The department is proud to recognize Ingrid Wicker-McCree as the spring 2010 Outstanding Alumnus. This award is presented yearly to an individual who has earned at least a B.S. degree from the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management (PRTM) at NCSU; has been a practicing professional for at least ten years; has made a recognized contribution to the advancement of parks, recreation, tourism, sport, or golf profession on a local, state, or national level; has demonstrated service to his or her community; and has recognized contributions and accomplishments related to his or her current or previous position.
Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Athletic Director at NC Central University, is a native of Durham, NC and played on two North Carolina high school state volleyball championship teams, while also lettering in basketball and track and field. She continued her volleyball playing career as a student-athlete at George Washington University where she earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice. She earned a master’s degree in recreation resources administration from NC State University in December 1991 and completed her doctoral studies in 2008.
She began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s volleyball program at N.C. State, then spent two seasons (1992-93) as head volleyball coach and student-athlete academic counselor at North Carolina A&T State University before returning to her hometown to begin her NCCU tenure in August 1994.
Wicker-McCree, who joins the rank of only a handful of women athletic directors in the UNC system and across the country, previously served as NCCU’s associate athletics director for internal affairs. She has served in a variety of leadership positions in both conference and national level organizations, including president of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Executive Board, becoming only the second woman to ever hold that position in the league’s history. In addition, she served as a member of the NCAA’s Division II Legislation Committee.
In recognition of her work, Wicker-McCree received the CIAA Leadership Award for Service as president of the Executive Board and was named the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator of the Year in the spring of 2006.
Now entering her 16th year at NCCU, Wicker-McCree has been one of the driving forces behind NCCU’s reclassification to NCAA Division I. Since 1998, she has overseen the internal operations of the Athletics Department, including all compliance and eligibility programs.
Wicker-McCree began her career at NCCU as the head coach for women’s volleyball and softball. She became the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school’s first-ever CIAA titles in softball and volleyball. A three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year and former member of the NCAA Division II National Volleyball Committee, Wicker-McCree earned 239 match victories in 12 seasons as head volleyball coach at NCCU. She was also inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Wicker-McCree has also found time for community involvement as she was recently named to the downtown Durham YMCA Board of Advisors and also inducted into the Durham Rotary Club.
The department is proud to recognize Ingrid Wicker-McCree as the spring 2010 Outstanding Alumnus.
Information courtesy of the NC Central University website.