Lauren S. Haynie joined Brandeis University on September 23, 2019, as its twelfth director of athletics, including those who served in interim or acting roles. She was previously Wellesley College’s senior associate director of athletics and PERA (physical education, recreation and athletics).
Haynie oversees the university’s entire athletics program, enhancing the student-athlete experience and helping to guide and mentor the athletics staff and coaches across all 19 varsity teams. Haynie is also Brandeis Athletics’ primary representative in interactions with other leaders across campus. In her tenure at Brandeis, she has helped Brandeis Athletics release its Department Action Plan in 2021. She currently serves on the Division III Infractions Appeals Committee and the Division III Athletic Training Working Group.
Haynie arrived at Brandeis with nearly two decades of experience in collegiate athletics.
She served as head athletic trainer at Lane College in Jackson, Tennessee, assistant athletics director for sports medicine at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and assistant athletic director for sports medicine at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
In 2013, Haynie joined the athletics staff at MIT as the special assistant to the athletic director for the department of athletics, physical education, and recreation. At MIT, Haynie worked to integrate campus partners including the offices of global education and career development and Title IX. Haynie also coordinated MIT's Engineering Success program for student-athlete well-being and participated in MIT's mentor advocate program and Rainbow Compass Program for underrepresented minority and LBGTQ students.
Haynie joined Wellesley College’s staff in 2017 and served as the athletic department’s liaison to campus partners like the dean of students, admissions and financial aid. At Wellesley, she led all aspects of compliance with the NCAA, helped oversee the 500 varsity student-athletes and club athletes, 60 athletics coaches and staff, and served on five committees related to student life, inclusion, diversity, race and equality. She was also the primary contact for Wellesley coaches on issues like goal-setting, hiring and supervision of assistant coaches.
Haynie graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2000 with a degree in kinesiology and received her Master of Science degree in education from Old Dominion University in 2002. She received her Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis on sports management, from Southern New Hampshire University in 2014 and earned a graduate certificate in leadership and diversity in sport management from the University of Connecticut in 2017.
Haynie is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.