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Academic Support for Student Athletes

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The Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA) serves as the academic arm of Delaware State University Athletics. The unit houses full-time staff members, including an Associate Athletic Director and Academic Counselors. Academic Services for Student Athletes serves approximately 450 scholarship and non-scholarship athletes in 19 NCAA Division I sports.

ASSA Team, Advisors, and Assignments

Below are our Academic Support for Student Athletes (ASSA) Team Advisors, contacts, and Assignments:

Kyle Graves - ASSA Associate Director
Mr. Kyle Graves - Associate Director
KGraves [at] desu.edu
William C Jason Library - Room 221





Mr. Kendall Harris,  Athletic Academic Advisor
Mr. Kendall Harris, Athletic Academic Advisor
KAHarris [at] desu.edu
William C. Jason Library - Room 227B





Mr. Tim Zinzel,  Athletic Academic Advisor
Mr. Tim Zinzel, Athletic Academic Advisor

TZinzel [at] desu.edu
William C. Jason Library - Room 227A





Ms. Arnise R. King - Eligibility Certification Specialist/Athletic Advisor
Ms. Arnise R. King - Eligibility Certification Specialist/Athletic Advisor,
AKing [at] desu.edu
William C. Jason Library - 
Room - 221A






Academic Support & Student-Athlete Resources

Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA) works with OSS to provide resources for our student population from a continuing eligibility standpoint.  We also understand that our athletes have specific needs, and we do our best to provide resources and support to help them reach their full potential. 

ASSA provides a computer lab for only student-athletes and free printing services.  As part of the onboarding process, we provide the Kane Learning Assessment and our Hornet Risers program to help in the transitional process to college and Delaware State University.  There is also device rental (hotspot(s) and laptop(s) for student and staff use.  A resource we also provide is priority registration in which we work with primary advisors and athletic staff to balance athletic and academic demands as much as possible.  Finally, student-athletes can have their voices heard as participants with our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Learn More About Academic Services Here

NCAA Compliance & Academic Eligibility Certification

ASSA works with Athletics and Compliance to follow and interpret NCAA Bylaws. One of ASSA’s larger responsibilities is related to the student-athletes’ Progress Toward their Degree (PTD) and maintaining eligibility. 

Delaware State University and its athletes are lucky enough to have a certification specialist on staff to assist the teams with athletic certification-related questions from initial intake to graduation.  

Learn More About NCAA Eligibility


Main Location:
William C. Jason Library, 2nd Floor - Suite 227
1200 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE 19901

Student Athlete Lab:
William C. Jason Library, 2nd Floor - Computer Lab - Room 227


Operating Hours:
Mondays - Thursdays: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Fridays: 8:30 AM. to 4:30 PM

Student Athlete Hours:
Mondays - Thursdays: 9 AM - 7 PM
Fridays: 9 AM - 4 PM