New Semester Brings New Staff to Athletics

Posted: September 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Along with the new students on campus, the new semester has ushered in new faces and changes in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, headed by Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor. “I feel very confident going into the new school year that the few changes in our athletic department are reflective of the skills and talent of some of the individuals that will continue to keep our department strong and meet the demanding needs of collegiate athletics,” says O’Connor.

Among the key administrative changes were naming Mickey McDade, former associate athletic director for aquatics and recreational sports, to the position of senior associate athletic director in charge of operations, facilities, and administration. Cindy Woodfork will take over as manager of athletic services.

In early August, James “Buzzy” Correll, formerly of North Carolina State University, was named the new executive director of the Patriot Club, the booster club for Intercollegiate Athletics. The Patriot Club, which handles the Student-Athlete Scholarship Fund and marketing duties between the athletics program and business and individuals, will be under Correll’s direction when he starts Sept. 15.

Alumna Nena Rogers has been named the new director of the department’s Life Skills Program, which was founded four years ago and is responsible for providing assistance to student-athletes. The program’s central goals are the integration of Intercollegiate Athletics within the greater university community and the fostering of key life skills among George Mason’s student-athletes. To further these goals, the program offers a variety support networks, including career, emotional, and academic services.

Among the department’s main goals is to look after the physical well-being of its student-athletes. Sports Medicine plays an integral role in safeguarding student safety and health. Linda Pullen, who has been on George Mason’s staff for two decades and was head athletic trainer, is the new coordinator for sports medicine. She will oversee a program that includes four full-time certified athletic trainers, certified graduate students, and local medical care providers who provide services to the university’s student-athletes.

“The athletic department provides the best possible forum for its athletes to compete in athletics and encouragement to progress toward earning their degrees. We recognize the importance the athletic department plays campuswide in fostering pride and a well-rounded university experience,” says O’Connor.

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