Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Mark Bockelman, M.A.

Mark Bockelman
National Center for Drug Free Sport
816-474-8655 ext. 107

Mark serves as the Vice President for NCAA Drug Testing at The National Center for Drug Free Sport (DFS), located in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is in his 11th year with DFS, beginning his term in 2008 as the Director of NCAA Drug Testing, prior to being named a Vice President in 2014.  Mark and his staff oversee the NCAA’s Drug-Testing Program, including scheduling, notifying institutions and administering results and appeals.  He also has oversight of DFS’ Education department which manages DFS Axis (formerly know at the Resource Exchange Center or REC), the client online resource for information and warnings about dietary supplements and medications.  Mark began his 30-plus year career in collegiate athletics working as a graduate student in the Sports Information Office at Auburn University.  He was named the Sports Information Director at North Carolina State University in 1990, after serving seven years as an Assistant SID for the Wolfpack.  He also served as an Assistant to the Director of Athletics for two years before accepting a position with the NCAA national office in 2000.  As an NCAA Assistant Director of Championships, he assisted with the administration of more than 50 national championship events, before joining DFS in 2008.  Mark completed his undergraduate degree in communications at The Defiance College (Defiance, Ohio) and a master’s degree in communications from Auburn.  He and his wife, Dawne, have two adult children, Jason (Tampa) and Anna (Indianapolis).