Northwestern State hires Slay in academic services

Northwestern State athletics’ academic services team added a new face in former Missouri and Western Kentucky advisor CaTika Slay, announced assistant athletic director for student-athlete development Kaitlyn McCanna on Thursday.

Slay’s hire is subject to the approval of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, which oversees NSU.

She’ll provide academic support for softball, soccer, tennis and the football offense as well as oversee the department’s tutoring program.

“We’re excited to welcome CaTika to the staff,” McCanna said. “Her experience as a former women’s track and field student-athlete and work at other universities in various athletic academic support roles will be a great fit to help us continue in our efforts to provide the best student-athlete experience and academic support for our Demons.”

Slay most recently served as an assistant learning specialist in Missouri’s Athletic Training Complex tasked with implementing learning plans and documenting student-athletes’ academic progress among other duties.

In her previous mentoring role at Missouri, Slay tutored football and women’s golf student-athletes.

Slay completed her masters in recreation and sport administration at Western Kentucky in 2018. She served as a graduate assistant in academic services in charge of WKU’s online life skills program Athlete Bridge to Career Development.

As a student-athlete at WKU and Marshall, Slay competed in track and field, placing in the top five five different times in the heptathlon and pentathlon at the Conference USA Championships.

The Memphis native is a member of multiple professional development groups, including the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the National Association for Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals.