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Stratton Foster Academic Center
Vanderbilt University
Department of Student Athletics
2601 Jess Neely Drive (McGugin Center)
Nashville, TN 37212
615.343.0444 (p)
615.343.1846 (f)
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Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth WrightDirector of Academic Support and Academic Counselor
B.A. in American Studies, University of Virginia;
M.F.A. in Writing and Literature, University of Virginia.

Has worked as a textbook, science and medical editor in Charlottesville and New York City, and as a grant writer for the University of Virginia and VU Medical Centers . . . Has written a novel and has published two books of nonfiction as well as two dozen articles and short stories . . . Writing tutor in 25 subjects at Vanderbilt . . . Has worked in the Stratton Foster Academic Center since September 1999 as a tutor, Tutor Coordinator, Academic Counselor, Writing Specialist, and most recently Director of Academic Support.

Team: Football

Nate Bell

Associate Director
B.A. in Psychology, Wabash College;
M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology/Sport Administration, Ball State University.
Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Vanderbilt University

Has previously worked in the Athletic Academic Support Offices at the University of Illinois and Ball State University . . . Was a four-year member of the Wabash College basketball team, earning various athletic and academic awards . . . Lives in Nashville with his wife, Sunny, and daughters, Charlotte and Isla.

Teams: Baseball, Men’s Golf and Women’s Golf

Neal Clark

Neal ClarkAssistant Director
B.A. in Social Work, University of Kentucky;
M.S.W. in Social Work, University of Kentucky

Has worked in academic advising at James Madison University, University of Kentucky, and University of Minnesota . . . Four-year member of University of Kentucky’s football program . . . Broke the single season reception record and finished career in the top 10 in 4 offensive categories . . . From Paducah, Kentucky

Teams: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Bowling, Swimming

Dawnyell Fletcher

Dawnyell FletcherAssistant Director
Learning Specialist

Director of Tutoring

B.S. in Business Administration, University of Arkansas;
M.S. in Sport and Leisure Commerce, University of Memphis

Has previously worked in Athletic Academic Support offices at the University of Memphis, NC State University, and University of South Carolina … Four-year member of the University of Arkansas track and field team, earning All-American and various academic honors …. Originally from Atkins, Arkansas

Brittni Hamilton

Academic Counselor
B.S. in Human Organization and Development, Vanderbilt University;

M.S. in Sports Administration, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Four year member of the Vanderbilt University Women’s Bowling team earning All-American and Academic All-American honors… Previously working in admissions at DeVry University as well as in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Athletics Academic Support Office… Originally from Webster, New York.

Teams: Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Soccer

Eugene Henderson

Eugene Henderson

Assistant Director
B.S. in Health and Exercise Science, Middle Tennessee State University;
M.S. in Sport Management, Middle Tennessee State University.

Prior to joining the Academic Support team, Eugene worked in the Vanderbilt Athletics Ticket Office and currently serves on the Vanderbilt Athletics Diversity Committee . . . from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Team: Football


Max-Maurice Martin

Max-Maurice MartinAssistant Director
B.S. in Criminal Justice, South Carolina State University;
M.A. in Criminal Justice, Tennessee State University.

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina. . . . Has previously worked as a Crisis Counselor at the Oasis Center . . . Married to Kimberly Martin and has a son, Mason.

Team: Lacrosse


Morgan Roche

Academic Counselor
B.A. in Psychology, Quinnipiac University;
M.A. in Education, Quinnipiac University.

Originally from Clifton Park, NY…ran Cross Country and Track at Quinnipiac University, earning multiple academic and athletic honors…Before joining the Academic Support team at Vanderbilt, Morgan served as an Athletic Academic Services Intern at Clemson University, working both as an Academic Advisor and an Assistant Tutor Coordinator.

Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Track and Field

Sara Sanders

Academic Counselor
B.S. in Psychology, Virginia Tech University;
M.A. in Community Counseling, UNC Charlotte.

Four year member of the Virginia Tech swim team…Previously worked at UNC Charlotte as an Acadmeic Advisor for men’s/womne’s tennis, men’s/women’s soccer, baseball, softball and  served as G.O.L.D. Coordinator…Lives in Nashville with husband, Ian, son, Maddox and dog, Wrigley…from Franklin, TN.


Team: Football

Alison Wenzel

Assistant Athletic Director for Student Development
B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Florida;
M.S. in Sport Management, University of Florida.

Alison joined the Life Skills team in October 2006 . . . Was previously the Assistant Director of Marketing for Vanderbilt Athletics . . . Originally from Jacksonville, FL . . . Enjoys spending her free time with husband, Justin, and her two children, Calla and Casey.

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Important Dates

February 1 -Internship Application Due
February 20 - Summer 2017 Classes Available in YES
March 4-12 - Spring Break
March 13 - Fall 2017 Classes Available in YES
March 17 - Last Day to Withdraw from Class

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