Linders Hired as Ass't AD for Football Student-Athlete Development

June 12, 2009

TAMPA - University of South Florida Director of Athletics Doug Woolard and Associate Director of Athletics for Academics Amy Haworth are proud to announce the hiring of Jason Linders as the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Student-Athlete Development.

“We are so fortunate to have someone of Jason’s high character and commitment to student success leading our program,” said Haworth. “Our student-athletes will enjoy an intense and comprehensive support program under Jason’s leadership which will ensure our goals of graduation are reached.”

Linders will direct the entire academic program for football, as well as coordinate CHAMPS/LifeSkills and graduation initiatives.  He will also work with the USF football players and coaching staff on a day-to-day basis throughout the year.

“My family and I could not be happier to be a part of the USF family,” said Linders. “I would like to thank Doug Woolard and Amy Haworth, as I am very appreciative to have this opportunity to work with these student-athletes, as well as Coach Leavitt and this eminent program here at USF.

“I am extremely excited to join Amy and the academic support staff because I think we share the same vision, where our main focus emphasizes the growth and development of these student-athletes as they progress academically and athletically to prepare for the transition from the field to a career. Along with a top public research institution and one of the more prominent athletic programs in the nation, I share USF’s vision, appreciation and desire for continued success.”

Linders spent the past three years at UNLV, where he was the assistant director of Student-Athlete Academic Services.

In his three seasons with the Running Rebels, Linders coordinated academic support for football, which placed 20 members on the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, breaking the school record and ranking third among league teams.

Additionally, since he arrived at UNLV in 2006, the football team GPA increased from 2.502 to 2.775. Linders also helped oversee the football and men's soccer student-athletes in registration, academic eligibility, tutoring and on-campus issues.

Other than football, he worked with men's soccer, coordinated NCAA certification process for football/men’s soccer, collected and entered APR data for football, coordinated the CHAMPS/Life Skills program, and was the liaison for the Admissions and Registrar's offices.

Prior to joining UNLV, Linders was an assistant football coach for eight years in the collegiate ranks, including stops University of Nevada, Southern Utah University and Montana State University.

Linders graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1998 and Master of Science in kinesiology in 2001.

A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Linders and his wife Annette have two daughters, Kayla (10) and Kalani (5).

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