Alma, Mich. - Kiana Verdugo has been announced as the new Assistant Athletic Director for Operations and Compliance, as announced by Director of Athletics Sarah Dehring on Friday (May 1).
"We are extremely excited to have Kiana join the Alma College Athletics staff," said Dehring. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad background that will enhance the experience for everyone at Alma College."
Verdugo joins the Alma staff having graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. in 2018 with bachelor's degrees in secondary education and english. She was a captain of the track and field team and earned Academic All-MIAC in 2017 and `18. She was also named an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar, a USTFCCCA Academic All-American, and an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee in 2018.
Verdugo began a postgraduate internship with the NCAA in June of 2019. There, she worked with division III governance committees, including the Management Council, Presidents Council, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was involved with the creation and implementation of infographics, championship coverage, and social media takeovers, as well as the planning and implementation of educational programs for the Division III membership, including athletics direct reports, faculty athletics representatives, senior woman administrators, student-athletes, and the NCAA Convention.
During the 2018 NFL season, Verdugo was a gameday operations intern for the Indianapolis Colts. Her responsibilities for the franchise included operating the customer service and ticket information kiosks throughout Lucas Oil Stadium, assisting with mobile ticketing, and executing pregame and postgame group experiences.
Simultaneously, Verdugo was an intern for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where she had a number of responsibilities, including overseeing the MIAC strategic plan, including organizing subcommittees, agendas, and plan goals, creating educational resources on missed class time policies, athletic trainer staffing, frequently asked compliance questions and the MIAC weather policy, providing support to all-conference committees with emphasis on coaches' committees and SAAC, and performing duties of contest scheduling, officials' education, film exchange, conference meeting recorder, updating the website, planning and executed operations for all 21 MIAC championships.