Eleven years after landing an internship in the NCAA Division I conference, the Elon alumnus takes on a new title and will continue to facilitate regular season Olympic sports events and championships.
What started as an internship continues to yield professional success for Elon alumnus Tom Waterman ’11.
After more than a decade of service to the Atlantic 10 Conference, Waterman has been promoted to assistant commissioner, according to a September 6 press release. In his new role, Waterman will continue to serve as the league’s primary administrator for Olympic sports regular season events and championships. In addition, his responsibilities include scheduling, overseeing trades, and managing and running championships, as well as managing conference signage and awards.
The Atlantic 10, widely known as the A-10, is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletics conference with 15 colleges and universities stretching from New England to the Southeast and Midwest in 22 sports. Since joining the league in 2011 as a communications intern, Waterman has held a variety of positions including assistant operations and director of operations. Most recently, he has spent the last three years as Senior Director of Championships.
“The most exciting part of the role is the ongoing opportunity to provide world-class championship experiences to the A-10 student-athletes and coaches,” said Waterman. “The A-10 was a great choice for me, both personally and professionally. In my 11 years here at A-10, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and gain significant experience in a profession I am truly passionate about.”
In the news announcement, A-10 flight attendant Bernadette V. McGlade applauded Waterman’s professionalism, dedication and contributions.
“Tom worked tirelessly throughout his tenure,” McGlade said. “His commitment to excellence has earned him the respect of his peers in the A-10 association, and his positive attitude and teamwork are an asset to our team. I congratulate you on this well-deserved promotion.”
As a graduate student at Elon studying media and entertainment arts, Waterman worked extensively at the Elon School of Communications and Athletics, serving as director of sports at WSOE 89.3, where he called games for the women’s basketball program. Additionally, he completed a media internship with the minor league baseball organization Greensboro Grasshoppers.
“My experiences at Elon really helped prepare me for the professional world in many ways,” said Waterman. “The opportunities offered to me at Elon through the School of Communications and the different student media organizations I was involved with gave me the ability to pursue my interests and develop relationships and skills that still benefit me today.”
Reflecting on his time under the oaks, Waterman tasked current students with leveraging the school’s programs and initiatives to gain real-world experience — not delay the process.
“I would encourage any student interested in pursuing a career in sport in any capacity to get involved early in their academic career and take advantage of the myriad opportunities available at Elon,” said Waterman.