Sharon Sexton
Sharon Sexton
Title: Associate Director of Physical Education & Athletics - Senior Woman Administrator
Phone: 503-768-7073
Email: sextons@lclark.edu
Hometown: Centerville, Mass.
Previous College: St. Bonaventure University (BA), Ashland University (M.Ed.)

Sharon Sexton joined the Lewis & Clark staff in 2007 and currently serves as Associate Director of Physical Education & Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator.

Sexton is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of internal administrative operations for the Pioneers.  This includes serving as the NCAA compliance officer accountable for initial and continuing eligibility, playing and practice season oversight, compliance reporting and ongoing education. Sexton also oversees student-athlete academic support and welfare and serves as a conduit between the department and numerous offices on campus. Sexton works closely with the Director of Athletics to lead the administrative team and coaching staff relative to budget management, long and short term strategic planning, policy development and individual program oversight and evaluation.

As the department liaison to Human Resources Sexton manages departmental staffing to include full time administrators, support staff, head and assistant coaches, adjunct faculty and student employees. To date Sexton has served as either the committee chair or committee member responsible for the hiring of 16 full-time staff members.

Sexton also oversees all aspects of the physical education program, which is a part of the general education requirements of all undergraduate students. This includes budget management, ongoing programmatic evaluation, curriculum development, class scheduling, coordination with off campus class sites and personnel management of adjunct faculty and department staff.

Since arriving at Lewis & Clark Sexton has served as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Under her guidance, the Pioneer SAAC was one of the first NCAA institutions to develop a strong partnership with the Special Olympics. Since 2011 Lewis & Clark SAAC has raised and donated over $16,000 to Special Olympics of Oregon.  Additionally, the student-athletes of SAAC put on, or are involved in 20 plus events and average approximately 3000 community service hours per year.

She is responsible for the compilation and submission of the NCAA Sport Sponsorship and Demographic Report, Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) Report, NCAA Financial Report, NCAA Graduation Rate Survey (GSR), NCAA Graduation Rate Report, Title IX Gender Equity Report, NCAA/NWC Strategic Initiatives Grant, as well as the Northwest Conference Missed Class Time Report and the Annual Department Assessment Report.  She has also assisted in the compilation of the NCAA Institutional and NWC Self Study.

Active at the Northwest Conference level, Sexton has been the athletic administrator liaison for the Men’s and Women’s Golf coaches since 2010. She has served as NWC Tournament Director for the Men’s & Women’s Golf Fall Classic in 2009 & 2013, as well as the NWC Championship in 2010. Currently, she is a member of the NWC Scheduling Committee, serves as the NWC Senior Woman Administrator and will be assisting in the formation of the first NWC Women’s Rowing Coaches Committee and Conference Championship.

Sexton has represented the Pioneers at the national level as the institution’s delegate at the NCAA Convention since 2008. In 2013 Sexton was selected to serve as a member of the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing Committee.  She has also been a member of the NADIIIAA/Jostens Community Service Award Selection Committee since 2011.

Outside of the Athletic Department, Sexton currently serves as a member of the Student Support Network, Student Life Assessment Committee, Conduct Stakeholder Committee, College Review Board, Sexual Misconduct Review Board and is a Title IX/Sexual Assault Campus Investigator. In the past she has been a member of the Judicial Affairs Policy Task Force, Sexual Assault Prevention Program Planning Committee, Facilities & Physical Location Committee, Wellness Strategic Planning Committee, Presidential Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a member of the Vehicle Pool Task Force.

Prior to Lewis & Clark, Sexton spent eight years at Otterbein (College) University, a Division III institution in Westerville, Ohio, where she served as the Head Women's Volleyball and Head Women's Golf Coach as well as an instructor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences.

A successful coach on both the volleyball court and the golf course at Otterbein, Sexton is currently ranked 12th among present and former volleyball coaches in the Ohio Athletic Conference in career win percentage. Five athletes who played under Sexton hold 10 separate OAC season or career records. Her volleyball teams continually found success in the classroom, where they were recognized for seven consecutive years by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as Team Academic Award Winners. Sexton also coached the first volleyball Academic All-American and NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner at Otterbein during her tenure.

When hired in 1999, Sexton was also given the responsibility of starting the women's golf program. Building the program from scratch, her teams were consistently ranked among the top 25 nationally winning 43 team and 29 individual championships including four straight OAC titles (2003-2006). Sexton coached 21 first team All-Conference performers, 10 Academic All Conference performers, eight National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All American Scholars, and one three time ESPN the Magazine All District performer. She was a four-time OAC Women's Golf Coach of the Year selection, earning the honor in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006.

Prior to accepting the position at Otterbein Sexton spent two years as an assistant volleyball coach at NCAA Division II Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. 

A student-athlete at NCAA Division I St. Bonaventure University, located in Olean, New York. Sexton was a four-year letter-winner and team captain of the volleyball team competing at both the middle and outside hitter positions.  She was also an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and volunteered for four years in the Big Brother/Big Sister program “Bona Buddies.”

Sexton completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English 1996 with minors in both Spanish and Psychology. While an assistant at Ashland University, Sexton completed her Master's Degree in Education in 1999 with a concentration in Sport Education.

A native of Centerville, Massachusetts, Sexton was a three-sport varsity athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball in high school and was inducted into the Barnstable High School Athletic Hall of Fame in November 2008.