Amanda Pulido has been selected as UTEP’s new Director of Student-Athlete Development, Vice President and Director of Athletics Jim Senter announced on Friday.
A former UTEP student-athlete, Pulido will begin her duties with the Miners on Monday, January 9.
“We are delighted to bring Amanda back home to lead our Student-Athlete Development unit,” Senter said. “She started her Life Skills career at her alma mater and has gone on to build an impressive resume for a young professional, working at the NCAA and the University of the Incarnate Word. Her leadership will be critical as we strive to provide our student-athletes with the resources needed to excel both academically and athletically, while building the skills necessary to succeed in life. We are excited to see where Amanda can take our program in the years ahead.”
“I am beyond blessed and thankful to rejoin the UTEP Athletics family,” Pulido said. “I want to thank Jim Senter and Julie Levesque for seeing me fit to guide student-athlete development. UTEP and El Paso are home, and my hope is that I can give the UTEP community just as much as it has given me. As an alum of the university and the track and field program, I know how impactful UTEP is in so many student-athletes’ lives. We are going to bring that to life and showcase the amazing work UTEP student-athletes and alums do civically, professionally and personally.”
Pulido rejoins UTEP Athletics with a decade of experience in student-athlete development. She spent the last seven and a half years working at UIW, where she built the Life Skills Department from the ground up. This task included creating innovative career and personal development programming for 500+ student-athletes. She also created the GROW Leadership Institute, the Athletes in Mentorship (AIM) program, and most recently the Women’s Empowerment (WE) Circles. For five years, Pulido led the department’s mental wellness and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts.
Pulido also oversaw community engagement initiatives and events. During her time at UIW, the Cardinals tallied over 41,000 service hours to the San Antonio community. Pulido enjoys crafting service-learning projects to assist with student-athletes’ understanding of civic engagement and moral responsibility.
Her favorite role is advising the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Other
duties garnered over time have included leading all-staff meetings, directing student-athlete recognition programs, managing social media campaigns, editing the Life Skills Website, making yearly updates to the Student-Athlete Handbook, and serving on multiple campus committees.
Prior to her stint at UIW, Pulido spent a year serving as a Postgraduate Intern in the NCAA office of Inclusion. While working at the NCAA, Pulido planned and participated in the execution of Inclusion sponsorship activations that encompassed educational sessions, community engagement, public speaking opportunities, career and college fairs, and designing various sponsorship publications.
Before heading to Indianapolis, Pulido was the Graduate Assistant Life Skills Coordinator for two years at UTEP. She earned her Master’s in Communication Studies. Pulido was a thrower on the UTEP track and field team from 2007–11, during which time she obtained her undergraduate degree with honors in Organization Communication and was a member of UTEP SAAC.
Pulido’s mother, father and older brother all graduated from UTEP.