– Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Athletics and Student Success
Jalynn McClain is the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Athletics and Student Success. McClain earned two degrees from Western Kentucky University – a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Business, and a Master’s degree in Recreation & Sports Administration with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration.
McClain comes to the University of Fort Lauderdale after spending two years at the University of Cincinnati as a Special Assistant to Head Coach. Before arriving to UC she spent a year as an Assistant Athletic Academic Advisor with University of Memphis. Previously, she served as a Graduate Student Advisor with Western Kentucky University Academic Advising Retention Center.
In her role at UC, she performed administrative tasks including all aspects of travel, organizing and scheduling, management of recruiting databases, team meal arrangements, and assisting with the fiscal year budget. While at Memphis, she mentored at-risk and high-achieving football and Olympic sport student-athletes. She would meet with student-athletes daily or weekly to track academic progress and provide strategies for academic success.
Working at WKU, McClain facilitated weekly workshop series to provide strategies to students on how to master skills such as test taking, time management, and effective study skills.
As a former student-athlete, McClain was coached by Michelle Clark-Heard at WKU from 2012-16, starting 75 games totaling 535 points and 385 rebounds at the forward position. She is a two-time Conference Champion and made two NCAA appearances. A standout at Jeffersonville High School, she was named one of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s top 60 seniors and earned Associated Press honorable mention all-state recognition in 2012.
As a firm believer in her faith, McClain believes when you put God as the head of your life you are able to accomplish anything you set your mind to.