Sims Appointed To NCAA Constitution Committee
UW-Oshkosh Assistant Chancellor, Athletics Darryl Sims has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Constitution Committee.
Appointed by the NCAA Board of Governors, the 23-member committee will immediately begin its work and identify the fundamental principles that define college sport and propose a new governance model that enables faster change without sacrificing broader values, all by reaffirming or redefining these values. .
Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, one of the five independent members of the Board of Governors and former president of Texas A&M University, will chair the committee.
“Each of the appointees offers important insight into the transformation needed for the future,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The time has come for a fundamental change. And future change must focus on serving student athletes. “
The governing bodies of the three divisions of the NCAA have proposed nominations for the review committee. Among these candidates, the board appointed university presidents, conference commissioners, athletic directors and students from Divisions I, II and III, as well as independent members of the board of governors.
NCAA Constitution Committee
Brad Bankston – Commissioner, Old Dominion Athletic Conference
Sandy Barbour – Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics, Penn State University
Dean Bresciani – President, North Dakota State University
Greg Christopher – Vice President for Administration, Director of Athletics, Xavier University
Mary Sue Coleman – Past President, Association of American Universities, Independent Board Member
Troy Dannen – Director of Sports, Tulane University
John DeGioia – President, Georgetown University
Robert Gates (Chairman) – Former US Secretary of Defense, Former President, Texas A&M University, Independent Board Member
Robin Harris – Executive Director, The Ivy League
Chris Howard – President, Robert Morris University
Gayle Hutchinson – President, California State University, Chico
Jim Johnson – Director of Athletics, Pittsburg State University
Megan Koch – Student Track and Field Athlete, Colorado College
Linda Livingstone – President, Baylor University
Shane Lyons – Director of Athletics, Associate Vice President, West Virginia University
Madeleine McKenna – Volleyball student-athlete, California University of Pennsylvania
Fayneese Miller – President, Hamline University
Jere Morehead – President, University of Georgia
Gloria Nevarez – Commissioner, West Coast Conference
Jim Phillips – Commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference
Julie Ruppert – Commissioner, Northeastern Conference-10
Darryl Sims – Assistant Chancellor, Athletics, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Kendall Spencer – Student Track and Field Athlete, University of New Mexico
Sims is in his 12th year as Deputy Chancellor of UW-Oshkosh, Athletics.
Since hiring in 2010, Sims has led the renovation efforts for the new floor, track and bleachers at UW-Oshkosh Softball Park and Kolf Sports Center. He also helped secure funding for the video panel and other equipment at the Oshkosh Sports Complex while securing a five-year clothing deal for the 19-sports track program with Under Armor.
Sims served as UW-Oshkosh’s Assistant Sports Director from 2007 to 2010. During this time he worked on event management and corporate sponsorship for the department.
Sims, one of 11 graduates of the 2010 NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program, was a football coach for the Oakland Raiders and three NFL Europe teams. He was an assistant to the Amsterdam Admirals from 2000 to 2005, helping them win the World Bowl title in 2005. Sims was the head coach of the Cologne Centurions and a defensive line coach for the Raiders in 2006. La NFL Europe closed its doors after the 2007 season, when Sims was an assistant for the Berlin Thunder.
The Sims’ coaching resume also includes pre-season NFL internships with the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
In 1998, Sims joined UW-Oshkosh as a part-time assistant football coach. He spent two seasons in this role before working with the UW-Oshkosh Foundation from 2001 to 2005. From 2007, Sims was part of the Oshkosh Sports Complex Development Team. He also helped secure major corporate sponsorships from JJ Keller & Associates and the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Sims, a defensive end, was twice selected in the All-Big Ten for the University of Wisconsin in 1981-82. He was selected 20th overall in the 1985 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and played 58 games for the Cleveland Steelers and Browns from 1985 to 1988.
Sims is actively involved with many local organizations, including the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, the Oshkosh Rotary Club, and the Boys and Girls Club. He graduated in 2010 from Leadership Oshkosh.
A member of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet at UW-Oshkosh, Sims chaired numerous committees of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In 2019, Sims was appointed to an NCAA task force that examined issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state laws regarding the name, image, and likeness of student-athletes.
Sims and the UW-Oshkosh Track and Field Department have hosted nearly 20 NCAA Division III Championships as well as numerous Regional Championship and Division III conference competitions since 2010.
The native of Winston-Salem (NC) received his BA (2003) in Oral Communication and his MA (2005) in Educational Leadership from UW-Oshkosh.
NCAA Constitution Committee publication