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We prepare student-athletes to become leaders and champions in life by placing the highest values on integrity, character, sportsmanship and victory.

Balancing academic success, athletic competition, and personal growth along with student life can be very challenging for the student-athlete. The Student-Athlete Development Program represents the comprehensive commitment by the Vanderbilt Athletic Department to foster the total growth and development of our student-athletes.

We Are Committed  To:

Personal Development

Career Development

Community Service

Leadership Development


Meet the Staff

Alison Wenzel

Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development / O: 615-343-5463

Alison Wenzel started working in Student-Athlete Development as the Life Skills Coordinator in October of 2006. In June 2016, Wenzel was promoted to the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development. She oversees all Career Development, Personal Development and Community Outreach initiatives for all men and women sports teams. Prior to joining Student-Athlete Development, Wenzel served as Vanderbilt Athletics Assistant Director of Marketing. Wenzel earned her bachelors’ and masters degree from The University of Florida in Exercise and Sport Sciences.

Katelen watkins

Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Development / O: 615-343-1962

Katelen Robertson joined the Vanderbilt University Athletics Department  in January 2017 where she served as a graduate intern for Student-Athlete Development. In July 2017 she was hired as the Student-Athlete Development Coordinator where she is responsible for coordinating community outreach opportunities, career and personal development programs, as well as managing and maintaining the departments social media platforms and website. Robertson earned her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Exercise Science and masters degree from Belmont University in Sports Administration.