Perception of the Effectiveness of a One-Person Compliance Department in Small College Athletics

Division II Compliance Operations


  • Kelly Elliott Coastal Carolina University
  • Amanda Siegrist Coastal Carolina University



athletics, person-organization fit, staffing, Division II, NCAA, compliance


There is a wide scope to the responsibilities reported by compliance officers working in the NCAA Division II landscape. With the varying responsibilities, it is crucial for administrators working at Division II institutions to consider person-organization fit when hiring a compliance officer. Therefore, the purpose of the research presented in this paper is to analyze the current perception of current compliance operations on Division II campuses to gain a better understanding of the person-organization fit requirements that may be imperative for success in the position. The results of this study indicate that compliance professionals feel supported in their role, but it is not effective to have a one-person compliance operation. Participants in this study offer suggestions to improve current compliance operations on Division II campuses. Recommendations include using resources such as The National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC) and conference office staff. Additionally, it was recommended to limit roles and responsibilities for compliance personnel that fall outside the scope of compliance tasks.

Author Biographies

Kelly Elliott, Coastal Carolina University

Kelly Elliott, PhD, is an assistant professor of recreation and sport management in the Conway Medical Center College of Health and Human Performance at Coastal Carolina University. Her research interests focus on intercollegiate athletics specifically addressing organizational behavior, policy, and leadership.

Amanda Siegrist, Coastal Carolina University

Amanda Siegrist, JD, is an assistant professor of Recreation and Sport Management at Coastal Carolina University. Her research interests fall in the general field of both constitutional and contract law, with an application to interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional athletics.


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