Now in her 15th year at Rider, Karin Torchia serves as the associate director of athletics for external operations and development and senior women's administrator. In this role she serves as the sport administrator for men's and women's swimming & diving, field hockey, softball and volleyball and acts as an advocate for all of Rider's women's athletics programs. In addition, she is primarily responsible for the promotion and marketing of all of Rider's 20 NCAA Division I varsity sports, handles the department's social media, branding and licensing efforts, coordinates fundraising, advertising and corporate sponsorship programs for the athletics department and plans the annual Rider Athletics Golf Gala, 5K Walk/Run for Women's Athletics, Midnight MAACness and Hall of Fame events. Torchia also directs the department's community relations efforts, serves as a liaison between the athletics department and various on-campus and external committees and is responsible for all television, radio and internet-based broadcasts. She also oversees the cheerleaders, dance team, pep band, mascot, and the sports communications department. Additionally, Torchia occasionally hosts a feature show on BroncVision (via the athletics website gobroncs.com) called "Broncs Hot Seat" which showcases some of Rider's teams, student-athletes and coaches.
Torchia also acted as the volunteer coordinator for the 2006 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds and the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Trenton Regional, both of which were co-hosted by Rider and the MAAC and held at Trenton's Sovereign Bank Arena. She was recently named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) representative to the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) and previously served as the MAAC's representative to the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) from 2006-09. Torchia also held the position of Vice Chair of the MAAC Committee on Athletic Administration during the 2010-11 academic year.
In addition to her duties within the athletics department, Torchia is also very active on campus. She currently teaches a freshman business course and served as the advisor to Delta Phi Epsilon sorority from 2009-11. She also acted as the advisor to Zeta Beta Tau fraternity from 2002-07 and was named Rider University's Chapter Advisor of the Year in 2005 for her work with that group of young men. For her efforts outside of athletics, she was the 2007 recipient of the University's prestigious Nancy Gray Award honoring her for outstanding institutional leadership, university spirit and community service.
Prior to joining the Rider staff in May 2000, Torchia spent five years with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). She served two years in the role of director of championships before being promoted to assistant commissioner for championships and marketing in 1997, a position she then held for three years. In those roles she was primarily responsible for the administration and operational aspects of the conference's 24 championships. Torchia also directed the MAAC's community relations projects consisting of the MAAC W.A.Y., MAAC Gives Back and NCAA YES Clinic programs while developing league schedules and in-season and championship policies for several sports. In addition, she coordinated the MAAC's awards, promotions, and merchandise programs and was the meet director for the 1998 NCAA Men's and Women's Cross Country Northeast Regional Championship.
Torchia also held the positions of administrative intern and assistant to the commissioner at the Atlantic 10 Conference from 1993-95. During that time she was responsible for the league's official's program, coordinated all meeting and travel arrangements, assisted the conference's financial officer with budget management and helped with the administration of the league's 18 championships.
Also active on the conference, regional and national levels, Torchia was a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee from 2010-2014 and chaired the Mid-Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee within that role. She was a member of the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Committee from 1997-2001 and chaired the Northeast Regional Advisory Committee as part of that appointment. Torchia also currently chairs the MAAC Field Hockey committee and serves as a member of the conference's Strategic Planning, Gender Equity, Awards, Marketing & Television and Women's Basketball committees as well. She formerly served on the ECAC Championships Cabinet and the ECAC Softball Championship and All-Star selection committees from 1997-2000.
A resident of Newtown, Pennsylvania, Torchia earned a bachelor's degree in sport management and a master's degree in sports administration from West Virginia University where she spent three years as a member of the women's lacrosse team and worked as an undergraduate student assistant and then graduate intern in the sports communications office.
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