Mandy Thatcher recently took on the role of Director of Compliance after serving as Coordinator of Compliance and Special Events for Tennessee Tech Athletics for nine years. She also served as a Golden Eagle assistant volleyball coach for four seasons before joining the athletics' staff. In addition to compliance and special events responsibilities, she also has oversight of Tech's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as all CHAMPS and community service activites by Tech's student-athletes.
Thatcher handles a wide range of responsibilities that are instrumental in the department's realizing smooth day-to-day operations as well as meeting stringent compliance requirements. She also coordinates special events for athletics, such as the Hall of Fame Dinner and the Eagles Nest hospitality during basketball doubleheaders.
Her responsibilities include managing all athletic scholarships, tracking student-athlete participation and eligibility, coordinating the submission of annual reports, and supporting Tennessee Tech's compliance with NCAA and OVC rules.
Thatcher was a key starter on Tennessee Tech's 1997 Ohio Valley Conference championship volleyball team, then spent three successful seasons as an assistant coach on the NCAA Division II level prior to joining the staff at her alma mater. During her four years as an assistant coach at Tech she worked alongside head coach John Blair. Among her responsibilities, Thatcher helped recruit a roster of student-athletes that went on to claim the 2008 OVC title.
A native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College where she helped compile a 39-37 overall mark, including a 29-13 mark in conference play.
A four-year letterwinner at Tech from 1995 through 1998 and a three-year starter, she earned numerous awards on the court and was an academic honoree for her work in the classroom. She graduated cum laude in December 1999, with a 3.64 grade point average in English-journalism. She got her Masters in Business Administration at West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2003.
The former Mandy Miller, she married Roland Thatcher in May 2007. The couple have two children -- son Cale McKean, born November 26, 2009, and daughter Lauren Jessica, born Sept. 13, 2013.