Penn State Behrend Athletic Director Brian Streeter Named NCAA Water Polo Secretary-Rules Editor
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Brian Streeter, the Director of Athletics at Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) league member Penn State-Behrend, is the new National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) secretary-rules editor for men’s and women’s water polo.
Streeter will replace long-time water polo secretary-rules editor Barbara Kalbus when her term ends September 1.
The secretary-rules editor serves as the official rules interpreter in sports for which the NCAA writes playing rules. The SRE also serves as the membership editor of the rules book for that sport.
Streeter applied for the position because he believes administrators and coaches should do all they can in terms of serving on NCAA sports and rules committees. In the last decade, Streeter has served on the NCAA Women’s Water Polo and NCAA Men’s Water Polo Committees.
“Ten years ago, we built a pool on our campus, which was something we’d never had,” Streeter said. “We started a swimming team and at the same time we were introduced to water polo. It was a great sport for us to add.”
Once he saw the sport in action, Streeter became intrigued.
“Being a former basketball coach, I saw a lot of similarities in the two sports,” Streeter said. “They set picks in water polo just like in basketball.”
Streeter said starting men’s and women’s water polo programs have added more diversity to the athletics department and around campus.
“We are located on Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania,” Streeter said. “You are normally not going to get kids from California, Florida and Texas to go to school here. But once we added the sport, we began enrolling students from different areas of the country.”
Streeter brings a diverse background to the position, as well. He has coached at the high school, junior college and NCAA levels over the last 35 years. Besides men’s basketball, he has also coached men’s and women’s tennis and men’s golf.
“By serving on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Water Polo Committees, I’ve met some great people,” Streeter said “The sport is made up of tremendous administrators and coaches. I am always impressed by the phenomenal student-athletes. I just felt I needed to step up and do a job like this to help the sport.”
A member of the multi-divisional Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Board of Directors and chair of the organization's Championships Committee, he recently completed his tenure on the NCAA Water Polo Committee and served as chairman of the committee in 2009. He was just elected to the Collegiate Water Polo Association Board of Directors in June 2010.
In 2001, Streeter was named one of two ECAC Jostens Administrators of the Year and served as the ECAC President during the 2004-05 academic year overseeing an organization which serves Divisions I, II, and III colleges and universities in locations from Maine to North Carolina.
The 2004-05 recipient of the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award from the All-Amercian Football Foundation, Streeter was recognized "for his ongoing support of college athletics and his continued support of college football".
A past commissioner of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC), he participated in numerous AMCC subcommittees. In addition to his service on the NCAA Water Polo Commitee, he served on the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee and Mid-Atlantic Selection Committee for Women's Softball.
In addition, he has led the blue and white to consistent success in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) as the Behrend Lions have captured eight of the past nine league Presidents Cups, presented to the most accomplished athletic program in conference competition.
Prior to joining Behrend, Streeter spent fourteen years as an assistant athletics director and head coach of men's basketball at Hobart College. He is a five-time winner of the Schoenfeld Regional Sportsmanship Award given by the College Basketball Officials Association. In 1995, he earned top honors for the same award nationwide. He also was named the Geneva, New York, American Red Cross Volunteer of the Year in 1993.
A graduate of Texas A&M University, he received his master's degree from Ithaca College.