Rob McDermand came to SFA as the Director of Academic Student Services prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, and was promoted to the Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services in September 2012. McDermand oversees academic for all 17 of SFA varsity sports, and works directly with the Lumberjack football program.
Before arriving at SFA in July of 2011, McDermand spent two years working as an Academic Specialist at Lamar, supervising the academic needs of more than 100 student-athletes spread out over a dozen athletic teams. In addition to his advising duties, McDermand oversaw the Lamar Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was an active member of the Student Advising and Retention Services department, winning the university's 2011 Advisor of the Year award.
Prior to Lamar, McDermand spent two years as the Assistant Academic Resources Coordinator in the Student Athlete Support Services Office at Ohio State. In his role he coordinated tutoring and study services for student athletes while leading new academic project initiatives and organizational program evaluations. Additionally, Rob worked closely as a tutor with men's and women's basketball and women's softball, and was responsible for tracking and reporting the progress of more than 100 athletes on the football team.
McDermand spent the first six years of his career as the academic advisor and operations manager in the department of athletics at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. Responsible for all aspects of student academic success, McDermand helped to graduate all of the students he worked with, sent numerous student athletes into graduate schools and teacher's colleges throughout Canada and was an integral part of the Warriors' national championship appearance in 2005.
In addition to his collegiate experience, McDermand also spent two years with his country's national team working as the operations manager for Basketball Canada, helping the team prepare for the World Championship and Olympic qualifying tournaments, and twice as the operations manager for the annual Adidas Canadian High School All-Star game.
A native of Toronto, McDermand received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from the University of Waterloo in 2004 and 2006 and a Masters of Public Administration degree from Ohio State in 2009. He is currently pursuing an MBA in Finance and Economics at Stephen F. Austin.
Rob is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes (N4A), the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the Project Management Institute.