Chicago State University’s Athletic department currently sponsors 14 sports – seven men’s programs and seven women’s in NCAA Division I. Athletics is a broad term encompassing the competitive sports and games requiring physical skill, and the systems of training that prepare athletes for competition performance. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States

The Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services provides academic counseling for the intercollegiate athletic team members and monitoring their progress; determining appropriate intervention strategies when necessary; creating weekly academic progress reports; traveling with the teams; assisting with initial and continuing eligibility; overseeing the tutoring process; This individual is responsible for directing academic support services for student-athletes, enabling them to maintain athletic eligibility, to make reasonable progress towards graduation, and to graduate from the University within a 4-5 year time frame.
The Assistant Athletic Director for Business Affairs administers the department of athletics annual budget. The AADBA coordinates the planning, development, organization and monitoring of both restricted and unrestricted budgets, detailing revenues and expenditures for a program that supports all intercollegiate sports. They play an important role in preparing financial reports, forecasting, staff education, and contract development and review. Also represent athletics on business matters to campus constituents, including Human Resources, Financial Accounting Services, Finance and Administration and the Bursar
Assist the Head Coach in carrying out assigned responsibilities including organizing team travel, video editing, recruiting student-athletes, on-court coaching, summer camps, public appearances, monitoring academics, and other administrative duties as assigned. Assistant Coach provides sport activity supervision, training and coaching to student athletes as assigned by the Head Coach. Commitment to the academic success of student-athletes is always a primary goal.
The Athletic Compliance Officer is a critical part of the athletic program. The Compliance Officer oversees all aspects of student-athlete recruiting by the university, ensuring all rules and regulations set forth by the institution, the conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are followed. The Compliance Officer monitors the recruiting process; determines eligibility of athletes; monitors academic performance to ensure continued eligibility; updates and revises the student-athlete compliance manual; and prepares and submits all NCAA paperwork. The Compliance Officer should have a general knowledge of applicable NCAA legislation and be proficient with communication.
The Athletic Director is responsible for executive leadership for an NCAA Division I athletic program at the highest level of national standards, including: Providing leadership and sound decision-making with regard to all athletic department matters, including fiscal affairs, personnel, strategic planning, facilities, public relations, and general operations. Providing leadership to ensure that the university’s department of intercollegiate athletics has a highly competent and diverse coaching, administrative, and support staff consistent with the mission of the university. The Athletic Director is responsible for supervision of coaches and athletic department personnel, as well as for fostering an environment of success within the department. The Athletic Director provides leadership that adheres to the highest standards of integrity in academic, financial, and business matters, as well as NCAA rules and regulations. The Athletic Director maintains appropriate athletic department policies, procedures, and practices, and ensuring consistency with all University policies, NCAA rules and certification requirements, and all state and federal laws, including Title IX. The Athletic Director ensures an environment that promotes student-athlete health and welfare and a commitment to strong academic values. Commitment to the academic success of student-athletes is always a primary goal.
Athletic trainers prevent, examine and treat injuries of an athlete. Athletic trainers will also work with team doctors to help athletes through rehabilitation. Other responsibilities of an athletic trainer can include recommending special diets for athletes and ordering equipment and supplies. Keeping records of athletes with whom they work is required. After a competition athletic trainers treat minor injuries that occur during the game such as small bruises and sore muscles. Athletic trainers often possess a related certification.
The fitness center coordinator coordinates the operation of the university fitness center. The fitness center coordinator instructs or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities and the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. They observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. They explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.

To comply with NCAA requirements that NCAA member institutions appoint a Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR); to ensure the academic integrity of the College athletics program by representing the university and its faculty to the NCAA; to provide advice to the Athletic Director and the President; and to promote a balance between academics, athletics and the social lives of student athletes to ensure they enjoy the full spectrum of collegiate experiences available to students generally.

The FAR represents the College as a delegate to the annual Faculty Athletic Representative Association Convention; represents the College as a delegate to the NCAA annual convention. Meet with the President and Director of Athletics to establish the University’s voting positions on legislation; serves as one of five recognized individuals authorized to make contact with NCAA legislative services and staff; participates in searches for senior athletics department administrators and head coaches; conducts periodic review of information that relates to the academic wellbeing of student athletes, and communicate to the faculty academic matters relating to student athletes (missed class time related to travel for competition, student athlete schedules, team GPAs, etc).

The FAR must be a full-time tenured faculty member. The FAR may not be a member of the Athletic Department as a coach or administrator. The FAR is appointed by, and reports directly to the President.

Athletic Coaches can coach many different types of sports teams, such as baseball, basketball, golf, volleyball and track. They work with athletes to train them for competition before a game. Athletic Coaches are professionally trained in the workings of strategies, rules, and methods of their sport. The coach must have knowledge in the different types of equipment used in sports, physical fitness, and safety rules. The coach must have exemplary skills in communication and leadership, perform well under pressure, and have the experience and confidence necessary in coaching a winning team. Commitment to the academic success of student-athletes is always a primary goal.
The Sports Information Director documents and publicizes the accomplishments of athletes and teams for the university. The sports information director works as a liaison between the university and the local or national media. They compile statistics for each sport at a school, collect information on each athlete, put together media guides for each sport, and write up press releases for the sports program. They also update information on school web sites. The sports information director typically track official statistics for each sport at a school, then issue this information to various media outlets, the league or conference, and eventually compile the information in media guides. These statistics can be used to assist the media on stories or emerging trends. The sports information director collects information from each player to provide biographical information for media outlets, media guides, and rosters.
The Strength and Conditioning Coach provides expertise, guidance, and training in the area of strength training and physical conditioning for all student-athletes and sports teams. Schedule strength and conditioning workouts in cooperation with the head coach of each specific sport. Head Strength & Conditioning Coach often possess a related certification.