Cone and Stanford Director of Athletics Bernard Muir will replace current committee chair Ron Wellman, the director of athletics at Wake Forest University, and Big Sky Conference commissioner Doug Fullerton, whose terms expire Aug. 31.
Cone has been the director of athletics at UNC Asheville for the past nine years. Prior to arriving in Asheville, Cone was the associate director of athletics at Samford University, a post she took after coaching the Bulldogs’ women’s basketball team for five seasons. Before going to Samford, Cone served as assistant director of athletics, head women’s basketball coach and volleyball coach at Saint Leo University, as well as head women’s basketball coach at Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College.
Cone has a long history of service to the NCAA, having been appointed to the Women’s Basketball Issues Committee as well as the Division I Leadership Council. A native of Summerville, S.C., she is a 1978 graduate of Furman University, where she was named Physical Education Student of the Year while lettering in basketball and field hockey. Cone earned her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986.
“Having been a former student-athlete, basketball coach, and now director of athletics, I am honored to represent UNC Asheville and the Big South Conference, and thankful to be chosen to serve on the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee,” said Cone. “I look forward to working with (NCAA vice president for men’s basketball) Dan Gavitt and the distinguished group of committee members. I am committed to being a team player with a focus on keeping basketball a great sport for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. I am anxious to play my role and ready to begin this unbelievable journey.”