Daughter of former Colton resident lands collegiate athletics position
A former Campbell University women's basketball standout, Lauren McNamara-Clement serves as Coordinator of Athletics Administration for the athletics department after being hired for the position in September 2022.
McNamara-Clement serves as the main point of contact for the athletic director's office as well as the human resources coordinator for the athletics department, responsible for onboarding and outboarding of departmental staff.She is the daughter of former Colton and Star Lake resident Kelly McNamara and the granddaughter of Michael McNamara of Colton and Deloris Tooly of Potsdam.
She also assists with completion of all athletics event/game contracts and the development, execution and management of departmental events and projects as directed by the athletics director.
Additionally, McNamara-Clement assists the athletics director with administrative tasks, maintains official office records and performs any other activities to ensure successful daily operations for the athletic department.
McNamara-Clement played four seasons of basketball (2017-21) at Campbell, helping the 2019-20 team win the Big South regular season title. She was named the Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year her senior season, becoming the first player in program history to earn the honor. Additionally, she was named to the Big South All-Tournament team during the 2020-21 season and became the third individual in program history to surpass 100 career blocks.
After receiving her degree from Campbell, McNamara-Clement played one season as a graduate transfer at Mercer. She helped the 2021-22 Mercer team win the SoCon regular season and tournament titles and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.
As a student-athlete, McNamara-Clement has served as a member of the NCAA Women's Basketball Student-Athlete Engagement Group, President of Campbell's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and was named Campbell's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee in 2021.
Before joining the Campbell administrative staff, McNamara-Clement served as a sub-contractor with Respark Leadership Consulting in the Raleigh-Durham area. In that role she worked with a team to assess, survey and interpret data for a county strategic plan, developed a community needs assessment and transcribed interviews with key stakeholders and leaders within the county.
Prior, McNamara-Clement has spent time as a substitute teacher with Wake County public schools, was an intern with the Mercer athletics department while completing her master's degree, and served as a social work intern at Cape Fear/Harnett Central Cancer Center.
McNamara-Clement earned a B.S. degree in social work from Campbell in 2021 and finished her master's degree in higher education leadership from Mercer in 2022.