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Release: Sept. 1, 2000

Jantz named interim UI women's athletic director

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman announced today that Paula Jantz has been named interim director of women’s athletics. The appointment follows the retirement of long-time UI women’s athletic director Christine Grant. Grant’s last day on the job was Aug. 31.

"I’m very pleased that Paula has agreed to step in and keep our women’s athletics program moving forward," Coleman said. "With more than 20 years experience as an administrator in intercollegiate athletics, Paula comes highly recommended."

Jantz has been associate women’s athletic director at the UI since 1994. She was assistant director of women’s athletics from 1988 to 1994. She joined the staff in the women’s athletic director’s office in 1980 after serving two years as an administrative graduate assistant and assistant softball coach.

She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and has served on a variety of university and external committees. She is currently a member of the Big Ten Conference Sports Management Committee, liaison to Big Ten Conference Coaching Groups in rowing, and in the past has served as liaison to field hockey and softball. She also served for six years on the NCAA Division I Softball Committee. She also serves on the IOWA Award Program Selection Review Committee, has been a member of the UI Student-Athlete Assistance Program Core Committee since 1982, and has served on the UI Sports Camp Oversight Committee.

Jantz holds a master’s degree in athletic administration from the University of Iowa. She earned bachelor’s degrees in social science and physical education at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, where she played intercollegiate softball, basketball and field hockey. In 1976, she was the OSU Outstanding Woman Athlete of the Year, the Most Valuable Player on the field hockey team, and co-captain of both the field hockey and softball teams. She was also co-captain and MVP of the softball team in 1975.

She was OSU assistant softball coach in 1977 and head softball coach in 1978.