Jessica Cherry, who at one time was the only woman serving as a men’s assistant basketball coach in the NCAA, is Colby’s first full time associate athletic director with sole responsibilities as an administrator.
Cherry, the former associate athletic director of York College in Queens, N.Y earned distinction as the only female men's basketball assistant coach in all divisions of the NCAA when she started the position in 1996. She was promoted to assistant athletic director in 2006 and earned the title senior associate athletic director in February 2015.
Cherry, a New York City native, earned her B.S. bachelor's degree in health and physical education with emphasis on Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and an M.A in health and physical education from Tennessee Tech. She was a graduate assistant athletic trainer and worked with the NCAA Division I football and women's basketball programs.
Before her time at York College, Cherry was the sports coordinator for Queens County for the City of New York Parks and Recreation. She also was assistant to the president of the National Pro-Am City Leagues and was assistant supervisor for officials for the International Basketball League (IBL).
Cherry is an active member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the College Athletic Business Management Association, the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. She is a 2009 graduate of NACWAA/HERS, 2012 graduate of the NCAA Pathway Program and NACWAA Institute of Administrative Advancement. She has participated and has served as facilitator at several NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conferences.