Student-Athlete Development Staff
Clinkscales will provide oversight to multiple administrative units and sports, including strength and conditioning, sports medicine, nutrition, housing, and student services. He also will serve as the departmental liaison to the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes (ASPSA) and will supervise baseball, wrestling, and men and women's soccer programs. He is also a member of the Athletics Cabinet and participates in financial and capital deliberations.
Sherard is a graduate of Purdue University with a B.A. in history and comes to NC State after two years working for the NCAA at its main headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. With the NCAA, he served as an assistant director of championships. In addition, he was chosen to serve on a number of internal committees.
Sherard drafted and presented sport-specific legislation to the NCAA Championship Cabinets and Management Council, and also led the NCAA's Division III branding initiative throughout all championships.
As Assistant Director of Championships, Clinkscales had direct oversight over seven different championships, including men's and women's soccer, women's lacrosse, national collegiate rifle and the men's hockey. He directed a staff of 35, and was charged with leading the individual sports committees during tournament selections, building relationships with external constituencies, creating revenue opportunities around championships, while managing a budget of roughly $500,000. Sherard continues his service with the NCAA by being appointed to the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. Sherard also serves as Vice Chair for the ACC Wrestling Committee.
Clinkscales came to administration after a long and distinguished career as an athlete, coach and scout in college and professional baseball. A first-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals, he played three seasons in the Royals minor league organization before injuries derailed his playing career. He quickly made the transition to scouting and worked in multiple capacities in a nine-year scouting career with the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays. Clinkscales left the professional ranks in 2006 and served as an assistant baseball coach at Notre Dame from 2006-09, where he was pitching coach and assisted in recruiting.
After injuries cut short his professional playing career, Clinkscales parlayed his connections into a position with the Atlanta Braves as an area scouting supervisor (1997-99).The Indianapolis native later was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays assistant director of scouting (1999-2001) and returned to the Braves as an area scouting supervisor (2001-05) before being promoted to the position of Professional Scout.
While at Purdue, Clinkscales did walk on and play for Gene Keady's 1989-90 basketball team, which finished as Big Ten runner-up. His teammate and roommate on the road was Matt Painter, now head coach of the Boilermakers.
Clinkscales is the cofounder of After Sport Group, an organization that conducts on-campus career workshops for student-athletes.
Sherard is currently pursuing a MS at North Carolina State in the PRTM program with a concentration in sports management.
He and his wife, the former Trisha Lashan Smith (a graduate of Ball State), were married in 1995 and are the parents of a son, Alex (14), and a daughter, Tara (13).
Tonya Washington began her tenure at NC State in 1996 as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Development. She was promoted to director in 1999. She currently serves as the Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Development/Community Relations.
Washington's responsibilities include directing the ImPACK program, which includes the career and personal development and community outreach programs for student-athletes. She also oversees the Department's letterwinner program, and is responsible for the charity ticket and charitable donations program for schools and non-profit organizations. She also coordinates leadership development programs for student-athletes and serves as the advisor to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is also the sport administrator for rifle team.
The Greenwood, S.C. native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1989 and her master's in public administration in 1992. She worked at UNC-Wilmington as Director of Leadership Programs prior to coming to NC State.
Washington has a 12-year-old son, Drew and a daughter, Briana, who is eight.