Salem College President, Dr. Summer McGee, announced on Wednesday, August 4th, that Jacquelyn Jeanne “JJ” Antoine was named as the Director of Athletics, Recreation & Physical Education for Salem Academy and College after a national search.
Antoine joins the Salem College staff after serving as the Assistant Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at the State University of New York at Oswego since 2018. She was primarily responsible for game management of the Lakers’ 24 varsity sports, coordinating in-game promotions at home athletic events. Antoine also served as the oversight for athletic scheduling of Oswego’s five fields, two gyms and two athletic facilities.
Along with her day-to-day responsibilities at SUNY Oswego, Antoine coordinated in-game promotions and social media campaigns in order to further engage community members and sponsors. She also collaborated with on-campus groups at SUNY Oswego, including Club Sports, Campus Recreation and Student Payroll to reach daily needs of those entities.
Antoine’s career at SUNY Oswego was highlighted by hosting the first-round pod of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Division III Men’s Basketball Championship, first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship and helping to produce the most successful men’s soccer single-season record since 1995.
Antoine began her collegiate athletic career at Ithaca College, where she served as the Facility, Event Setup & Team Travel Specialist from January 2016 through June 2018. In that role she oversaw the event operation for six athletic programs (field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse, track and field). Antoine also coordinated all travel for the athletic program with bus and hotel reservations and managed the game day set up at the respective facilities.
In addition to her professional experiences, Antoine took part in the 2021 Women Leaders in College Sports President/Search Firm Roundtable Event along with the 2020 Women Leaders in College Sports Leadership Enhancement Institute.
Antoine earned her bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke, located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 2011. She received her master of education in physical education, with a concentration in athletic administration, from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 2020.