Academic Staff

Fernandez West // Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services

Hometown: Cornelia, Georgia

Joined UAB staff: 2015

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Football | Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services

Education: Clemson University: B.S. Industrial Management, 1990; University of Arkansas: M.B.A., 1996

Athletic / Professional Background: Clemson Football student-athlete 1985-1990; University of Arkansas Men's Basketball Academic Coordinator 1996-2002; University of Arkansas Academic Coordinator for Men's Athletics 1999-2002; Associate Director Thornton Athletics Student Life Center 2002-2015; Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services 2015-current.

Best Part of my job: Helping teach students the process of education and then watching them apply these skills into becoming a more developed and informed person.

Favorite Quote: "Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations" - Dr. Mae Jemison

Family: Wife-Bridgette; Children-Nicholas and Chloe

Justin Mackey // Assistant Athletic Director - Student-Athlete Development

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Hometown: Bonner Springs, KS

Joined UAB staff: 2012

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Men's Basketball | Director of SAAC/Life Skills & Community Relations

Education: University of Kansas, B.A. Communication Studies, 2004; University of Kansas, M.A. Communication Studies, 2008.

Athletic / Professional Background: Assistant Director of the Strategic Tutoring Program at University of Kansas, 2004-08; Associate Director of Academic Counseling at University of Kansas, 2008-13; Director of Student-Athlete Support Service at UAB, 2012-2014.

Best Part of my job: The best part of my job is getting to work with student-athletes from their recruitment through their graduation, and ultimately seeing them take the next step to graduate school or their first job. I enjoy assisting with their progression as a student and athlete and developing relationships with each student-athlete I have the privilege to work with.

Favorite Quote: "Give the world THE BEST you've got and the best will come back to you." -Forrest "Phog" Allen

Katie Letcher // Assistant Director, Student-Athlete Development

Hometown: Wesley Chapel, NC

Joined UAB staff: 2014

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Assistant Director of Student Athlete Development focusing on Career Development

Education: Appalachian State University, B.S. Recreation Management, 2011; Florida State University, M.S. Higher Education in Student Affairs.

Athletic / Professional Background: Graduate Assistant, Florida State University Career Center (2011-2013) Student-Athlete Mentor, Tutor, and Administrative Assistant, Florida State University Student Athlete Academic Support Services (2011-2013)
Marketing & Employer Relations Specialist, UAB Career & Professional Development (2013-2014)

Best Part of my job: Being able to show student-athletes how they can transfer their skills from the field/court to their resumes and interviews. Providing them with valuable professional development resources they can take with them throughout their college and professional careers.

Favorite Quote: "Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody" -Kid President

Caitlin Callaghan // Academic Counselor & SAAC Coordinator

Hometown: Naperville, Il

Joined UAB staff: 2014

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Women's Rifle, Women's Bowling & Women's Volleyball/Sand Volleyball, SAAC Coordinator

Education: DePaul University, B.A. Physical Education, 2009; Concordia University Chicago, MA School Counseling, 2014

Athletic / Professional Background: DePaul University four year Women's Volleyball student-athlete (2005-2008), Physical Educator at Naperville North High School (2010-2014), Men's and Women's assistant varsity volleyball coach at Naperville North High School (2009-2014).

Best Part of my job: Working with student-athletes

Favorite Quote: "Stick to the fight when you're hardest hit. It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."

Family: Parents: Mick & Mary Kay; Siblings: Marty (wife Kathleen), Dan (wife Betsy), & Jill (husband Josh).

Interests: Practicing and teaching yoga, spending time with nieces and nephew, learning how to play golf and tennis, Chicago sports, exploring Birmingham

Greg Green // Coordinator of Football Academics

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Joined UAB staff: 2011

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Football, Women's Track & Field/Women's Cross Country

Education: Winona State University, B.S. Psychology & Kinesiology, 1992; Ashwood University, M.A. Physcial Education, 2007.

Athletic / Professional Background: Won 15 Championship rings as a player and coach.

Best Part of my job: Working with the students.

Favorite Quote: Proverb 3:5-6

Family: Wife, Jacquelyn; Children, Kira, Kesha, Jazmine, and Greg Jr.

Josh Young // Academic Counselor

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

Joined UAB staff: 2013

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Football, Women's Basketball & Women's Softball

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Broadcast Journalism, 2010; University of Southern California, M.Ed. Post-Secondary Administration & Student Affairs, 2012.

Athletic / Professional Background: Student Manager for the University of Illinois Women's Softball team, 2006-10; Learning Assistant at USC Student Athlete Academic Services, 2010-11; Graduate Intern at USC Office of Athletic Compliance and Trojan Athletic Fund, 2011-12; NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs Postgraduate Intern, 2012-13.

Best Part of my job: I love to see athletic programs come together to create the best possible academic and athletic experience for student-athletes.

Favorite Quote: "Dream in detail."

Interests: Traveling and lifting extremely heavy weights!

Josh Watson // Academic Counselor

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Hometown: Wright, Wyoming

Joined UAB staff: 2003

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Baseball & Women's Golf, Men's Tennis

Education: Chadron State College, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998; University of Northern Colorado, M.A. Physical Education, 2001.

Athletic / Professional Background: Intern, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2003; Academic Advisor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005 to current.

Best Part of my job: Watching the maturation process of the students I work with, and being a part of their growth and development into the next phase of their lives.

Favorite Quote: John 3:16

Interests: Family and friends, college athletics, and action movies.

Drew Barnette // Academic Counselor

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Hometown: Louisville, KY

Joined UAB staff: 2008

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Men's Soccer & Women's Soccer

Education: Xavier University, B.A. History, 2002; University of Dayton, M.A. College Student Personnel, 2006.

Athletic / Professional Background: Assistant Academic Counselor at Wright State University, 2005-2008.

Best Part of my job: Working with the student-athletes and coaches

Favorite Quote: "Enough isn't." - Brad Brownell

Interests: College athletics, history, reading and writing.

Sarah Miller // Academic Support Coordinator

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Joined UAB staff: 2013

Education: The University of Alabama, B.S. Kinesiology, 2010. The University of Alabama, M.A. Sports Management, 2013

Athletic / Professional Background: Jacksonville State University two year Women's Soccer student-athlete, 2006-2008; Ticket Office Associate at UAB, 2013-2014.

Best Part of my job: Being able to watch student-athletes succeed both in the classroom and on the field.

Favorite Quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time” – Thomas Edison

Interest: College Athletics, Running, Soccer

Austin Kaiser // Student-Athlete Development Coordinator

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Joined UAB staff: 2015

Team Assignments / Responsibilities: Football, Women's Tennis/Student-Athlete Development

Education: Colorado Mesa University, B.A. Exercise Science, 2014; The University of Alabama, M.A. Sport Management, 2015.

Athletic / Professional Background: Baseball student-athlete at Colorado Mesa University (2009-2014); 2014 Division II National Player of the Year and 2014 Division II All-Academic of the Year; President of CMU Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2013-2014); Teaching and research assistant and outbound ticket sales representative in The University of Alabama's College of Education and athletic department (2014-2015).

Best Part of my job: Being a resource of preparation and development for student-athletes and watching them mature into successful leaders on campus, on the field, and in the community.

Favorite Quote: “Luck happens when hard work meets opportunity.” Family: Richard and Joanne (parents); Brandon, 21 (brother)

Interests: College athletics, the beach, Frisbee, Colorado activities