Joan Cronan

Class of 2019

  • Cronan worked 29 years as the Women’s Athletic Director at
    Tennessee from 1983 to 2012. Also, was the Athletics Director at
    the College of Charleston for 10 years.
  • In 1969, she coached the Women’s Basketball team at Tennessee
    and led the team to the fi rst-ever National Invitational Collegiate
    Basketball Tournament.
  • She was the fi rst recipient of the NCAA President’s Pat Summitt
    Award in 2017
  • Joan Cronan won the Women of Achievement Award: “Women who
    make a difference” by the International Women’s Forum in 2009.
  • She served in many organizations including president of the NACDA,
    president of NACWAA, NCAA’s executive committee, US Sports
    Academy board of Trustees, president of the Tennessee Sports Hall
    of Fame and president of the Executive Women’s Association.
  • Cronan was inducted into LSU’s Alumni Hall of distinction in 1995
    and won the WBCA leadership award in 1987.