Castiglione announces new Associate AD

Oklahoma AD moves fast to fill void left by retirement of Marita Hynes

NORMAN, Okla. - Stephanie Rempe, who spent the last five years as associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at Texas-El Paso, has been named to the same position at the University of Oklahoma. She will fill the vacancy created when Marita Hynes announced her retirement earlier this spring.

"As I've said many times, the strength and success of our athletic program correlates directly with the quality of our people. In hiring Stephanie Rempe we're adding what many have called a rising star in athletics administration," said OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione.

"We're excited to have Stephanie join the Sooner family. She brings a level of enthusiasm that fits our passion perfectly. Her peers and many national leaders respect her perspective which has developed through a wealth of unique experiences from her years as a student-athlete at the University of Arizona to her professional growth as an associate AD and senior woman administrator."

"Her experience in the communities in which she lived as well as on a national level will also serve our coaches, staff and student-athletes well. She has demonstrated her ability to bring people together, focus them on the reaching the desired objectives and engendering respect all along the way."

Rempe said many positives drew her to Norman. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for the University of Oklahoma," she said. "The incredible winning tradition, fantastic facilities and the first-class group of coaches and administrators are second to none. Marita has done an amazing job and her shoes will be tough to fill. I look forward to the challenge of working for a university of this caliber, getting to know the coaches and student-athletes and continuing to build off of the success of Sooner Athletics."

At UTEP, Rempe oversaw volleyball, women's basketball, rifle, women's golf, softball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country, women's tennis, women's soccer, cheerleaders, football internal operations, the NCAA Champs/Lifeskills Program, sports medicine center and the strength and conditioning program.

Rempe functions as the liaison between the WAC, NCAA and UTEP in conjunction with the Director of Athletics and Faculty Athletic Representative. She serves on the WAC Council, the WAC Legislative Review Committee, the WAC Basketball Task Force and the WAC Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund Committee. She is a member of the NCAA Peer Review Team, which entails visiting other institutions to evaluate their NCAA certification process. Serving as a senior staff member she assists in developing and presenting a balanced athletic budget and maintaining the athletic department strategic plan.

Rempe assisted with each athletic arena's facility enhancements and recently functioned as the liaison between the athletic department staff, the architects and the contractors for the construction of the 65,000 square foot Larry K. Durham Sports Center, which opened in August, 2002. She created and implemented a UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame Board and the inaugural UTEP Athletic Hall of Fame induction class in the fall of 2002, which will continue to recognize the strong tradition of UTEP Athletic history.

She maintains the progress of the Gender Equity plan for athletics and oversaw the addition of softball as a UTEP sport. She has created a women's mentoring program for female student-athletes and implemented the National Girls and Women in Sports Celebration. She is the executive producer and co-host of a weekly television show the Miner Sports Weekly. Overseeing student-athlete services, she created and now oversees the athletic department's SUCCESS/Life Skills program, which implements numerous programs for student-athletes that include academic enhancement and recognition, athletic enhancement, career planning, community outreach, diversity education and personal development.

Rempe arrived in El Paso from the University of Arizona, her alma mater, where she served as a Senior Program Coordinator. While in the UA athletics department she helped develop and implemented a large-scale, comprehensive public relations campaign for Arizona Athletics, facilitated a Wildcat Club Tailgate program for donor cultivation and coordinated the Arizona Alumni Letterwinners' Association ("A" club). A former student-athlete for the Wildcats, Rempe cultivated relationships with former letterwinners through publications, reunions, tailgates and sporting events. She also developed programs to educate current student-athletes about the effects of fund-raising, donations, planned giving and scholarship fund solicitations.

A recipient of a bachelor's degree in business administration from Arizona, Rempe later earned her master's degree from U of A in sports administration. She was a four-year letterwinner on the Arizona volleyball team.

Rempe is a member of several organizations, including the NACWAA, UTEP Women's Auxillary, YMCA Snow Project Board, Ronald McDonald Capitol Campaign, Junior League of El Paso, A-Club, El Paso's KAO Alumni Chapter, El Paso Arizona Alumni Club. She begins her OU duties July 1, 2003.

Sooners Illustrated Top Stories