|Position:||Sr. Associate A.D. / Chief of Staff|
Armani Dawkins joined Oklahoma Athletics in August of 2018 and serves as the department's Senior Associate Athletics Director/Chief of Staff.
In this capacity, she advances and advocates directives on behalf of the Vice President and Director of Athletics and optimizes the investment in communications operations and staff resources. In addition, she oversees strategic planning, student-athlete exit interviews, the Athletics Department Staff Council, public relations and strategic communication for the Vice President and Director of Athletics, Title IX and diversity initiatives, risk management, analytics and operational planning, and NCAA legislative proposals.
Dawkins comes to OU from Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where she most recently held the position of Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Development. As Associate Director of Athletics, Dawkins was a member of Holy Cross's senior athletics staff and was responsible for implementing a robust series of programming to emphasize and improve the development and welfare of the Crusaders' nearly 700 student-athletes. She also served as the sport supervisor for the field hockey program.
Prior to her time at Holy Cross, Dawkins worked at Duke University from 2010 to 2015. Her most recent post at Duke was Special Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Athletics, and she handled oversight responsibilities for the Athletics Director's routine commitments, including public relations obligations and correspondence. In addition, Dawkins assisted the Director of Athletics with responsibilities for the Division I NCAA men's basketball committee, United States Olympic Committee and Advocates for Athletic Equity. She also had oversight responsibility for all the executive administrative operations. She previously held positions with Duke as the Assistant Director of Iron Dukes for special events, and Assistant Director of Administrative Operations and Human Resources.
Dawkins received her bachelor's degree in journalism and media studies, and her master's degree from George Washington University. She also served as the NCAA branding and communications postgraduate intern.
Dawkins's family includes her husband Andre.