Jessica Hammond-Graf is now serving the department as Senior Woman Administrator/Senior Associate AD for Student-Athlete Well-Being.
Hammond-Graf has been a valued member of the UMBC Athletic Staff since arriving in Baltimore in 2003. Formerly, as Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Services, she supervised and coordinated the student support services for UMBC’s varsity sports teams. The 1995 University of Connecticut graduate also oversaw student registration and served as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, while acting as a liaison with the campus student support services.
In 2010, she was selected to hold the position of Region I Director for the N4A organization (National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics). The purpose of N4A is to empower student-athletes to become more productive individuals through educational and personal development. She is currently an evaluator for the program.
Hammond-Graf came to UMBC from LSU, where she served as the academic advisor in the College of Education. Prior to LSU, she spent close to three years at Tulane University as the senior academic counselor and primary counselor for women’s basketball, upperclassmen on the football team, men’s and women’s track and field, golf and tennis.
Hammond-Graf has also spent time as an academic advisor at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason following her graduation from the University of Connecticut in 1995 with a bachelor of science degree in sports psychology. She later earned her master’s in sport psychology from Temple in 1997 and a certificate in instructional systems design from UMBC in 2012.
Most recently, she was recognized by the men’s lacrosse program, receiving the Dr. Martin Schwartz Award for contributions to the program in 2013 and she also earned the Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Award in 2014.
Hammond-Graf is a current member of the NCAA Division I Progress Toward Degree Waiver Committee and of Women Leaders in College Sports. She currently serves as a moderator for the America East #3PAcademy Live digital professional development series and just completed a three-year term in a leadership capacity of the league’s SWA group.
Hammond-Graf resides in Baltimore with her wife, Yancy Graf.