Joel Nielsen is a seasoned administrator with over 30 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, serving as a Director of Athletics for 20 years at three institutions. At INCompliance, Joel will be advising clients needing guidance in athletic compliance, gender equity planning, revenue generation, strategic planning and anything associated in managing an athletic department. He has literally been in the shoes of his clients, so he is intimately familiar with the challenges, obstacles, and successes of university/college athletics departments.

In his diverse Director of Athletics career, Joel worked at higher education institutions such as Kent State University (NCAA Division I), The University of South Dakota (managed the reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I), Colorado College (18 programs at NCAA Division III and 2 programs at NCAA Division I). He has experience at both larger public institutions and smaller privates, including Wake Forest University. Needless to say, INCompliance clients find Joel’s institutional knowledge and hands-on experience to be uniquely beneficial.


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Joel Nielsen

Senior Consultant
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