Donna DeMarco named COO at American Athletic Conference
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.DeMarco has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the AAC office and is the primary liaison and administrator to its 13 member institutions.
AAC press release, 7-5-17
PROVIDENCE, R.I., 7-5-17 – American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced the appointment of senior associate commissioner Donna DeMarco as the league’s Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1, 2017.
As senior associate commissioner of administration, DeMarco has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the Conference office and its 30-plus staff members and is the primary liaison and administrator to its 13 member institutions. She assists Commissioner Aresco with the overall administration and management of all conference matters, and oversees the fiscal, legal, human resources and business affairs of The American. She also works with the Commissioner and the Conference’s chief financial officer in constructing the league’s annual operating budget.
"Donna is a valued and respected member of my American senior staff and this recognition reflects her key role in the growth and success of the Conference,” said Aresco. "Her many years of experience as a senior administrator make her an important resource for our Conference and its member institutions. She will be a key figure as we continue to build and enhance The American’s brand.”
Before assuming her current role in 2010 as senior associate commissioner, DeMarco served as the Associate Commissioner for Administration from 2009-10. From 2006-09, she was the Associate Commissioner for Basketball and Sport Administration following 10 years (1996-2006) as the Associate Commissioner for Sport Administration, where she oversaw the operational and governance matters for 23 conference sports. She began her career as an administrative assistant in public relations and championships before being promoted to Director of Championship Operations, and subsequently was named Assistant Commissioner for Championships.
DeMarco served a three-year term on the NCAA Division I Administration Cabinet – which was responsible for addressing governance issues, the Division I membership process and all committee selections – from 2013-15. She also was a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee from 1999-2003, serving as chair from 2000-03.