Alecia Shields-Gadson serves as Delaware State's Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator. She has more than 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics as a senior level administrator and head coach. Prior to joining the Hornet staff, Shields-Gadson was an athletics administrator at Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Coppin State.
While at Coppin State University she twice served as interim director of athletics, interim director of compliance and in her role as Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA she had direct oversight of several administrative areas most notably academics, media relations, marketing and promotions and sport administration. She was also an instructor in the Sports management department.
During her time at Coppin State as Deputy Director of Athletics/ SWA, Ms. Gadson chaired various NCAA committees including Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee, Division I men’s and women’s track and field committee and Woman of the Year selection committee. She also assisted Coppin State at being awarded a $900k NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP) grant designed to improve academic standards at institutions with limited resources.
As a track and field coach, she has coached both men’s and women’s collegiate programs garnering conference championships, NCAA All-Americans and international competition accolades. Alecia Shields-Gadson is the personal coach of 2016 Olympian, two-times World Championships participant and two-times USA national champion triple jumper and Coppin State Alumnae Christina Epps.
While at Alcorn State as Sr. Associate Athletic Director and SWA, Ms. Gadson was a graduate of the NCAA Fellows Leadership development program and served on various conference and university committees. She was a successful track & field student-athlete at Southern University at Baton Rouge and where she also served as team captain.
She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and Buttonwood United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Del.