The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) consistently produces talented and impressive alumni, so it’s no surprise the conference’s latest search for a new assistant director resulted in the hiring of a former MIAC student-athlete. Gustavus Adolphus College graduate Megan Gaard – a two-sport athlete during her college career – joined the conference office staff on Aug. 1, 2013.
Gaard, who played tennis and basketball during her days as a Gustie, joins the MIAC staff thanks to a two-year position funded by the NCAA Division III Women and Ethnic Minority Internship Grant. During her two years, she will be involved in all aspects of running the conference, and will be able to draw on her previous experience within the league.
Gaard’s specific tasks will include planning the MIAC’s second Student-Athlete Leadership Conference, advising the conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), strategic planning, sports information, social media, championship event management and compliance. Gaard offers tremendous insight and perspective to the assistant director role thanks to her recent experiences as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.
Gaard joins the MIAC staff after a year as a men’s and women’s assistant tennis coach at the University of Chicago. In addition to her coaching and recruiting responsibilities, Gaard also worked with event management, promotions, program finances, community service and alumni involvement. Gaard has also worked as a junior tennis instructor, a USTA match official and created her own reports on Gustavus athletics as a sports reporter for GAC TV.
The former Gustie tennis star received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from Gustavus in 2012. She was a four-year letter winner while helping Gustavus capture three MIAC regular-season championships and an additional three MIAC Playoff title. Gaard served as a Gustie team captain and earned a number of accolades for her performance on the court and in the classroom, including All-American, All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors. She also participated in the Student-Athlete Volunteer Educators program, helping to develop the FAME mentoring program.
An Edina, Minn., native, Gaard also played basketball for two seasons at Gustavus. She currently resides in Edina, Minn.