Jacki Silar was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Athletics on July 1, 2013 and has served as the associate director of athletics for sports programs and senior woman administrator since 1998. Previously, Silar was the assistant athletics director for sports programs/senior woman administrator and also served as the academic coordinator for several Blue Devil squads.
Since Silar was named the school’s first senior woman administrator in 1995, Duke’s women’s teams have advanced to the NCAA Final Four in basketball, lacrosse, field hockey while the women’s tennis team captured the title in 2009 and the women’s golf team captured the 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2014 NCAA Championships.
Silar came to Duke in 1979 as the assistant women’s basketball coach and served in that role for 12 seasons. In 1981, she added to her basketball coaching responsibilities the role of head field hockey coach for 15 years, while twice earning ACC Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year honors.
Silar served on many national committees, including the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee and most recently the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee from 2005-2010 and held the role of Chair from 2008-2009.
In addition to her athletics department duties Silar is an academic advisor for first year and sophomore students , teaches in the department of Physical Education and has served the University on a variety of committees including the Harassment Grievance Board, Equity Committee, President’s Commission on the Status of Women, Campus Culture Initiative Steering Committee and Sexual Misconduct Task Force.
A native of Pottstown, Pa., Silar graduated from High Point College in 1974 and was a four-year member of the field hockey and basketball teams. She earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina while serving as the Tar Heels’ assistant field hockey coach.