Getting To Know: Carli Faulkner
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes at LSU recently hired Carli Faulkner as a Learning Specialist, adding the Baton Rouge native and former collegiate softball player to the fold for the upcoming academic year.
Faulkner has spent the last two years serving in various roles for the CCACSA while completing the requirements to earn her Master of Arts in Sports Administration, including spending the last year serving as a tutorial graduate assistant where she assisted in working with various faculty members, along with recruitment tutorial tours for prospective student-athletes for the LSU football program. While also completing her tutoring duties, she helped develop interactive games to be used during sessions to further help student-athletes.
“Working for the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is truly an honor. I am very excited to join the dedicated staff at CCACSA to help the organization continue to be the premier institution for student-athlete services,” Faulkner said. “I have always had a passion for college athletics and helping student-athletes grow and excel in all areas of their lives. I would like to thank Kenneth Miles and the search committee members for giving me this opportunity to serve LSU’s student-athletes and grow professionally. Also, I would like to thank the CCACSA staff for giving me encouragement, guidance and direction as I transition to their team full-time.”
The year prior, Faulkner was responsible for providing weekly and semester calendars for at-risk student-athletes for the academic center, providing proactive and individualized support to enhance student-athlete success. She also assisted in the Summer Academic Success Program, assisting incoming freshman with the transition to college life by helping develop new study skills and testing strategies.
Prior to attending LSU, Faulkner served as an intern at Iowa State University in Athletics Academic Services department, where for the summer she assisted with the Football Summer Bridge Program, which provided academic support in various aspects for incoming student-athletes, while also reviewing nominations for Big 12 academic awards and tracking degree applicable classes for all student-athletes.
Faulkner earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Tyler, where she played on the Patriot softball team for two seasons after spending the previous two at Louisiana College. She was a three-time selection on the American Southwest Conference All-Academic team, earning the ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor while being a three-time Dean’s List selection and NFCA Scholar All-American.
She was on two conference championship winning teams, including making it to the Division III Women’s College World Series where the team finished fourth overall. Before moving on to college, Faulkner played for former LSU softball great Ashlee Ducote at Parkview Baptist, where she earned a state runner-up finish in 2009 that led to first team all-metro and all-state honors.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Carli as our new Learning Specialist. Carli’s infectious enthusiasm and passion for student-athlete success as well as her innate ability to connect with students are great assets to the Student Learning Program,” CCACSA Manager of Tutorial Programs Dorothy Kemp said. “We are looking forward to all of the great things Carli will add to the team.”
The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is a 54,000 square foot facility comprised of academic affairs, student affairs and an information technology teams, serving more than 530 student-athletes. The purpose is to provide an all-inclusive, student-centered support structure for all student-athletes from matriculation, through graduation and life beyond.