UK hires NCAA compliance officer to monitor football program

The University of Kentucky has hired a NCAA compliance officer to help monitor the school’s football program, Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart announced Tuesday.

Rachel Newman Baker, who has been NCAA managing director of enforcement for development and investigations, will be UK’s Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance. In that capacity, she will assist UK’s chief compliance officer, Sandy Bell, who will concentrate on compliance in the men’s basketball program. Newman Baker will begin her duties on July 8.

A native of Berea, Newman Baker was the NCAA director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities from 2005-11.  She began her time with the NCAA as an intern in enforcement services in 2001.

Barnhart cited the increasing scope of rules compliance as a reason to hire Newman Baker.

“We just need some more help, a few more bodies, if you will, to help us with that,” he said. “What Rachel brings is a 30,000-foot view of what’s going on in the world of compliance.”

Newman Baker played women’s basketball at Berea College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1999. She received a master’s degree in sports administration in 2001 at Ohio State. While at Ohio State, Newman Baker was a graduate assistant in the athletics compliance office.

“Sandy has been a great friend of mine for 11 years,” Barnhart said of Bell. “There’s no one I trust more. But every once in a while, you need more help.”