Holly Kerstner, Assistant Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services, a position created to help Oakland student-athletes succeed in the classroom as well as in competition began her career at Oakland University in 2006.
Kerstner will oversee the Grizzly Center for Graduates and Champions, the new academic center for student-athletes which will provide tutorial support and other resources to assist them in the classroom. She will also serve as the administrator of the Grizzly tennis, volleyball and softball teams. Additionally, Kerstner will oversee the Lifeskills program which aids student-athletes in making the transition between university life and post-graduation responsibilities. In her capacity as SWA, Kerstner will ensure gender equity within the athletic department and deal with Title IX issues that may arise.
Prior to joining the Grizzy staff Kerstner served a four-year stint at Radford University as the Director of Student-Athlete Support Services. She oversaw all academic services, including the tutorial center and advising. Kerstner was also the Student Athlete Advisory Committee advisor at Radford.
Kerstner spent four years at the University of Detroit as the Director of Advising and Academic Services before moving along to Radford. Her duties included admitting, advising and counseling student-athletes, as well as conditionally admitting students and overseeing the learning center.
A 1995 graduate of Concordia University in Wisconsin, Kerstner earned a bachelor's degree in social work as well as a bachelor's of art. She earned a Masters in student personnel administration with an emphasis in counseling from Concordia in 1999. While at Concordia Kerstner served as a resident director and an alcohol and drug educator.