In her 15th year on the Husky athletics staff, University of Washington graduate Karen Baebler enters her sixth year as assistant director of athletics for sports operations in 2011-12.
Baebler, who was a women's basketball team manager under coach Joyce Sake as an undergraduate student at UW, has served in the position of the Huskies' assistant director of Olympic sports since July of 1997. She has been heavily involved in a number of significant initiatives during that time, including the oversight of the award-winning Nordstrom Tennis Center and the internationally-recognized Windermere Cup Regatta.
"Karen has done a fantastic job here at the UW and her promotion is certainly well deserved," said Todd Turner, UW's director of athletics. "She has a great deal of diversity in her experiences here at Washington and she will help keep our student-athletes and teams organized and on track for success on and off the field. She will continue to be a strong asset for our management team in her new role."
A 1988 graduate of UW, Baebler earned a master's degree in athletic administration from Ball State University in July of 1995. Since that time, she worked as an events manager at Ball State and UW as well as a sting at the Meydenbauer Convention Center in Bellevue, Wash. before moving to her current position.
While at Washington, Baebler has directed operations for 18 Husky athletic programs, served as tournament director for a number of NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference championships and coordinated several campus and community programs.