Marcella Zalot - NAC Commissioner

Phone: (207) 616-0571

Marcella Zalot was selected as the Commissioner for the North Atlantic Conference in June of 2016. Zalot became only the second permanent Commissioner as she succeeds Julie Muller who finished her 11th year with the conference on June 30, 2016.   

In her role as Commissioner, Zalot serves as the chief executive of the NAC, reports to the Presidents Council and works closely with the leadership of each member institution to provide direction and support for this well-established New England conference. 

Zalot brings an extensive background in athletics to the NAC, most recently serving as Colby College’s first Harold Alfond Director of Athletics, from July 2002 until December 2014. At Colby, Zalot was responsible for all aspects of the athletic department including hiring and supervision of coaching staff, managing and enhancing Colby’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and overall program development. As the only full-time administrator in the athletics department, Zalot oversaw 32 varsity sports, 12 club sports and the intramural program, while working with over 650 varsity student-athletes, 1,000 students, and 60 coaches and staff annually. Under her leadership, Colby added two artificial turf fields and built one of the finest outdoor track and field complexes in New England. Zalot also led the effort to more than double the assistant coaching staff within a three-year period and was responsible for implementing the Colby Leadership Academy, a leadership development program for students and coaches.

Colby student-athletes demonstrated notable success during Zalot’s tenure, winning four national championships, including Colby’s only NCAA Championship in a team sport, women’s rowing in 2003. Four team sports captured New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championships in a five-year period, while 17 individual student-athletes were crowned NESCAC Champions.

Prior to her tenure as the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics, Zalot served as the Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Colby for five years. She arrived at Colby in 1997 following four years as the Assistant Director of Athletics at Harvard University with primary responsibilities in compliance. Prior to her time at Harvard she worked for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from 1989 to 1992 as an eligibility representative, analyzing and researching violations by NCAA member institutions. Zalot has participated in numerous national and regional initiatives and has been a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. 

Originally from Southampton, Mass., Zalot earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College. While at Smith, she was a goalkeeper on the ’86 women's soccer team that went to the first-ever NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament and was a 1,000-point scorer and two-year captain in women's basketball. A 2013 inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, Zalot still holds Smith records in career rebounds (957), single-season rebounds (315), and rebounds in a game (23). Zalot went on to earn her master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts, while also serving as a graduate assistant coach in women’s basketball.

Kate Roy - NAC Associate Commissioner

Phone: (802) 780-0476

Kate Roy will begin her term as NAC Associate Commissioner on August 6, 2018. Roy becomes only the second permanent Associate Commissioner as she succeeds Shannon O'Brien who left the position in July 2018 after four years of work.

Roy’s primary focus at the NAC will be coordinating all aspects of communication, overseeing all strategic efforts in new media, website development and sports information, and coordinating conference meetings and correspondence for the conference office. In addition, Roy will serve as the championship coordinator for several NAC sports, the advisor for the NAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the primary administrator of the Conference Grant.

Roy enters the conference office after working at NAC member institution Northern Vermont University-Lyndon for the past four years. She arrived at Lyndon in August 2014 as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, managing NCAA compliance, business operations, student-athlete welfare, facilities and contests; and provided oversight to sport programs and sports information. Less than a year into her tenure at Lyndon, the Sports Information Director position was eliminated and Roy took over the communication duties for the department until the position was filled. She was responsible for creating website content, managing social media platforms, and keeping in-game statistics.

Roy also served as the advisor to the Lyndon Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Sport Management Club and taught courses for the Sport Management and Exercise Science programs. Roy has served on the NCAA Division III Management Council since January 2016, and in August 2017, she added campus Title IX Coordinator to her responsibilities. She assumed the role of Management Council Vice Chair following the annual NCAA Meetings that were held in Indianapolis in January 2018. In this role, Roy serves ex officio on the Presidents Council and the Administrative Committee. In May 2018, she was elevated to interim Director of Athletics at Lyndon.

Prior to her appointment at Lyndon, Roy spent 10 years as Head Swimming Coach at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. Roy amassed a .721 win-loss record, produced more than 80 All-New England swimmers, and was recognized as the New England Swimming and Diving Association Women's Coach of the year in 2006. During her tenure, the team was recognized for Academic All-American honors for 20 consecutive semesters. Roy served on the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Committee from 2010-2014 and on the New England Swimming and Diving executive board throughout her time in Maine.

Roy is a 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Communications. She earned a Master of Science degree in Sports and Recreation Management from New England College in 2010.