Office of Student-Athlete Development Mission

The Student-Athlete Development mission is to prepare student-athletes for peak performance in life. We equip student-athletes with tangible skills and critical information that prepares our students for college experiences and life after college athletics.

Student-Athlete Development

The student-athlete development unit continues to expand its commitment to provide support, resources and opportunities in the following areas:

Career Development

  • Career Education
  • Career Counseling
  • Career Placement

Personal Development

  • Leadership & Character Development
  • Health & Wellness
  • Financial Education

Community Engagement

  • Youth Literacy
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Underserved Communities


The staff members of the student-athlete development unit are:

Erica Nelson-Flowers, Director of Student-Athlete Development
Email: en006@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-4782

Justin Johnson, Associate Director of Student-Athlete Development – Employer Relations
Email: jjjohns@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-2834

Krista Kolbinskie-Smith, Student-Athlete Development Assistant
Email: kbkolbin@uark.edu
Phone: 479-575-3073

Rio Virgoe, Graduate Intern
Email: rdvirgoe@uark.edu


“‘We strive to provide every student-athlete with a remarkable, meaningful experience in every program, every time.”