North Adams, MA- The MCLA Athletics department has announced Ryan Krzyzanwicz from the Biology department, as the new Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), effective immediately. The announcement comes off the heels of Dr. Tim Jay stepping down from the post that he held since 2005.
Krzyzanowicz hopes to continue to build upon the relationship between student athletes and the faculty at MCLA. One of the key roles of the FAR is to work directly with students in regards to academic progress and integrity. The NCAA defines the position as such:
"An FAR is a member of the faculty at an NCAA member institution. He or she has been designated by the institution to serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. Each institution determines the role of the FAR at that particular institution."
Articles 4, 5 and 6 of the NCAA Bylaws recognize the involvement of faculty athletics representatives in the organization, legislative authority and legislative process of the NCAA, and the important role of faculty athletics representatives in the local institutional control of intercollegiate athletics programs. Specifically, the NCAA Manuals indicate the following:
- Each member institution is required to appoint a faculty athletics representative. (NCAA Bylaw 6.1.3)
- Qualifications of those who may serve as faculty athletics representatives are described in NCAA Bylaw 6.1.3.
- The faculty athletics representative is recognized as the representative of the institution and its faculty in the relationship between the NCAA and the local campus. (NCAA Bylaw 4.02.2)
- The FAR is one of only five institutional representatives authorized to request an NCAA legislative interpretation on behalf of the institution.The chief executive officer, director of athletics, senior woman administrator and compliance coordinator (or their designate) are the other individuals permitted to do so. (NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1.2)
(Source: Faculty Athletics Representatives Handbook.)
Krzyzanowicz came to MCLA in the fall of 2011. Since his arrival on campus, he's been an integral part of the Athletic Training major serving as the Clinical Education Coordinator for the program. He also is an assistant professor within the Biology department. Krzyzanowicz alse serves on the college's curriculum and academic policies committees. During his time at MCLA he's also served on a variety of search committees for athletic related positions. He also serves as a site visitor for Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education (CAATE).