Andrea Tepe was promoted in August 2020 to the Chief of Staff position after she worked for seven years as the Director of Operations for the LSU Track & Field program.
As Chief of Staff, Tepe assists Director of Athletics Scott Woodward in the day-to-day operation and strategic outlook of the athletic department and the AD’s office while also examining cross-departmental relationships to maximize the efficiency of internal operations. She is also pursuing a PhD in Leadership & Human Resource Development.
During her tenure as Director of Operations for the LSU track and field program, Tepe was charged with the responsibility of organizing all administrative and logistical aspects of the nation’s most prestigious collegiate program.
Tepe joined the staff at LSU following a four-year stint as the Director of Track & Field Operations at the University of Akron where she served since 2009.
Tepe exceled in the logistical organization of the Akron program, arranging all team travel and recruiting efforts while working within a set budget, designing the program’s annual budget projections and assigning officials for all collegiate, high school and championship home meets.
In addition, she served as Akron’s program liaison for sports information and marketing, as well as point of contact for daily matters in academics, business, compliance, equipment, facilities and housing.
Her experience in organizing Akron’s awards banquets for the cross country and track and field program has certainly paid off into her second season at LSU as she also works to organize LSU Track & Field’s annual Team Awards and Alumni Recognition Banquet.
During her time at Akron of the Mid-American Conference, Tepe served as an assistant administrator for the MAC Indoor Championships in 2012 and MAC Outdoor Championships in 2013, as well as the director of Akron’s inaugural Pole Vault Convention in 2013. She also worked as the meet coordinator at the 2011 Big East Indoor Championships. She even orchestrated the inaugural and second-annual Akron Invitational Community Relays during her time with the program.
She also worked as an assistant lecturer for the University of Akron Sports Science & Wellness Education Department for nearly two years from 2011-13.
A decorated student-athlete in her own right, Tepe competed with the women’s track and field program at Miami (Ohio) University from 2004-08. In fact, she was an NCAA Mideast Regional Qualifier in the 400 hurdles in 2007 and was a member of Miami’s indoor-school-record 4×400-meter relay team.
An active participant in Miami’s community service efforts during her collegiate career, Tepe served as a women’s track and field representative on Miami’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council for two years from 2006-08, and was also an NCAA National Leadership Conference participant in 2007.
Tepe earned two degrees during her time at Miami (Ohio), graduating in May 2008 with her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Mathematics Education and a minor in coaching and December 2009 with her Master of Science in Sports Studies in Sport Behavior and Performance.
While pursuing her master’s degree, Tepe worked as a graduate assistant coach with the women’s track and field team during the 2009 collegiate season.
Tepe has earned a USA Track & Field Level 1 certificate and Level 2 certificate in the sprints, hurdles and relays, as well as the track and field program management certificate and technical coaching certificate from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.