Summit League Announces Staff Promotions

Summit League Announces Staff Promotions

ELMHURST, Ill. – Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple announced the promotion of two current staff members and the full-time hiring of another Wednesday. The staff changes are effective immediately.

Angie Torain was promoted to Associate Commissioner of Administrative Services, Matthew Boyer was promoted to Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Stephanie Sabaduquia was hired to a full-time role as Assistant Director of Communications.

“We are pleased with the performance of our entire staff at The Summit League,” said Douple. “The promotions of Angie and Matt are well earned and with the reorganization of duties, we are positioned to better serve our membership. Stephanie’s hiring into a full-time position reflects her performance and completes our communications staffing needs as we move forward.”

Torain moves into her new role with an emphasis on the areas of academic services, certification, compliance reviews, Faculty Athletic Representatives (FARs), strategic planning, sport regulations and championships. In her role the past year as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance, Torain oversaw all aspects of the league’s compliance program and served as the primary administrator for several championships and sport committees. She came to The Summit League after serving as Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at member institution IUPUI from 2007-11. Prior to her tenure at IUPUI, Torain was NCAA Assistant Director of Championships from 2006-07. She is in her second stint with The Summit League after having spent 2002-06 as Associate Commissioner for Institutional Services/Championship Administrator and as the league's Senior Woman Administrator. Prior to her original term with The Summit League, Torain worked in the NCAA Enforcement department as the Assistant Director of Enforcement/Secondary Violations and at the Horizon League as Director of Compliance. She earned her B.A. in sociology from DePauw University in 1994, while participating in basketball and track and field, and later received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana in 1997.

Boyer is in his third year with The Summit League after serving the previous two as the Assistant Director of Compliance & Administration. Within his new role as Assistant Commissioner for Compliance he will oversee all aspects of the League’s compliance program while continuing to oversee the development of League schedules in team sports and serving as the League’s primary administrator for the sports of swimming and diving and baseball.  In addition, Boyer will also continue to serve as the League’s contact for the National Letter of Intent program, provide rules education and interpretations to member institutions, and conduct compliance reviews for member institutions.  Prior to joining the Summit League, Boyer earned his Juris Doctorate Degree (J.D.) at the Valparaiso University School of Law.  During the same period, Boyer also served as an intern in the Valparaiso University athletics’ compliance office in addition to assisting the Illinois State University compliance office.   Boyer previously earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Sport Management from Webber International University in Babson Park, FL, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team.        

Sabaduquia was elevated to a full-time position as Assistant Director of Communications after serving the prior two years as Communications Assistant. Her responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of the league communications, including social media and website production while serving as the primary contact for five sports. In addition, she will aid league championship efforts both in office and on-site. Prior to The Summit League, Sabaduquia spent two years as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University, where she earned her master's degree in sport administration in 2009. In 2006-07, she was the assistant volleyball and softball coach and assistant sports information director at Illinois College. Sabaduquia graduated magna cum laude from North Park University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and was a four-year letterwinner for the volleyball team.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: IPFW (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City), the University of Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota State University, Oakland University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit www.thesummitleague.org.

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