Marcell Diggs, a 2020 graduate of St. Olaf College who interned for the NCAA national office in 2020-21, has joined the Tufts University Department of Athletics as its first Future Leader Graduate Fellow.
As part of this two-year program, Diggs is pursuing a master’s degree in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership within the Tufts Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He is also working within the various units of the Athletics Department - facilities, events and game operations; fundraising, development and alumni engagement; business operations and compliance; marketing, communications and social media; and student affairs, student recreation and club sports - as well as interacting with athletics partners around campus.
Tufts alumni Lisa and Tom Gorman stepped up enthusiastically and generously to fund this first two-years of the program. This fellowship represents a unique opportunity for a future leader to launch their career in intercollegiate athletics and further their education at a world class university. The goal of the program is to also increase opportunities for underrepresented populations to work in the field of intercollegiate athletics.
Diggs earned a degree in Economics at St. Olaf, where he was also a member of the Ole's football and track & field teams. He was elected as a football captain for his sophomore season and held that leadership role for three years. He also served as President of St. Olaf Athletics' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from May 2019 to May 2020. A student worker within St. Olaf Athletics, he was also selected to be a part of the committees to hire new track and & field and women's hockey coaches at the university.
At the NCAA National office, where he worked in the Administrative Services office, Diggs assisted in the areas of operations, business performance management, human resources, information services, internal auditing and finance. In addition to his internship at the NCAA national office, he also participated in the NCAA's Division III Student Immersion Program in January 2019, the NCAA Next Steps Program in June 2019 and the NCAA Career in Sports Forum also in June 2019. During the summer of 2019 he was an administrative intern for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.