Adaeze Alaeze-Dinma was named the Springfield College coordinator of student-athlete leadership development and sports communications assistant as part of the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship program.

Alaeze-Dinma was most recently at Indiana University where she was an Excellence Academy, Leadership, and Life Skills intern. While in Bloomington, Alaeze-Dinma assisted in the facilitation of the minority, international, and LGTBQ student-athlete groups, helped set up community service opportunities, and aided in the facilitation of the university Leadership and Life Skills workshops for all student-athletes.

"I am very excited to be joining the Springfield College family. It's very important to be a part of an organization where all parties see the value in one another, and I'm looking forward to learning, growing, and connecting with the student-athletes, staff, and faculty," said Alaeze-Dinma.

The Baltimore native brings a wealth of experiences from her time as a student-athlete, as she was a four-year women's basketball standout at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). A two-time Atlantic-10 All-Conference selection, Alaeze-Dinma graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting before playing professionally in Vigo, Spain, and in Tenerife de Santa Cruz, Canary Islands, Spain. A member of the Nigerian Women's Basketball National Team, Alaeze-Dinma later returned to VCU to earn her master’s in sport leadership, where she was named the Center for Sport Leadership Student of the Year.

This new position at Springfield College is supported by the NCAA as part of the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant program. The grant was created to provide financial assistance to Division III institutions and conferences to increase ethnic minority and gender representation among intercollegiate athletic administrative positions. The grant is a two-year program that provides funding for full-time, entry-level positions. Springfield College was one of 43 Division III institutions or conferences to receive the grant for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years.