Claire Leatherwood Slebonick
Assistant Athletics Director
Term Teaching Professor
Claire Leatherwood Slebonick joined the University of Notre Dame Athletic Department in November of 2015, serving as the Assistant Athletics Director for Policy Management. In this role, she supports the William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Professor of Law and Faculty Athletics Representative Patricia Bellia, and senior deputy athletics director Missy Conboy. She is in the middle of her fourth year as sport administrator for the cross country program. Leatherwood Slebonick works with both Bellia and Conboy on internal and external policy matters, and supports the work of the Notre Dame Faculty Board on Athletics.
Leatherwood Slebonick won multiple varsity letters as an undergrad at Yale University, where she ran with the Bulldogs' cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field varsity teams. A 2009 graduate of Yale, Leatherwood went on to graduate from Notre Dame Law School in May 2012. During her last two years of law school, she served as a volunteer coach with the Fighting Irish cross country and track and field teams.
Leatherwood Slebonick started at William & Mary in June 2012 as Assistant Director of Compliance and when she left William & Mary in October 2015, she had assumed the role of Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance, where she served as senior compliance officer, supervising all compliance staff and reporting directly to the Associate Athletic Director for Student Services. She remained sport supervisor for the cross country and track and field teams. She was responsible for ensuring William & Mary's compliance with all NCAA, CAA and institutional rules and policies through strategic initiatives, rules education, system development, monitoring, enforcement, and legislative analysis for every NCAA bylaw and area. She worked directly with the Faculty Athletic Representative, Athletic Policy Advisory Committee, and other campus departments to create and improve athletic department and cross-campus policies to ensure optimal outcomes for all stakeholders. Leatherwood Slebonick directed institutional adoption of the ARMS software package. She created and executed comprehensive plans to ensure an institutional atmosphere of compliance. Leatherwood Slebonick was a member of senior administration leadership team, which set strategic direction for the athletic department. She was tasked with creating educational programming for student-athletes, coaching staffs, and other department constituents. Leatherwood Slebonick supervised day-to-day operations of the Compliance Department, including investigation of and filing for all self-reported violations.