WINTER PARK, Fla. – Ed Pasque became the new Commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference at the stroke of midnight, tonight, January 1, 2014. Pasque will now oversee the expanding nine-school SSC in a conference that he served as a student-athlete during his collegiate career.
“We are extremely pleased and excited to hire Ed as the new commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference,” said Dr. George L. Hanbury, President of Nova Southeastern and current President of the Sunshine State Conference. “His 11 years of administrative experience at both the Division I and Division II levels will be beneficial to our conference moving forward.”
Pasque, a former student-athlete at Eckerd College, has spent the past 10 years as an administrator in intercollegiate athletics at the Division I level. Prior to his position with the A-10, he was the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration at Northern Illinois University from 2006-08. He served Campbell University for three years as Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Academic Services from 2003-06.
“It is an honor to be selected as the next Commissioner of the Sunshine State Conference,” said Pasque. “ I would like to thank the Presidents Council for the opportunity to return to the conference in this role, and could not be more excited to work with such high quality administrators, coaches and student-athletes to build upon the proud history of this conference.”
Before working in Division I, Pasque spent one year as the Graduate Assistant for Compliance at the University of West Florida. He also was a volunteer assistant coach for the men’s basketball team.
Pasque earned his juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2001. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Eckerd College in 1992. Between degrees, Pasque served in the United States Navy as a communications supervisor for the Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11.
In addition to his roles in athletic administration, Pasque has worked as an adjunct professor at West Florida, Campbell and Northern Illinois, where he taught classes in sports law, sports finance and sports marketing. He has also worked as an intercollegiate athletics consultant with Carr Sports Associates from 2004-08, providing expertise in the areas of NCAA legislation and membership requirements as part of strategic planning and feasibility studies.
A native of Hazel Park, Mich., Pasque and his wife, Stacey, have three children: Ruby, Oliver and Hazel.
Pasque takes the Commissioner’s baton from Jay Jones, who served the SSC since September 2009. Jones has relocated with his family to Indianapolis, Ind. as his wife; Maritza Jones was recently named the NCAA Director of Division II.
Located in Winter Park, the Sunshine State Conference is the only NCAA conference headquartered in the state of Florida. Its nine member institutions, all located within the state are: Barry University (Miami Shores), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Florida Southern College (Lakeland), Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), Lynn University (Boca Raton), Nova Southeastern (Fort Lauderdale), Rollins College (Winter Park), Saint Leo University (Saint Leo) and the University of Tampa.
The SSC sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports that compete in NCAA Division II. More than 2,000 student-athletes participate in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball, women’s rowing and men’s lacrosse. SSC schools have won 84 NCAA Division II National Championships, and the league is the top-rated academic conference in Division II.