Just over a month after hiring Damon Evans as its full-time athletic director, the University of Maryland has filled the deputy AD spot with another in-house hire. Evans announced Colleen Sorem as the school’s new Deputy Athletic Director on Monday.
It’s hardly a surprise, as Sorem had served as the interim deputy AD since October 2017, when Kevin Anderson went on “sabbatical” and Evans moved from the deputy position to the interim AD position. Sorem has been at Maryland since 2014, when she was hired as the Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations. She was later promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations—where she had direct oversight of business operations, facilities and events, human resources, and information technology—before moving into her now-full-time position.
Sorem’s second-in-command role comes with the responsibility of overseeing day-to-day operations of the athletic department. She will also serve as CFO, managing the department’s $94 million budget.
Sorem graduated from James Madison University in 2000 and obtained her masters from Alabama in 2002. She began her career at UMass-Lowell and then spent four years at Florida Gulf Coast. Her role at both schools included monitoring day-to-day operations of the athletic department budget. Prior to Maryland, Sorem was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Operations at Towson University.
“Colleen is a rising star in the collegiate sports industry and she is more than deserving of this promotion,” Evans said in Maryland’s release. “Colleen has done outstanding work since joining our staff at Maryland, demonstrating strong leadership qualities and a keen eye for business operations as well as a broad-based understanding of the world of intercollegiate athletics. I am confident that her innovative thinking and passion for Maryland will lead to great success in this role.”