Karen Demeter enters her 17th year with the University of Notre Dame and her first year as Senior Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Athletics Director. She started working the Notre Dame Career Center when she arrived at Notre Dame in 1999 before moving to the Athletics Department in 2000.
In her current role, Demeter serves as the senior administrative assistant to deputy athletics director, Jim Fraleigh, providing support related to the ticket, marketing and business development, commercial and marketing efforts and the men’s basketball program. She assists the deputy athletics director with organization, planning, research and meeting preparation and communication related to corporate sponsors. She serves as the liaison for the deputy athletics director for internal and external sources and manages the director’s calendar and travel. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating and organizing special events both on and off campus.
Demeter is a native of Copley, Ohio and worked for the Notre Dame Football program for 11 years. In 2000, Demeter was hired as a senior staff assistant for football. In 2001 she was promoted to the football recruiting office where she assisted the coaching staff and recruiting coordinator with all recruiting efforts. From May 2003 until August 2009, Demeter served as the senior administrative assistant for two head football coaches. As the senior administrative assistant to the head football coach, she maintained the head coach’s schedule, coordinated speaking and public events, acted as a liaison between the head coach and internal and external sources and managed travel arrangements and correspondence for the head coach. Demeter served as the recruiting services coordinator assisting director of football personnel, Tim McDonnell, with recruiting efforts from August 2010 to May 2012. In May 2012 she moved into the role as Corporate Relations and Monogram Club Coordinator, providing administrative support to the Deputy Athletics Director and Assistant Athletic Director /Executive Director of the Monogram Club before being promoted in January 2015 to Senior Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Athletics Director.
Demeter attended Ivy Tech Community College and in 2008, completed the Supervising with Impact Series offered by the Mendoza College of Business Executive Education Program and Notre Dame Office of Human Relations.
Demeter is married to Darryl Demeter and the couple has two children — Jocelyn who graduated from St. Mary’s College, and Lauren, who graduated from Notre Dame.