FLORENCE, S.C. – Athletic Department officials at Francis Marion University have announced the hiring of Jason Orning of Plymouth, Minn., as assistant athletic director for compliance and academic support.
Orning replaces Kit Alewine, who left Francis Marion for a similar position at Troy University.
Orning will monitor a “compliance community” of athletic and academic personnel in order to ensure that the university has institutional control of all athletic activities. This includes day-to-day responsibility for those aspects of the athletics operation most directly regulated by NCAA rules, including certification of initial and continuing eligibility, administration of financial aid to student-athletes, and recruitment. He oversees a comprehensive and continuing education program to ensure that university individuals are knowledgeable and continually updated on NCAA rules. He chairs the school’s Compliance Committee, which monitors NCAA rules and provides a system of checks and balances between the athletic, academic, admissions, and financial aid sectors in order to provide FMU with proper institutional control.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science and business administration from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Orning went on to earn a master of science degree in sports management from the University of Kentucky.
He has worked as a compliance intern at three Division I institutions: Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Minnesota, and most recently Iowa State University. He attended the 2007 NCAA Regional Rules Conference for Compliance.
Orning also worked as production assistant for ESPN, and as an athletics media relations assistant at the University of Kentucky.