Barbara Deniston, a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky, has been employed by UK's Athletics Department's Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS) since 1984, and currently serves as the Director of Academic Services. Barb was instrumental in developing the Student-Athlete Development program and still oversees this program. Since 1998, she has served as the academic-athletic advisor for the University of Kentucky football team.
Deniston was named recipient of The Lan Hewlett Award for Outstanding Performance as the 2007 Academic Advisor for Athletics by the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). She was also honored by N4A in 2000 with the organization's Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership contributions at the regional and national levels.