CSU-Pueblo names Valerio Associate Director of Athletics

PUEBLO, Colo. (GoThunderWolves.com - April 22, 2013) - Former Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Director of Compliance Danielle Valerio has accepted a position with the Colorado State University-Pueblo Department of Athletics as the department's Associate Athletic Director.  She resigned from the RMAC today, effective April 26.

"It has been a positive growing experience for me since I started at the RMAC as an intern,” said Valerio of her time at the RMAC. “Thank you to the conference membership and the conference office staff for being a wonderful group to work for and alongside.  With this new opportunity, I look forward to becoming a part of the CSU-Pueblo team."

Valerio joined the conference office in August 2009 after spending a year as the conference intern for internal operations and compliance.  In her four years with the conference office, Valerio oversaw compliance, payroll for more than 600 officials, the officials website, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and she assisted in conference scheduling.  Valerio also served on several conference committees, including competition committee and officials committee.

“Danielle has grown significantly since her days as an intern, and then as the director of compliance for the RMAC,” said RMAC Commissioner Joel R. Smith.  “She will be an excellent addition to the CSU-Pueblo team.  We will miss her.”

Aside from serving as the conference intern for internal operation from 2008-09, Valerio also completed an internship at CSU-Pueblo in which she assisted the department in games management and served as a liaison between the personnel of the visiting team and the officiating crews of home games.

In December 2006, Valerio received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology and Leisure Science. She also received a Master of Arts degree in Human Performance and Physical Education in May 2009. Both degrees were earned from Adams State. She had completed graduate courses while serving as a graduate assistant of facilities at UC-Colorado Springs from 2007-2008.

As Associate Athletic Director, she will manage CSU-Pueblo's compliance office, serve as its Senior Woman Administrator, manage the department's student development as well as the CSU-Pueblo Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Valerio will officially begin her duties at CSU-Pueblo next week.  

Valerio replaces Niki Whitaker, who resigned the same position in March to become the Marketing and Communications Assistant in the Colorado State University-Pueblo Department of External Affairs.