Buffalo, NY - D'Youville College and the D'Youville Department of Athletics is proud to announce the promotion of Ona Halladay to Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Halladay spent the previous year as Associate Director of Athletics for the department and was Assistant Director of Athletics for the previous five. In addition to her role as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Halladay will continue her roles as Senior Woman Administrator, Compliance Director, and head coach of the softball team.
"In my six years at D'Youville I have been lucky enough to experience and play a significant role in every facet of intercollegiate athletic operations," said Halladay. "I have also built skills in terms of leadership and strategic planning through my involvement in developing a new college wide strategic planning process and being a member of the leadership council. I am excited for this new position and am passionate about the impact I can have on D'Youville and our athletes."
A key member of the department for years, Halladay has attended numerous Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) meetings and the NCAA Convention in addition to working closely with student-athletes, administration, and faculty. She is currently a member of the institution's Leadership Council and is a co-leader of their Strategic Planning Committee. Through her leadership she has helped lay the groundwork for future projects at D'Youville.
During her tenure at D'Youville, Ona has taken on a multitude of responsibilities within the athletics department. As Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), she has been the highest-ranking female in the athletic department since her hire in August of 2013. She has been and continues to be pivotal in making decisions within the department and maintaining equality. As Compliance Director, Ona helps enforce both school, conference, and NCAA policies and procedures.
In addition, Halladay has been crucial in managing the department's budget and finances, departmental planning and strategic initiatives. She has also spent her years growing into a management role when it comes to the coaching staff. Her role has also grown to working with faculty, staff, and administrators outside of athletics and leading the department with community service efforts.
With all her experience, Halladay is looking forward to putting her stamp on the department and helping the department progress to new heights.
"In the past fifteen or more years under the leadership of Brian Cavanaugh, the D'Youville Athletic Department has seen incredible growth and success," said Halladay. "My goal is to continue that growth and success. We have lots more to accomplish to move our department boldly forward along with the institution. We have amazing student-athletes that are becoming more involved and bought in. Their motto for this year is 'Champions are made here.' I intend to make sure that those words are true of all our current and future student-athletes on the field, in the classroom, and in life."
Not only has Ona been an extremely successful administrator, but her tenure as softball coach has been outstanding as well. Ona has made five postseason appearances in her previous six seasons in charge of the D'Youville softball program, coaching two AMCC regular season champions, hosting two AMCC playoffs, has been to two AMCC championship games, and has been AMCC Coach of the Year twice.
Prior to her time at D'Youville, Ona served as an assistant coach for the St. Bonaventure softball team. Under her guidance they had several players named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team. The team ranked 17th in the country in home runs during the 2011 season.
The experience that Halladay has extends from her inner workings of the department, but she understands the demands as a student-athlete as she was once one herself.
"I believe that my role as director of athletics gives me a great opportunity to provide a first-class college athletic experience to our student-athletes," she said. "Having been a student-athlete definitely provides me with an ability to relate to our athletes but I think more importantly it provides me with motivation to never stop improving our skills and mechanisms that can support our athletes."
As a player, Halladay excelled as she began her career at St. John's University where she was a two-year letter winner. She then moved onto Brockport where she was a two-time All-SUNYAC selection for the Golden Eagles and earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010.
In 2017, Halladay completed her Masters of Sports Administration from Canisius College while working full-time.
All the experience Ona has accrued throughout her professional and playing careers have helped pave the way for her promotion, a promotion she does not take lightly.
"Being named the next Director of Athletics at D'Youville is an absolute honor. I appreciate the opportunity that our President, Lorrie Clemo, and Vice President of Student Life, Randy Bowen, have given me. I am excited to continue to lead the athletic department in an innovative and strategic way."