Aug. 2, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head women's lacrosse coach Jennifer Ulehla announced today (Thursday, Aug. 2) the hiring of Shalini Gogawale as the program's director of operations. Gogawale joins the staff with four years of operations experience, including her most recent two-year stint as the coordinator of volleyball operations at the University of Florida.
"I am very excited to announce Shalini as the first director of operations for women's lacrosse at the University of Michigan," said Ulehla. "She is an outstanding addition to our staff that will play an integral role in developing and overseeing the infrastructure of our lacrosse program. I am confident Shalini will represent Michigan with the integrity, respect, work ethic, intelligence and enthusiasm that is essential for our program's success. She possesses the passion and vision necessary to help guide our program to national prominence. It's an honor to have her on board."
Gogawale will be responsible for all day-to-day office operations, overseeing all aspects of the budget, team travel, home game logistics, supervising team managers, coordinating on-campus recruiting visits and events and managing camp operations for the Wolverines. She will also serve as the liaison between the women's lacrosse program and other departments within Michigan Athletics.
"I am extremely honored that Coach Ulehla has given me this incredible opportunity to work under her tutelage, with the Michigan women's lacrosse program and under one of the top athletic departments in the country," said Gogawale. "It's exciting to be part of building a program and a legacy here at Michigan and I look forward to contributing to the success of Michigan women's lacrosse. The University of Michigan is rich in tradition and excellence and I am thrilled to be part of the Wolverine family."
While at Florida, she was responsible for all behind-the-scenes tasks for the volleyball program, including day-to-day office operations, team travel, ordering and distribution of equipment, game-day responsibilities, assisting with recruiting correspondence and NCAA compliance in regards to recruiting, and was also the liaison to the programs booster club, the Gator Attack Club. She also oversaw the volleyball budget and supervised the student manager staff and operations assistants. Beyond her duties as the director of operations, she also served as the Gators' director of volleyball camp operations, overseeing more than 1,500 youth participants. She was responsible for up to six camps per summer and handled logistics for all camps.
Prior to her time at Florida, Gogawale spent one year as the assistant director of women's basketball operations at Oregon State University from 2009-10. She assisted with all operations for the Beavers, including day-to-day office operations, film exchange, video operations and team manager supervision, and also served as the liaison between the marketing and women's basketball offices.
In 2009, Gogawale got her start in operations while working with the women's basketball program at the University of California. There, she handled the day-to-day office operations and assisted with the program's recruiting database, budget, camps and special events. During that year, she was also an assistant tutorial coordinator, developing and monitoring quiet study programs, with 20 undergraduate monitors under her supervision.
Before getting her start in operations, she worked as a student-athlete development intern at Cal from 2007-08. In that position, she assisted student-athletes with career development and supervised more than 60 student-athletes in the department's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
From 2006-07, Gogawale served as a diversity and inclusion intern for the NCAA in Indianapolis, Ind. In this role, she researched various issues about diversity in the work environment; she assisted with the planning and execution of several leadership institutes and conferences; and developed a marketing plan and created informational materials on the NCAA Internship Program.
The Shorewood, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in May 2006 from Southern Illinois University, where she was a member of the Salukis' cross country and track teams. As an undergraduate, she also served as an athletics financial aid coordinator and compliance assistant. Upon graduation from SIU, she was awarded the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship. Gogawale went on to earn a master's of arts degree in education from the University of California in May 2009.
Ulehla was hired as Michigan's first varsity women's lacrosse coach on Sept. 8, 2011, after a three-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of Florida. Gogawale will also join assistant coach Jen Valore as part of the women's lacrosse staff. The program will begin varsity competition during the 2013-14 academic year as a member of the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC).
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