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EMU Support Staff Erin Burdis Assistant Athletic Director/Academics Erin Er n Burdis Burdis is in herr 13th year as a full-time member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department. Burdis joined the EMU staff as a part-time academic counselor in 2001-02 and was elevated to full-time academic counselor and assistant to the director of compliance in October 2002. In the spring of 2004 she took over leadership of the program. As the director of Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS), Burdis has developed a comprehensive learning support program which consists of learning specialist, mentoring and tutoring meetings that are all individualized. The department’s GPA has continued to improve over the last several semesters and the Winter 2014 cumulative GPA for all studentathletes was the department’s second-best tally in history at 3.145.

The 38-year-old 38-ye 38 ye eaar-old r old B Burdi Burdis urdi d s jjoined dis di oined th the he EMU aathletics th thl th hletics leticss sstaff taff aatt th the he st start star tar art of the 2001 academic year after serving as a graduate assistant in the University of Kentucky Athletics Department during 2000-01. A native of Frankenmuth, Mich., Burdis was an all-state softball player and played on state championships teams in softball and basketball at Frankenmuth High School before graduating in 1994. Burdis then went on to Concordia University in Ann Arbor and was an honorable mention All-American shortstop as a senior and the co-captain of the softball team her final two years. She helped lead Concordia to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship in both 1998 and 1999. In addition, the softball team won the WolverineHoosier Conference title in 1997 and 1999 and Burdis was named AllLeague shortstop and was an All-League All-Academic pick three times (1997, 1998, 1999).

Fred Hale Assistant Sports Performance Coach

FFred red dH Hale alle is i iin n his fi first rstt ye yearr aass tthe th he Assistant Sports Performance at Eastern Michigan University. Hale joins the EMU Sports Performance staff after serving as a sports performance coach at Power Train Sports Institute for one year. Prior to his time at Power Train Sports Institute, Hale was an intern for the Buffalo Bills before spending a year with the University of Tennessee, working primarily with the football, baseball and track and field teams.

Hale attended Mercyhurst University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science in 2011. The 25-year-old went on to earn his master’s in exercise science in 2012 from Mercyhurst while working with the rowing team. In the 2011-12 season, the rowing team won the Dad Vail Regatta, which is the largest collegiate regatta in the United States. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hale was a three-sport athlete participating in football, wrestling and track and field while garnering all-state honors in football and wrestling at Mentor High School. Hale went on to play football and wrestle at Mercyhurst University where he earned all-conference and All-American honors.

Chris Hoppe Senior Associate Athletic Director/Administration Ch Ho Chris Hopp Hoppe p e is iin n hi hiss fou fourth urth u rth h yyear ear as a member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department and his second as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Administration. In his role Hoppe serves as the sport administrator for baseball, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. He also oversees the equipment and sports performance staffs. The 35-year-old Hoppe earned two degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently working on a third. He completed his undergraduate degree, with honors, in English literature in 2000 and earned his Juris Doctorate in the spring of 2003. Hoppe has also been working on a Ph.D in postsecondary education and leadership at UW.


A native of Rhinelander, Wisc., Hoppe began his professional career as a court commissioner for Oneida and Vilas County Circuit Courts in 2003-04. Upon returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 for his Ph.D work, Hoppe began his career in collegiate athletics as an athletic compliance intern for the Badgers in 2005-06. In 2006, Hoppe joined the San Diego State University Aztecs as a student-athlete eligibility/student services coordinator. From San Diego State, Hoppe was named the Assistant Athletics Director for compliance and sport supervisor at Robert Morris University in 2008, a post he held until joining EMU as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance in the summer of 2011. Hoppe remains a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association.

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2014 EMU Men's Cross Country Digital Media Guide  
2014 EMU Men's Cross Country Digital Media Guide