Alyssa Gates is in her 12th year as the Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, and her 13th at Marist College.
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 approximately 600 student-athletes at Marist College.
In each of her years 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, In the 2010-11 school year, a school-record four Marist student-athletes earned Academic All-American honors. In 2013 and 2014, Marist won the MAAC GoodWorks Challenge, which measures hours dedicated to community service.
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 also served as a graduate assistant field hockey coach for Kutztown.
Gates is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) She serves on the N4A's LGBT Committee, and just completed a two-year term as Region 1 Director, overseeing N4A members from Maine to Maryland. In June 2011, she was awarded N4A’s Professional Promise Award.
In April 2013, Marist’s academic support program for student-athletes received program certification from the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). This designation included a campus visit from an N4A consultant who determined that the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement met industry standards for providing support and services to its student-athletes.
In July 2010, Gates completed Sport in Society's Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) Training for Gender Violence Prevention & Education at Northeastern University. She has served as an adjunct instructor in Psychology and currently teaches Physical Education.
Gates is a cum laude graduate of Mansfield University 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 Highland with her wife, Katie.