OAKLAND NAMES MARI RAKIJAS ASSISTANT AD FOR COMPLIANCE
Rakijas comes to Oakland from Eastern Michigan
ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland University Athletics named Mari Rakijas Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, announced Director of Athletics Jeff Konya on Wednesday. Rakijas, a native of Yorba Linda, Calf., will oversee the day-to-day compliance operations, monitoring financial aid and ensuring eligibility for student-athletes with NCAA, Horizon League and Oakland University rules.
"We are very pleased with the addition of Mari to our team," said Konya. "I have complete confidence that she will be a great fit to our culture and uphold the core values of the Ethos of Oakland University Athletics of providing a first-class experience to our student-athletes."
Prior to Oakland, Rakijas served as the Assistant Director of Compliance at Eastern Michigan University where she developed a new tracking system to ensure all incoming student-athletes completed their required tasks prior to arriving on campus and monitored all recruiting and eligibility for all sports. She also drafted waivers in all areas to benefit student-athletes and the institution.
Rakijas spent a year at the University of Michigan as the compliance services intern reviewing and updating compliance policies and procedures while monitoring CARA/recruiting for all 31 sports. In addition, she also served as the compliance intern to the deputy athletics director at Johns Hopkins University for two years helping drafted proposed NCAA DIII legislation and wrote a proposal to add women's lacrosse to the Big Ten as an affiliate member.
Rakijas graduated Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2015 and earned a bachelor of arts degree in international relations from American University in 2012.
Rakijas, resides in Canton, Mich.