HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss Athletics Department announces the hiring of Kylie Amato as its new Associate Athletics Director for Academic Support Services. Amato joins the Golden Eagles after spending the past seven years as an Academic Counselor at Mississippi State.
"I'm very pleased to welcome Kylie to Southern Miss," said Southern Miss Director of Athletics Bill McGillis. "She brings tremendous experience, a great reputation and a strong skill set that will complement our current staff and benefit all of our student-athletes. Most importantly, Kylie brings a passion for serving student-athletes and a deep personal commitment to their well-being that will facilitate life-long success. She will be an outstanding addition to our team, and contribute immensely to our mission of Winning in the Classroom, Winning on the Playing Field and Winning in the Community."
At Mississippi State, Amato served as the Academic Athletic Counselor for football (2009-16), while also working with the Bulldogs' volleyball team for one year. Amato's duties primarily involved advising student-athletes on a daily basis to help them achieve academic success. Her duties also included monitoring academic progress to ensure eligibility with NCAA academic requirements and ultimately graduation, as well as communicating periodic status updates to coaching staffs to keep them informed of student-athletes' academic progress.
In addition, Amato worked closely with learning specialists to help ensure proper support and guidance was provided to all student-athletes with diagnosed learning disabilities, she designated tutor requirements and study hall hours for student-athletes, and she communicated regularly with faculty advisors to ensure all graduation requirements were being met through each academic department on campus. Amato also coordinated faculty advisement between the Office of Athletic Academic Support Services and all academic departments on campus. During the summer months, Amato implemented a Summer Bridge Program for incoming freshman football players to help aid in the transition between high school and college. In addition to these academic pursuits, Amato aided in coordinating community service events for all student-athletes.
Prior to her employment at Mississippi State, Amato served seven years in the Student-Athlete Academic Services Office at Florida State University. She began her employment in a postgraduate internship program, working primarily with football and men's basketball student-athletes. After a year, she was promoted to full-time status as an academic counselor and she worked with the women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, soccer, softball, and men and women's tennis teams for several years. After five years as an academic counselor, Amato was promoted to Assistant Director of Academic Services, where she continued working with the women's basketball, baseball, and women's tennis teams, while taking on additional duties including the education of all academic staff regarding the advising of student-athletes.
Amato, a native of Toomsuba, Miss., was a letterwinner in volleyball at the University of West Alabama, where she earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2000. She began her career in coaching and joined the Northwestern State University volleyball program as a graduate assistant coach. While there, she earned her master's degree in Sports Administration in 2001. Amato continued her education by completing a second master's at the University of West Alabama in Continuing Education with a concentration in Counseling / Psychology in December, 2012. Amato is currently an active member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).
Amato begins her duties for Southern Miss on May 31.