is an ideal situation for me to be at a Catholic College where I get to continue to coach basketball and take on an administrative role in our athletics department. I firmly believe there is great potential with our programs and I'm excited for the opportunity to lead this department in achieving this potential. I'm excited and eager to get things started."

Niespodziany holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management along with a Masters of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. She currently lives in South Bend with her Husband Steve and their son Bo.

On behalf of the Athletics Department and College as a whole, we'd like to congratulate Aimee on her promotion to Athletic Director! The future is certainly bright for Holy Cross Athletics!