FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: BERNARDO AVILA
DATE: MARCH 29, 2021
UFTL ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES NEW HIRES
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – University of Fort Lauderdale (UFTL) Vice President of Athletics and Student Success Ernest T. Jones announced four staff additions Monday, as Rachel Steinbarger, Vida Hargrett, Venisha Lee and Ladicia Henfield are joining the Department of Athletics staff.
Steinbarger holds the Assistant AD/SWA title while Hargrett and Lee were named the Head Cheerleading and Women’s Flag Football Coaches, respectively. Henfield joins the Eagles as Executive Assistant to the VP.
“We’ve got a lot of very important work ahead of us as we chart a new course for UFTL Athletics,” Jones said. “I’ve been thoughtful and strategic about each of these new additions to our staff, and I’m confident that their collective knowledge and experiences will boost our ability to operate with maximum efficiency. There are a lot of talented people and outstanding things happening here at the University of Fort Lauderdale, while there are clearly some areas that need restoration. We’re going to modernize our approach and be forward thinking in our daily efforts to provide championship opportunities for our student-athletes, and these hires will help us build our bright future.”
Rachel Steinbarger – Assistant AD/SWA
Prior to her hiring at UFTL, Steinbarger served as the Title IX Coordinator and Compliance/Eligibility Officer for Madonna University athletics as the Senior Woman Administrator dating to 2017. She also served as head women’s basketball coach for the Crusaders.
A native of Columbus, Indiana, Steinbarger was Madonna’s game day administrator for home events and helped with the development of the new complex (PAAAC)-performing arts athletic academic complex. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and her master’s degree from Liberty University.
Vida Hargrett – Head Cheerleading Coach
Hargrett enters her first season as head cheerleading coach at UFTL after serving in the same capacity at Gulliver Prep for the past season. She comes to University of Fort Lauderdale with 17 years of coaching experience at the high school and college level. Hargrett is the reigning Mrs. South Florida America 2020 and is a graduate of Florida A&M University.
Venisha Lee – Head Women’s Flag Football Coach
Lee brings nine years of experience in athletics management and coaching to the Eagles and looks to make history as the inaugural head coach of the Women’s Flag Football program at UFTL. Before joining the Eagles, Lee coached boys and girls flag football at CSUSA and Florida State University School (Florida High), respectively. The Hollywood, Florida, native graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Ladicia Henfield – Executive Assistant to the VP
Henfield joins the University of Fort Lauderdale from Dade County Federal Credit Union where she spent nearly two years as the Head Teller. She was an administrative assistant with ULS Investment prior to her tenure at Dade County Federal Credit Union. Henfield is a graduate of Keiser University and received her B.S. in business and sports management while competing as a student-athlete on the women’s track & field team.