Webinar: Making the Cut - Helping Student-Athletes Make Successful Transitions From High School to College


May. 5, 2022, 3:30pm to 5pm

Office/Remote Location

Via Zoom


Are you a high school or club sport coach or support professional who works with student-athletes? A parent of a student-athlete with collegiate sport aspirations?

Join us for an enlightening discussion where our panel will discuss topics including:

  • Helping student-athletes balance performance, academics and mental health
  • Fostering gender equity and diversity in athletics
  • Setting students up for successful transitions to collegiate athletics

Our panelists

Nancy Lough, Ed.D.
Professor, Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education

Nancy Lough is a professor in UNLV’s College of Education, where she leads the master's degree program in intercollegiate and professional sport management master’s degree as well as the graduate- and undergradute-level college sport leadership certificate programs and the leadership certificate program. Her areas of expertise include sport marketing and sponsorship, development of women leaders, improving gender equity, and diversity in sport. She has served as a consultant for Title IX issues in Nevada, Colorado, and New Mexico. Prior to UNLV, Lough served as a sport management faculty member at the University of New Mexico, Iowa State University and Kent State University. Lough has extensive experience in intercollegiate athletics, including competing as a scholarship athlete and having worked as a collegiate coach in Texas and California, an associate athletic director in Colorado, and director of an NCAA National Championship.

Lisa A. Kelleher, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education

Lisa A. Kelleher completed her doctorate in higher education at UNLV May 2011 while working full-time in UNLV Athletics. She earned progressive leadership positions over her more than 25-year athletics career, dedicated to her commitment to student-athletes. She created, managed, and implemented innovative programs promoting student-athlete health and wellness, gender equity and diversity, and academic and career development. These programs assisted student-athletes to achieve in the classroom, earn degrees, and win competitive championships. Upon retirement in 2017, her stellar years of campus and community service were recognized as she was granted deputy director of athletics, emerita status. Since she loves mentoring students, she pursued and accepted a part-time instructor position where she teaches first- and second- year seminars, and leadership, development and engagement certificate courses.

Mallory Poole
Director, Wellness & Leadership

Mallory Poole begins her third year as a member of the Rebel team, spending one year as the director for Student-Athlete Leadership and Career Development before being elevated to the assistant athletics director for Student-Athlete Wellness and Leadership Development/Senior Woman Administrator. She is also the sport administrator for the softball and volleyball programs. Poole is responsible for overseeing all development areas that impact the student-athlete experience and was hired to spearhead the newly established Rebels Go Pro jobs initiative. "Our goal is to provide an environment for our student-athletes to achieve their dreams and positively impact the community," Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said. "Providing a pathway to a meaningful career is an important component of our global student-athlete development program and I'm enthused for Mallory to lead this important program.

Rebecca Pugh
Associate Athletics Director, UNLV Student-Athlete Academic Services

Becky Pugh was promoted to the associate athletics director for Student-Athlete Academic Services in 2018. Pugh is responsible for monitoring and maintaining institutional compliance with the NCAA, Mountain West Conference (MWC), and university rules and regulations to promote the academic eligibility, success, and retention of all student-athletes participating in the intercollegiate athletics program. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Student-Athlete Academic Services. In 2002, Pugh (formerly McDonald) started her path at UNLV as a four-year letter winner in the sport of softball. In 2007, she earned a B.S. in physical education K-12 with a minor in adapted physical education. In 2009, she earned a master's degree in Athletic Administration. She started her work experience in the UNLV Athletics Department as a compliance assistant in 2006 and from there went from assistant director in 2007 to director for compliance in 2010.

Chad Doerr, Psy.D
Clinical and Sport Psychologist

"I've always had a passion for the pursuit of personal and performance excellence. After the completion of my college baseball career at Feather River College and undergraduate degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, I went on a nine-year journey across the United States to learn from some of the best sport psychologists, clinical psychologists, and athletic coaches in the nation. The University of Denver, James Madison University, and UC Davis all taught me how to provide competent, ethical, and effective mental health and performance interventions to a diverse variety of individuals. I am honored to have been the first graduate assistant director of the Challace J. McMillin Center for Sport Psychology at James Madison University, named after the influential coach and mental skills consultant."

About the Scholarship in Practice Lecture Series

Aligned with UNLV’s Top Tier goal of community engagement, the Scholarship in Practice Web Lecture Series is a forum offered to local and national communities to discuss critical issues and propose concrete solutions on topics related to PK-20 education and mental health. Steeped in the latest scholarship, lectures are designed to support educators, practitioners, and other stakeholders. The UNLV College of Education provides approximately six to eight lectures per year.



Admission Information

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CEUs are available for attendees participating in the live session.

Contact Information

UNLV College of Education
Nancy Weaver

External Sponsor

UNLV College of Education

Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education