What are the unique needs of student athletes and how can student affairs educators connect with campus partners in athletics to support athletes’ academic success? What resources can and should exist within and beyond athletics to support students’ wellness and mental health? How can departments form stronger partnerships to support athletes during their transition from high school to, during, and after their time on campus.

In this episode of Student Affairs Live, host Heather Shea connects with a panel of staff, faculty, and advisors to discuss campus supports for student athletes. Joining Heather are Gina Brouchard, Dr. Dariel “DT” Henry, Dr. Scott Hirko, Katie Weber-Hottleman, Preston Murphy, Derek Viveiros, and Mariah Whitbread-Hardman.

Please contribute to the conversation by emailing questions before the show to heather@higheredlive.com or by tweeting live during the show using the #higheredlive hashtag. We’ll do our best to incorporate questions from viewers (with attribution) into the live conversation.


Episode Host

Heather Shea

Heather Shea

Heather Shea's career in student affairs spans nearly two decades and five different campuses, and involves experience in many different functional areas including residence life, multicultural affairs, women’s centers, student activities, leadership development, and commuter/nontraditional student services–she identifies as a student affairs generalist. Heather is currently serving as the director of Women*s Student Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Michigan State University having just completed her Ph.D. in MSU's HALE (Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education) Program. She completed her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2000. Connect with Heather on Twitter at @heather_shea_


Dr. Dariel “DT” Henry

Dr. Dariel “DT” Henry is an Academic Advisor at Dean College where, in 2015, he implemented strategies that increased retention of football student athletes by 50% and helped them win the conference championship. He is also a professor of Criminal Justice & Sociology. In addition, DT earned his doctoral degree at Johnson and Wales University in Educational Leadership in 2016. (Pronouns: he/him/his)


Gina Bouchard

Gina Bouchard is an Athletic Academic Support Specialist at Northeastern University. She serves as the advisor for men’s and women’s track and field, Women’s Ice Hockey, and Men’s Soccer. Before Northeastern, Gina earned her master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Sport Management. While at Eastern, she served as an assistant advisor and tutor for men’s and women’s basketball and football. Gina graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont in 2013.


Mariah Whitbread-Hardman

Mariah Whitbread-Hardman holds an M.S. in Special Education from Simmons College, and a B.A. in Biology from Mount Holyoke College.  Prior to working at the post-secondary level, she worked for seven years as biology and chemistry teacher at Landmark High School, a high school for students diagnosed with language based learning disabilities.  In her current role as a Learning Disabilities Specialist at Northeastern University, she works primarily with students diagnosed with a learning disability and/or AD(H)D to both ensure they have equal access to the university’s academic experiences through accommodations and encourage academic growth through instruction on learning strategies.  In addition to working specifically with students diagnosed with learning disabilities, she also co-teaches a Learning Strategies Seminar during the summer in conjunction with the Student Athlete Support Services, which is specifically offered to incoming freshman athletes.  (Pronouns: she/her/hers)


Katie Weber-Hottleman

Katie Weber-Hottleman holds an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University, a B.A. in Sociology and English Language and Literature from Gordon College, and a certification in Post-Secondary Disability Services from the University of Connecticut.  In her role as a Learning Disability Specialist and Technology Coordinator at Northeastern University, she provides disability-related support services to students with learning disabilities, AD(H)D, and psychiatric disorders, ensuring students’ equitable participation in the academic experience. She also helps students understand their disabilities and the impact they have on students’ academic lives, offering one-on-one, specialized advising and instruction on academic skills, and other compensatory strategies specific to each student’s needs.  As the Technology Coordinator, she advises staff and students on technology for projects and accommodations, and she trains staff in the use of different accessibility programs.


Preston Murphy

Preston Murphy is an assistant coach at Creighton joining the Bluejay staff in June of 2015. Murphy spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach at Boston College, where he had previously been the program’s director of operations from 2006-10.  Prior to his return to BC, Murphy spent four years at his alma mater, the University of Rhode Island. He graduated from Rhode Island in 1999 with a degree in finance. He scored 1,218 points for the Rams while playing in four straight postseasons, including a run to the Elite Eight in 1998. He ranks among URI’s all-time leaders in three-point percentage, assists and steals.


Derek Viveiros

Derek Viveiros enters his eighth year as the Director of Athletics at Bristol Community College.  Since his arrival in 2010, the number of student-athletes at Bristol has seen a major increase, which can be attributed to a significant increase in student-athlete grade point average, the implementation of a student-athlete advising program, and academic monitoring. Viveiros is an assistant region director for the NJCAA Region XXI, the chair of the NJCAA Region XXI men’s soccer and serves on the Region XXI women’s basketball committee.  He is also a member of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). Viveiros is a 2005 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH where he earned a degree in sport management and 2010 graduate from American Public University where he earned a Master’s degree in sport management with a concentration in coaching.


Dr. Scott Hirko

Dr. Scott Hirko is an Assistant Professor for the Sport Management Program at Central Michigan University. He also serves as a consultant to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and is the project manager for its online database, Athletic & Academic Spending Database for NCAA Division I.  Hirko earned a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in September 2011. He helped to found the Commission for Recreation and Athletics in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).  From 2007-2010, he served two terms on the MSU Athletic Council, appointed by MSU president Lou Anna Simon. He previously worked in intercollegiate athletics administration for Central Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Olivet College, and for the West Coast Conference.