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NCAA Eligibility seminar set for Wednesday, April 24

Event rescheduled from February

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Broken Arrow Public Schools Athletic Department will present its first NCAA Eligibility Seminar for district student athletes and parents on Wednesday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center, 701 S. Main.

The seminar will cover such topics as NCAA Division I and Division II eligibility requirements, amateurism, and recruiting calendars.

“With grades and core courses counting towards NCAA eligibility beginning as early as the eighth grade, this seminar will provide excellent information for parents who may not yet have children who are of secondary age,” said Steve Dunn, BAPS Executive Director of Athletics. “We planned this with those parents and students in mind, in addition to current student athletes and parents in a Broken Arrow athletic program. This will allow them to get ahead of the curve and have a better understanding of the curriculum their child may need if he or she has the potential to play college athletics.”

Featured speakers for the evening are Scott Williams, senior associate athletic director at Oral Roberts University, and Darnell Smith, assistant athletic director for compliance at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Williams, who served as assistant athletic director for compliance at ORU from 1998 to 2005, has also worked as NCAA Athletic Certification liaison and was a member of the NCAA Athletic Certification Steering Committee.

After leaving ORU in 2005, Williams went to Oklahoma State University where he was the Assistant A.D. for Compliance for one year before being promoted to Associate A.D. for Compliance. From 2009 to 2014, Williams was the Senior Associate Athletic Director at UCO, where he was responsible for the internal operations of the department.

He is a 1995 graduate of Oklahoma State, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Williams earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma in 1998

Smith is in his seventh year at UCO. He manages the areas of NCAA compliance, student-athlete services and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee while also directing student-athlete welfare programming and serving as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics.

Smith joined UCO after a stint at the University of New Mexico, where he served as Director of Compliance for more than a year. In his role with UNM he managed 11 sports by maintaining institutional control in all aspects of compliance.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Smith was a four-year member and two-year starter on the Oklahoma State football team from 2002-2006. He was named OSU’s Senior of Significance and Outstanding Senior while he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Economics. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Natural & Applied Sciences at OSU and served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Athletic compliance.

“We are excited to hear the presentations of these athletic administrators who can provide first-hand information to parents on the academic needs their children will need to play athletics for an NCAA school,” Dunn said. “This is an opportunity for us to provide meaningful and enriching information to our community that will tremendously benefit our parents and students.”

This seminar was originally scheduled in February, but was postponed due to inclement weather and poor driving conditions.