has joined the Florida Atlantic University athletics staff in the position of senior associate athletic director of compliance, as announced by Brian White
, FAU's vice president and director of athletics, and Elizabeth Rubin, chief compliance and ethics officer. Giardina will oversee the FAU compliance department as well as Title IX while serving as a member of the executive staff.
"We are very excited to welcome Mary to FAU," said White. "Mary comes to us from Duke and the ACC where she gained tremendous experience in compliance. Her extensive knowledge of this area gives us strong leadership in our compliance efforts."
Giardina comes to FAU from Duke, where she most recently served as Executive Director of Compliance, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the compliance office. Her responsibilities included building a rules education curriculum, assisting coaches with interpreting NCAA rules, monitoring initial and continuing eligibility, and managing the processing of NCAA Level III and ACC violations. Giardina also served as a disciplinary advisor and college advisor.
"I'd like to give my sincere thanks to Brian White
for the opportunity to be a part of the FAU family," said Giardina. "His candidness, insight and leadership have been invaluable during this entire process. I could not be more excited for the challenges of this new opportunity."
Prior to her second stint at Duke, Giardina served as the Director of Compliance at the Atlantic Coast Conference. While at the ACC, she piloted a project to improve rules education for ACC members, served as a liaison between institutions and the NCAA, coordinated hearing and maintenance for conference-administered waivers and appeals, and managed the process of NCAA and ACC violations.
Giardina also spent time at Duke as an assistant director of sports information and served as the compliance liaison with an emphasis on monitoring NCAA Bylaw 13. In addition, she coordinated all sports information efforts for several sports. The former Wake Forest varsity track and field athlete got her start in compliance by serving as a compliance assistant at Duke. In that role, she spearheaded the development of a compliance education video for student-athlete certification meetings and also created a monthly compliance newsletter, among other duties.
Giardina has a Bachelor of Science from Wake Forest in exercise science and a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Duke.