Northern Sun Conference Promotes From Within To Fill Commissioner’s Post
The fifth commissioner in the history of the Northern Sun Conference will also be the first female to lead the league.
Current NSIC Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator Erin Lind has been promoted to take over for Butch Raymond, who retires at the end of June.
Lind, a Prior Lake, Minnesota native, has been on staff with the conference since 2001, and told me she’s excited about the opportunities and challenges awaiting her:
Her love for the conference was born during her college days at Southwest Minnesota State, where she played basketball for the Mustangs, finishing as the school’s seventh all-time leading scorer when she graduated in 2001.
She says her experience as an athlete will shape her as a commissioner:
Lind says there are plenty of issues facing college athletics at every level these days, but she’s proud that Division II has maintained a far greater balance between student and athlete than the Division I level:
Lind will be just the third female commissioner at the Division II level when she takes over in July, joining eight females in charge of Division I conferences. She says there are plenty of people, male and female, that helped mold her into the administrator she is today:
On the top of her priority list now is the NSIC Softball Tournament, which takes place in Sioux Falls this week at Sherman Park. As is often the case in the Upper Midwest this time of the year, the weather is creating the biggest challenge:
The softball tournament is just one of many championship events the NSIC brings to Sioux Falls on a regular basis, along with the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at the Sanford Pentagon in March.
Sioux Falls is on the verge of becoming the home for a long list of national championship events at the NCAA Division II level and Lind says the city is the perfect host: