Kathy Tierney became Bryn Mawr’s Director of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation in July of 2007. Before Bryn Mawr, Tierney spent the previous six years as the Athletic Director at Lebanon Valley.
Since she has been on the Main Line, Tierney has helped to transform the Bryn Mawr student-athlete experience. In 2010, the Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center was completely renovated through the Smart Women, Strong Women initiative and created a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility for the entire Bryn Mawr College community. Since then, Applebee Field, home to the Bryn Mawr field hockey, lacrosse and soccer teams, moved from a grass playing surface to FieldTurf. Also, in 2011 Applebee Field received a brand new scoreboard.
In addition, Tierney helped to create the Friend of Bryn Mawr College Athletics in 2010 to enhance the scholar-athlete and student experience to meet the evolving interests of today’s Bryn Mawr College woman.
In 2014-15, Tierney led the department through an external review, which provided a blueprint to continue improving the student-athlete experience by building competitiveness, improving recruitment strategies, and increasing the visibility of athletics on and off campus. Tierney has also built a staff that is committed to increasing the competitiveness of our programs without compromising the Bryn Mawr College student-athlete model, which emphasizes the development of student leadership in athletics, academics, and civic engagement.
During her tenure at Lebanon Valley, she oversaw the consolidation of all Lebanon Valley student recreation and athletic facilities into one location and the construction of the school's new gymnasium. She's also credited with establishing a stronger presence in community-service activities for student-athletes.
On-field accomplishments during Tierney's time at Lebanon Valley include five Commonwealth Conference titles; three teams advancing to the NCAA Division III Championships, with the 2006 field-hockey team reaching the Final Four, and 15 teams appearing in their conference championship games.
In addition, Lebanon Valley student-athletes have earned eight ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America awards and 37 Academic All-District honors.
Before becoming the Athletic Director, Tierney was the head field hockey coach for 18 seasons accumulating a career record of 212-113-15 while leading LVC to two final four finishes.
Tierney, a graduate of SUNY-Brockport with a degree in Physical Education and Sports Administration, is currently working on her Masters in Administration from West Chester University.