Portrait of Kelly Zinn

Keli M. Zinn

2020 Hall of Fame Inductee

Biographical Sketch

Keli Zinn serves as the deputy athletics director and is responsible for assisting the director of athletics with the overall administration of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. As the department's primary liaison to the University central administration, she works closely with the WVU general counsel, strategic initiatives, finance and human resources. Zinn also serves as the administrator to the WVU football program. 

In December of 2014, President E. Gordon Gee appointed Zinn the school’s interim director of athletics as she became the first female to lead the University’s athletics department.

A native of Petersburg, WV, Zinn came to West Virginia in 2010 as associate athletics director for governance and compliance from the University of Maryland, where she was named assistant athletics director for compliance in 2005. Previously, Zinn served as compliance assistant at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, RI.

Zinn has been involved in numerous national, conference and University committees over the years. In 2019, the Sports Business Journal named Zinn as a recipient of the prestigious Forty Under 40 Awards. She was honored as WVU’s Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in 2018 and selected among the SportsBusiness Journal’s Game Changers in 2016.
Zinn is a graduate of West Virginia University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sport management. She and her husband, Nathaniel, reside in Morgantown.

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