Janet Cone joined UNC Asheville as Athletics Director in April 2004. Previously, she served as Associate Athletics Director at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Samford, which has 4,500 students, competes at the NCAA Division I level and offers 17 men's and women's sports.
Cone joined Samford in 1996, recruiting and coaching Samford's first women's basketball team. She coached the Samford Bulldogs for five years, and then moved up the ranks to become the Assistant Athletics Director/Senior Women's Administrator and then Associate Athletics Director.
Cone is no stranger to Western North Carolina. Earlier in her career, she coached women's basketball at Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College.
Cone graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 1978, earning a degree in health and physical education, and lettering in basketball and field hockey. She earned a master's degree in physical education from the University of South Carolina in 1986.
She is a member of the Women's Sports Foundation, National Association of Collegiate Athletic Administrators, National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators and the Executive Women's Golf Association.