Dr. Nicole Cervantes is the Director of Student Leadership and Athletics for The Academy at Penguin Hall. In her role, she is tasked with managing all aspects of our athletics programs. In addition, Dr. Cervantes oversees all co-curricular student initiatives, including houses, clubs, and affinity groups. She is also the faculty representative and mentor for the Student Leadership Council (SLC).
This academic year, the SLC and Dr. Cervantes have spearheaded major initiatives, including: the creation of a college-style chartering system for clubs and activities; the addition of affinity groups; and redefining how the APH House system operates.
Prior to joining The Academy, Dr. Cervantes served as assistant head coach at George Washington (GW) University for the GW Colonials Volleyball team. She also served as the Colonials’ Camp Director for volleyball, continuing the tradition of adult open gyms and adding youth training opportunities at Foggy Bottom and throughout the DMV area.
Prior to GW, Dr. Cervantes spent seven years at Southeast Missouri State University, where she held both Recruiting Coordinator and Camp Director titles. During her tenure at Southeast, the Redhawks won 87 games, attended the conference tournament six times, and put four athletes on all-conference teams for a total of 10 awards.
While working full-time at Southeast, Dr. Cervantes completed her Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in December of 2016 from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Her goal was to be a role model for her student-athletes and push them to excel in the classroom as well as on the court.
Prior to her time at Southeast, Dr. Cervantes pursued her Master’s degree and served as a graduate assistant coach at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) in Pennsylvania, where she assisted with recruiting and team training.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree at Franklin Pierce University, a Division II school in New Hampshire, Dr. Cervantes was a four-time All-Northeast 10 Conference player. She was a three-time first team academic all-conference selection. At the completion of her four-year career at Franklin Pierce, Dr. Cervantes had guided the Ravens to four consecutive Northeast-10 conference championship appearances. She was also named conference player of the week five times and set the school career record for kills (1,271) and blocks (493). During her junior year, Dr. Cervantes was named second team all-region in 2007. She was the first player to ever be named to an all-region team in Franklin Pierce’s 20-year program history. Her 159 total blocks led the Northeast-10 Conference, as did her 1.26 blocks per game. She was also named team MVP that season.
An avid hiker, Cervantes lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her wife, Kandice and their two dogs, Seva and Chive. She enjoys baking different types of breads, sampling new cuisines and is a self-proclaimed “foodie.”
Dr. Cervantes has a Master’s degree in Sports Management from East Stroudsburg University. She graduated Cum Laude from Franklin Pierce University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications and a minor in Creative Writing.