Dru Hancock is an original member of the Big 12 Conference staff and was elevated to her current position of Senior Associate Commissioner in February 2008.
Her responsibilities include oversight of 14 league championships as well as the departments of Academics, Governance & Compliance. Hancock is the primary administrator for women’s basketball operations and administration while also serving as liaison to Senior Woman Administrators. In addition, she oversees the Conference’s partnership with Special Olympics.
Hancock has been actively involved throughout her career in NCAA governance and reform. She currently serves on the inaugural Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee and recently completed a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee on which she served as chair in 2014-15. Hancock was instrumental in the Big 12 and city of Dallas being selected to host the 2017 Women’s Final Four, as well as conference footprint cities being awarded women’s basketball regionals in 2008-10, 2016 and 2018.
Prior to joining the Big 12, Hancock served two years with the Big Eight Conference as assistant commissioner/senior woman administrator and the previous 10 years in athletic and academic administration at Tennessee.
A native of Panama City, Fla., Hancock received her B.A. in speech communication and M.A. in journalism from Ohio State in 1974 and 1975, respectively. She was a four-year letterwinner in basketball and twice lettered in tennis, winning a Big Ten doubles title. Hancock went on to serve stints as an assistant SID at Minnesota (1975-77) and Missouri (1977-85, also serving three years as women's tennis coach), before being named Women's Associate Athletics Director at Tennessee.
While at Tennessee, Hancock was the primary administrator for the 1990 NCAA Women's Final Four. In June 1992, she joined the university central administration as Acting Associate Dean of Students. She is active in various professional organizations, including NACDA and NACWAA, and has assisted the U.S. Olympic Committee in various national and international athletic competitions.