Paul Kassabian begins his 18th year as Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance in 2017-18. Kassabian serves as advisor to the University President regarding compliance issues and eligibility of student-athletes on all 18 varsity teams. During his time at URI, Kassabian has developed a Compliance Procedural Manual for coaches and developed and instituted a Hazing Policy statement for student-athletes. He is currently the committee advisor for the 10 year NCAA Self Study Certification.
Kassabian has developed numerous educational materials for boosters, coaches, administrators as well as for the university community. He also has been appointed to serve on the Atlantic 10 Conference Compliance Committee.
As Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance, Kassabian conducts NCAA rules education sessions for the University community and its athletic booster groups. He has also developed and presented educational materials for local high school guidance counselors and athletic directors as to the NCAA's Eligibility Center's process and procedures for initial eligibility for prospective student-athletes who wish to pursue their athletic careers in college. He was also a member of the University of Rhode Island's Steering Committee for NCAA re-certification.
Prior to becoming the Compliance Coordinator, Kassabian served as an Instructor in the Kinesiology department and the assistant coach for the men's track and cross country teams at URI. Prior to arriving in Kingston, Kassabian was the assistant men's and women's track coach and strength and conditioning coach at Boston University and Bentley College. Kassabian received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northeastern University, with a major in Speech Communication and minor in Economics.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Northeastern, Kassabian went on to pursue a Masters degree in Education, concentrating in Student Personnel Counseling, while also serving as Academic Advisor for Athletics at Northeastern University for three years. While completing his studies in Student Personnel Counseling, Kassabian developed a pilot practicum program for graduate students in academic advising for athletics at Northeastern.
Paul and his wife, Chelle, the former head gymnastics coach at URI, reside in Wakefield with their three children, Ardemis, Kerkor and Tateos.