Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR)

Words from “a FAR”

    Dr. Jonathan Gates

As the Nyack College Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), I am available to student-athletes, coaches, and the faculty of Nyack College as a resource person to assist in developing and maintaining healthy working relationships and overseeing the integrity of the athlete’s academic experience.  The FAR assists in ensuring that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics and is involved in developing and supporting the athletics program and in maintaining the welfare of the student-athlete.  The following materials have been designed to encourage the Nyack College community to pursue excellence in the classroom and on the playing field.  If at any time you have a question or concern, please contact me at jonathan.gates@nyack.edu or call me at 845-675-4523. 


Some Tips for Student-Athletes

Be pro-active: As soon as you receive a copy of your game schedule (online or in print) provide a copy to your professors.

Be pro-active: If you know that you have a contest scheduled for the same day and time as a scheduled exam in one or more of your classes, speak to the professor in advance to make alternative arrangements.

Be pro-active: If you have an exam study session and it conflicts with practice, speak to your coach before the study session.

Be pro-active: If you are injured during practice or a contest and it will affect your attendance or activity in class, e-mail the professor as soon as you are able.

Be pro-active: If you must miss class for travel, rehab, and/or a contest, be certain to request any handouts, assignments, or information about the class session before you leave campus. Be pro-active: If you are struggling in a class, speak to your coach and instructo as soon as possible.

Be pro-active: If you feel that a professor has treated you unfairly regarding class attendance, grading, work missed, or a similar matter because you are a student-athlete or if a coach causes you to miss class because of practice, or requires too many hours of practice, or the like, please contact the FAR to discuss your situation.  


NCAA Division II Coaches Certification Test Information and Link

All Nyack College Coaches who will be engaging in any off-campus recruiting contacts or activities must successfully pass the NCAA coaches test (minimum 32/40) each year as part of the NCAA requirements.  Coaches who pass the current  test for the 2013-14 season will be certified through July 2014.  If a coach does not pass the test, he/she may not retake the exam for at least 30 days.

Dr. Jonathan Gates serves as Nyack College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) and proctors all certification tests. 

Test Information:
Normally, tests will be offered 4 times a year to the coaching staff: two during the fall semester and two during the spring semester. Coaches must sign up in advance to take the test in order to provide adequate space and equipment.  The test will be given online.  (Those with a documented learning disability and approved by the CACC, may request special accommodations.) 

Coaches will have 80 minutes to answer 40 questions.  The test consists of true and false and multiple-choice questions related to legislation contained in the official NCAA Divisions I and II Bylaws 12 (amateurism), (13 recruiting), 14.02 (eligibility definitions and applications), 14.3 (freshmen academic requirements), 14.4 (continuing eligibility), 14.5 (transfer regulations), 15.02 (financial aid definitions and applications) and 15.3 (terms and conditions of awarding institutional financial aid).  The Division II test also includes questions related to Bylaws 10 (ethical conduct), 16 (awards and benefits), 17.02 (definitions and applications) and 17.1 (general playing-season regulations).   

NCAA Coaches Practice Exam (Division II)



NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics:

This is to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarships are for ethnic minorities and women interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a sports-related field.

The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to women college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The one-time $7,500 scholarships are non-renewable grants awarded once per school year.

Awardees of the scholarship must be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies during the 2014-15 academic year and have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics. Awardees must be a full-time student at all times while using the award.

The application deadline is Monday, December 16. Applicants can apply using the NCAA Program Hub submission system. For access to the online submission system, you may log onto.

Official transcript(s) must be uploaded into the system, not later than December 16, 2013 in order for the application to be considered.

Thank you for your support of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Scholarship. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Thomas at lthomas@ncaa.org or 317/917-6683.

2013-14 NCAA Walter Byers and Jim McKay Scholarship Nominations:

The nomination process for the distinguished 2013-14 NCAA Walter Byers and Jim McKay Scholarships is now open. Online nominations must be submitted not later than Wednesday, January 15, 2014, by 5 p.m. EST.

The Walter Byers Scholarship Program provides one male and one female student-athlete a $24,000 postgraduate scholarship in recognition of outstanding undergraduate achievement (minimum of 3.5 cumulative grade point average) and potential for success in postgraduate study in their chosen careers. The scholarship may be renewed for a second year.

The Jim McKay Scholarship Program:

The Jim McKay Scholarship Program provides for one male and one female student-athlete a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic achievement (minimum of 3.5 cumulative grade point average) and potential to make a major contribution in the sports communications industry.

See here for access to the online nomination system.

Should you have any questions regarding these two scholarship programs please contact Lori Thomas at 317­-917­-6683 or at lthomas@ncaa.org.