Theresa Wenzel was named Atlanta Dream Team President on March 1, 2016.
Wenzel, a 21-year sports-industry veteran, spent the previous 10 years prior to her role with the Dream as a top athletic administrator at Georgia Tech, joining the Yellow Jackets in 2005 before being elevated to the position of Senior Women’s Administrator in 2006. She was honored as the 2011 Administrator of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
“Theresa has been a tireless advocate for women’s sports, and particularly women’s basketball, for her entire career – as a player, as a coach and as an administrator,” WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew said.
During her tenure at Georgia Tech, which began in 2005, Wenzel oversaw the women’s basketball, golf, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field and volleyball programs. Under her supervision, the Yellow Jackets women’s tennis team captured the 2007 NCAA National Championship.
“Theresa Wenzel is a great leader and motivator,” Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She is a mentor that brings out the best in those around her. The Atlanta Dream has made a terrific hire. Theresa’s work ethic and commitment to inspiring and supporting those around her will be felt throughout the Dream organization.”
Wenzel was also the athletic department’s non-academic liaison to the Office of Student Affairs while at Tech and was a member of numerous committees including the Georgia Tech Women’s Resource Center Advisory Board, the Title IX Compliance Committee, the GTAA Compliance and Equity Committee, the ACC Women’s Basketball Committee, ACC Softball Committee and the ACC Women’s Tennis Committee.
Prior to arriving in Atlanta, Wenzel served as the Assistant Athletic Director before being promoted to Associate AD for Business Operations at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. She also handled the head coaching duties for the Saints women’s golf team until her departure in 2005, guiding Siena to five consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) titles (2001-05).
In addition, she served as Siena’s intramural director and assistant facilities director for one year.
Wenzel began her career in college athletics at Canisius College where she held the position of assistant women’s basketball coach for three seasons (1994-97).
A basketball letterwinner at Marquette University, Wenzel earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration before later earning a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College.