STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern Athletics' Senior Woman Administrator Cathy Beene has been elected to chair the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Committee for the 2011-2012 athletics season pending approval of the NCAA Division I Championships/Sport Management Cabinet. A member of the committee since 2009, Beene ascends to the leadership role for her final year on the committee. This will be Beene's second stint as chair for the committee, serving from 1993-1997 while coaching tennis at the Division I level.

"I'm humbled that my colleagues have chosen me to lead the Division I Tennis Committee for a second time," said Cathy Beene. "Being selected to chair a national committee is a tremendous honor for both Georgia Southern University and the Southern Conference."

The NCAA tennis committee is responsible for the administration of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships as well as selection of tournament participants. The committee consists of 12 total members, six representing Men's Tennis and six representing Women's Tennis, Beene is also the chair of the Men's Tennis subcommittee.

A successful coach for more than 20 years, Beene relinquished her coaching responsibilities in the spring of 2002 to devote her entire attention to administrative duties, trading the title of coach for assistant athletic director and later associate athletic director. She arrived at Georgia Southern in 1996 as the director of tennis and head women's tennis coach, and was named Senior Woman Administrator on October 1, 1999.

This was not the first time Beene has balanced administrative work with her duties as a head coach. Prior to her arrival in Statesboro, Beene was the head women's tennis coach, associate athletic director and Senior Woman Administrator at the University of Texas at Arlington for three years.

Before that, Beene spent seven years at the University of Houston, where she helped resurrect the women's tennis program into one of the NCAA's elite programs. While at Houston, she served as assistant athletic director and senior woman administrator in charge of student services for five years before being promoted to associate athletic director in 1993. In addition, Beene served on the NACDA Executive Committee.

A 1973 graduate of Lamar University, Beene's playing, coaching and administrative skills were recognized by her alma mater when she was inducted into the Lamar University Hall of Fame in 1995.

Beene previously served as a member of the NCAA Championship and Competition Cabinet and is the chair of the Southern Conference Women's Tennis Committee. She is the former chair for the SoCon Softball Committee and SoCon Senior Woman Administrators Committee.