O’Quin joins Tarleton staff as senior associate AD for academics, senior woman’s administrator

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STEPHENVILLE – With nearly 20 years of experience working with collegiate student-athletes, Dr. Megan O'Quin comes to Tarleton State University as the new senior associate athletic director for academic success and senior woman's administrator.

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"I am thankful to President Dr. James Hurley and Vice President of Athletics Lonn Reisman for entrusting me with this opportunity," O'Quin said. "I would also like to thank his team for their help in transitioning into this position. I'm excited to get started at Tarleton State and join an amazing staff supporting student-athlete success."

O'Quin heads south to Texas after spending her previous two years at Eastern Washington. Prior to her time with the Eagles, she spent time in similar capacities at Fresno State (CA), Northern Illinois and Oregon State.

"We're thrilled to add Megan O'Quin to our athletics staff," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lonn Reisman. "She is a well-respected professional that our female student-athletes can look to as an excellent role model. Her long history of success in NCAA Division I athletics will elevate our academics to another level as we continue our transition. I'm thankful to our hiring committee for their dedication to bringing the best possible candidate to Tarleton State University."

After graduating from Oregon State, O'Quin began her collegiate athletics career in 2003 on the athletics' academic support staff at her alma mater. She elevated to an academic counselor and worked with the football, women's gymnastics, wrestling, softball, swimming, and women's basketball programs advising of student-athletes on progress towards degree completion, academic standing, and other aspects to assist with maintaining NCAA eligibility and excelling in the collegiate environment. She helped programs raise and maintain the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) and served on numerous campus committees.

In August of 2014, O'Quin moved on to Northern Illinois University in the role of Associate Director for Student-Athlete Academic Support Services where she remained until January of 2017. While at NIU, O'Quin provided leadership and assisted with supervision, training, and performance evaluation of the department's academic coordinators and administrative staff. She worked directly with the school's basketball programs and supervised the Life Skills Program.

O'Quin would move west in January 2017 for a position at Fresno State, where she spent two years as the Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services. She oversaw the academic and student services department of nine employees. She was active on numerous athletic department and campus committees and worked specifically in academic counseling, advising, life skills, career preparation and community service.

During her time at Fresno State, she established an academic program which produced on average the highest recorded academic year in the school's history – including the most Mountain West Athletic Conference Academic Scholars and the highest team great point averages and APR numbers.

While at Eastern Washington University, O'Quin oversaw the student-athlete academic services program that continued their academic streak of earning 14 consecutive years with an all student-athlete quarter GPA above a 3.00.  Even though it was during the COVID-19 pandemic, O'Quin continued the high expectation of academic support services, as well as increased the life-skills programming.

Originally from Tigard, Oregon, O'Quin received her bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a minor in sociology and athletic administration from Oregon State. She received her master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration on adult education, ethnic studies, and sociology from OSU in 2011. In 2020, O'Quin earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership from Fresno State.

O'Quin and her husband, Jason O'Quin, live in Stephenville with their Dalmatian puppy, Loki.