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Joanne Renn

  • E-mail: jrenn@vwc.edu ; Phone: 757-455-5723
  • Selected as Virginia Wesleyan College's Athletic Director in December 2007
  • Received her master's degree in Human Resource Management from Alabama's Troy State University in 1999
  • One of the six originial female athletic scholarship recipients at Old Dominion University, where she played basketball and tennis and received a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1976; also studied at James Madison University
  • 2013-14 marks her 19th year at VWC, where she has held a variety of responsibilities, ranging from coaching to raising funds for the athletic department
  • Serving as the President of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference from 2012 through 2014
  • Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, effective December 2013 for a four-year term
  • Instrumental in winning the NCAA's bid for the 2004 and 2005 Division III national women's basketball championship tournament, which was hosted by VWC
  • Served as VWC's tournament director for the 2013 NCAA Division III Field Hockey championships
  • Began her career at VWC as the head women's tennis coach in 1995, a position she held through 1999
  • Served VWC as the head women's basketball coach from 1997 through 2003
  • Former teacher and head girls' basketball coach at Norfolk Academy, where her teams compiled a 250-128 record and won two conference championships and two tournament titles
  • Former girls tennis coach at Norfolk Academy, where she led her teams to a 107-10 dual match record and seven consecutive Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools championships; also coached tennis four years at The Saint Edward's School in Vero Beach, Florida, prior to her stint at Norfolk Academy
  • Graduate of Virginia Beach's Frank W. Cox High School
  • Currently serving as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference President
  • Current member of the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Committee
  • Member of the Hampton Roads Hall of Fame Committee and the Virginia Beach Sports Grant Committee
  • Former member of the NCAA Nominating Committee
  • Former member of the board of the Hampton Roads Sports Facility Authority
  • Accomplished wood-wind musician
  • Avid hiker and climber who has ascended 48 North American peaks, including Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, and the highest point in the USA, Mount Whitney
  • Has backpacked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and the Colorado Trail and completed her trek through the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) in northwestern Spain in June 2013

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