Rosalie Resch begins her 46th year at the University of Chicago in the 2020-21 academic term. She serves as the Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation, effective on July 1, 2020.
In her role as Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation, Resch provides strategic leadership for athletics and recreational sport and fitness programs for the University community. She overees 20 intercollegiate sports, more than 40 sport clubs, an intramural sports program with thousands of student participants annually, a robust fitness program, and facilities.
Resch has previously held the title of Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Internal Operations. Her scope of responsibility included oversight of departmental budget and finances, sports medicine, NCAA compliance, varsity team operations, camps and clinics management, and foreign travel approvals.
Resch first arrived on the Hyde Park campus as a varsity student-athlete. She represented the Maroons in three sports – volleyball, softball and badminton – and graduated in 1973 with her bachelor's degree in Russian Language and Literature. The Minnesota native is still tied for the school record with a .481 career batting average on the softball diamond. She went on to earn her master's degree in physical education at Smith College.
Resch resumed her involvement in collegiate competition at UChicago in the coaching realm. She spent 21 years as the head volleyball coach from 1977-97, and remains the program's all-time leader in victories with 263. She was also head coach of the softball team for one season in 1985.
Resch is also the departmental liaison to the Graduate Women's Athletic Association and is responsible for the overall management of all University Athletic Association (UAA) and NCAA regional championships conducted on campus. She has served UChicago Athletics in various roles during her tenure. Resch previously directed the intramural and club sports program, functioned as the director of the required Physical Education program and advised the Women's Athletic Association.
Within the University community, Resch has served as an elected member of the College Council and the University Senate, a member of the Undergraduate Discipline Committee, and as a Sexual Harassment Complaint Adviser. She was also previously chair of the Student Leader Awards Committee.
Resch has been actively involved on NCAA national committees. She was appointed to the NCAA Division III Management Council, the DIII Championship Committee, the Playing and Practice Seasons Subcommittee, the Strategic Planning Subcommittee and the Working Group on Life Balance issues. She was also elected Chair of the Academic Issues Subcommittee and the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship National Selection Committee, and currently serves on the NCAA Technology Group.
Resch has also contributed at the conference level as an At-Large Delegate to the Executive Committee of the UAA and as a member of the UAA Strategic Review Committee.