Tanya Vogel




Tanya Vogel, Director of Athletics

Tanya Vogel is a 25 year intercollegiate athletics professional including 15 years as a head and assistant coach, six years as a senior administrator and three years in her current role.

The Department of Athletics is grounded in the values of determination, commitment and respect. The department strives to bring pride, admiration and loyalty to the students, alumni, faculty and staff of the institution.

Focus areas include:

  • Student-athlete development
  • Leadership development
  • Core competency development
  • Athletic training and competition
  • Athletics events
  • Campus life, student engagement
  • Alumni and community engagement


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Key Functions



Chandra Bierwirth

Athletics Compliance

Chandra Bierwirth, Associate Athletics Director - Compliance

Athletics Compliance is responsible for:

  • Rules compliance and eligibility for student-athletes
  • Primary liaison with Admissions, GW Housing, GWorld Office, Office of Student Financial Assistance and the certifying officers in schools
  • Policies and procedures that affirm institutional control, a key component of NCAA membership, and institutional certification





Brian Sereno

Athletics Communications

Brian Sereno, Associate Athletics Director - Athletics Communications

Athletics Communications is responsible for:

  • Liaison between the Department of Athletics and the media inside and outside the university community
  • Official Athletics website:
  • Television coordination, broadcast management
  • Historical record keeping



Jennifer Montgomery

Athletics Development

Jennifer Montgomery, Executive Director - Athletics Development

Athletics Development is responsible for:

  • The Buff and Blue Fund: the fundraising arm for the Athletics Department
  • Cultivating, soliciting and stewarding members of the community



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James Hellekjaer

Educational Support Services

James Hellekjaer, Associate Athletics Director - Educational Support Services

Educational Support Services is responsible for:

  • Core competency development, academic support and advising, tutoring, career preparation, leadership development and community service for student-athletes
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion programming



Andy Ruge

External Operations

Andy Ruge, Senior Associate Athletics Director - External Operations 

External Operations is responsible for:

  • Overseeing, managing and executing marketing, promotions, ticketing and sales strategy for the Department of Athletics 
  • Primary revenue production for the department





Financial Management

Jihad Ali, Associate Athletics Director - Business Administration

Financial Management is responsible for:

  • Purchasing, payments, deposits, budget control, financial reporting and athletic equipment inventory management. 
  • Facilitating independent auditors and the Office of Financial Reporting and Analysis to satisfy the NCAA annual audit requirements.
  • Providing data necessary to complete annual reporting to the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Department of Education, the Internal Revenue Service and to local governments.




Chris Hennelly



Health, Well-being and Human Performance

Chris Hennelly, Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Health, Well-being and Performance

Health, Well-being and Human Performance is responsible for:

  • Oversees all health, well-being and human performance aspects of intercollegiate programs, including sports medicine and strength & conditioning
  • Insurance related matters




Danya Ellman

Internal Operations

Danya Ellman, Associate Athletics Director - Internal Operations

Internal Operations is responsible for:

  • Collaboration with different administrative offices across the university including Student Affairs, Safety and Security and Human Resources
  • Policy and procedures coordination, oversight and management
  • Liaising with Human Resources on talent management and onboarding practices; program development and implementation specific to organizational culture, staff leadership training; diversity, equity, and inclusion programming; student-athlete discipline in coordination with Student Rights and Responsibilities, and student leadership development and programming (SAAC and LEAAP)








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Every head coach is responsible for oversight of their program: including creating, promoting and maintaining a culture rooted in the values of determination, commitment and respect; recruitment of academically qualified and athletically talented student-athletes, team coaching, individual player development; creating a strategic vision for progress within the program in alignment with the resources and support; and for running a program that is compliant with university, department, NCAA and A-10 (or other conference) rules.

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Contact the Director of Athletics

[email protected] • 202-994-5558

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