United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Alumna of the Year, China Jude, has been named the 2015 Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) for her outstanding achievements at Queens College in Flushing, NY.
Jude, who graduated from the Academy in 1996 with a Master of Sport Science Degree in Sports Management, has had a host of successes during her career with Queens College, including five conference championships, three regional championships, nine East Coast Conference (ECC) Coaches of the Year, five All-Americans, five ECC Players of the Year, four ECC Rookies of the Year, 15 All-Region Players, 148 All-ECC Players, 18 All-Met Players, and one National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) individual national cross country participant, the first ever in the school’s history.
Jude is currently the Assistant Vice President of Athletics at Queens College, the fourth largest NCAA Division II College in the country. She serves as the Executive Administrator of 19 varsity sports, two spirit groups, and a host of community recreation programs.
“I am overwhelmed that my work is being recognized,” she said. “I’m typically the one that hands out awards, I am not used to getting awards.”
As a matter of fact, the first award that Jude received was from the Academy in 2011, naming her the Alumna of the Year.
“I hold that award very close to me because the Academy is my family,” she said. “I will be accepting the Administrator of the Year Award in honor of my Queens College family.”
Jude attended the Academy when it still offered residential programs and looks back fondly on her involvement with the Academy.
“My experience with the Academy was great,” she said. “The professors were supportive and Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, President of the Academy, was engaging,” she said. “It made me think of athletics as a business.”
Jude’s career allows her to impact the lives of student athletes, engage a campus culture, involve alumni, and travel to deliver her testimony to the country.
“Sometimes I can’t believe that this is a career,” she said. “It is awesome!”
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.
The Academy is based in Daphne, Ala. For more information, call (251) 626-3303 or visit www.ussa.edu.