Alyssa Gates is in her sixth year as the Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, and her seventh with the Marist department of athletics. In her position, she oversees the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement, including the assistant director and the academic advisement fellow. She is responsible for the academic monitoring and the continuing eligibility of more than 550 student-athletes at Marist College. In each of her first five seasons at Marist, the Red Foxes have led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll each year. In the 2009-10 school year, a school-record 18 of her student-athletes were named Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine as selected by CoSIDA, while two were named Academic All-Americans. While earning her master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Kutztown University, Gates was a graduate assistant in the advising center where she worked with students who were on academic probation. She gave the keynote address at Windsor (N.Y.) High School's National Girls and Women in Sports Day event, delivering a presentation entitled "Taking It to the Next Level: Planning For and Achieving Success as a College Athlete and Beyond". Gates also was a panelist at Freshmen Student-Athlete Orientation at her alma mater, Mansfield University (Pa.). Gates is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She serves on the N4A's LGBT Committee, and was recently appointed to the N4A Finance Committee. In July 2010, she completed Sport in Society's Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Training for Gender Violence Prevention & Education. She also serves as an adjunct instructor of Psychology in Marist's school of Social and Behavioral Science. Gates is a cum laude graduate of Mansfield with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. During her time there, she played four years of field hockey, serving as captain her senior season. She currently resides in Hyde Park.