Chris Dawson Joins Pac-10 Staff (8/2/01)

Aug. 2, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Chris Dawson has been named Assistant Commissioner for Olympic
Sports, Pacific-10 Conference Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Dawson will oversee the administration of Pac-10 championships for all Olympic sports and
administer the Conference's volleyball program. She also will coordinate the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Forum, as well as professional development opportunities for assistant coaches. In addition, Dawson will be responsible for the development of Pac-10 officiating programs in baseball and softball.

'We are delighted to add to our staff an administrator of Chris Dawson's experience and
ability,' Hansen said. 'Her colleagues throughout the Conference have enthusiastically endorsed her selection for this important new Pac-10 position. The expansion of Conference programs, especially the addition of the men's and women's basketball tournaments which start this year, has made it imperative we add personnel. Chris will help us maintain a high level of service to Pac-10 members.'

Prior to joining the Pac-10, Dawson spent 23 years at the University of California, serving as
Associate Athletic director for Sport Programs and Senior Women's Administrator for the past eight years. She was named Assistant Athletic Director for the Cal Women's Athletic Department in 1989, and was the Sports Information Director for the women's department from 1979-89.

Dawson has served as a member of the NCAA Strategic Planning Cabinet, the NCAA Soccer
Rules Committee and the NCAA Woman of the Year Committee. In her role as Cal Senior Women's Administrator, she has been a member of the Pac-10 Council, acting as Vice President in 2000-01. She will become a member of the NCAA Championships and Competition Cabinet Sept. 1.

Dawson is a 1975 honors graduate of the University of Virginia, where she was a
student-athlete in basketball.

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PAC-10 CONFERENCE -- Named Chris Dawson Assistant Commissioner for Olympic Sports.

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