EMU Support Staff Ron McKeefery Director of Sports Performance Ron McKeefery is in n his his fi first rst st yea year ar as a me memberr off tthe he Easter Eas Eastern a te t n ter Michigan University athletics department. The 2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the collegiate and professional level. McKeefery spent the 2013 season working with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals after serving as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of South Florida and the University of Tennessee. In total, he has coached 30 NFL draft picks, including First Round Draft Pick and Pro Bowlers Mike Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul, along with Cordarrelle Patterson and Ja’Wuan James. Additionally, he has coached numerous all-conference, All-Americans and NFL free agents selections. Before heading to Cincinnati, McKeefery was the football head strength and conditioning coach at Tennessee for three seasons. He was also the human performance coordinator for the United States Army Special Forces, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, in Fort Campbell, Ky. McKeefery got his collegiate start at the University of South Florida, where he served as assistant athletic director for strength and conditioning and the head strength and conditioning coach from 2000-10. A key member of the South Florida coaching staff, McKeefery’s tenure with the Bulls coincided with that program’s rise from Division I-AA to perennial Big East Conference contender. In addition to six consecutive bowl games and 16 NFL draft picks, the success of his strength and conditioning
program is best exemplified by the fact that South Florida was 10-0 in overtime during his tenure. The Missouri native owns a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kan., and a Master of Arts in Adult Education from South Florida. McKeefery earned all-conference honors in both football and track at Ottawa and was also a two-time Academic All-American. After spending one season as a coach with Ottawa, McKeefery worked as an intern with the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball. He also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1999 season, a year in which the Bucs played in the NFC Championship Game. McKeefery also spent the 2000 season as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. In addition, he has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous major universities. McKeefery has been published in the National Strength and Conditioning Journal, American Football Monthly and Stack Magazine. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist w/Distinction (CSCS*D) and Coach Practitioner under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). He also served as the state NSCA Director for Florida (North) and is certified by both the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). In 2013, McKeefery received the prestigious title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach at the annual conference for the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.
Dan McLean Associate Athletic Director/Development Dan Dan an M McLean cLea cL ean ea n is iin n hi hiss fi firs rrstt year y arr as ye as the t e Associate th Asso As soci cciate ate Athletic Director for Development for the Eastern Michigan University athletic department. McLean came to EMU after working as a Major Gifts Officer for the Mountaineer Athletic Club at West Virginia University. McLean joined the Mountaineer Athletic Club staff in August 2012. He was responsible for securing high-end annual gifts and funds for major capital projects, as well as endowing student-athlete scholarships. While working for the MAC, he was a part of a team raising more than $23 million annually for WVU Athletics as a part of the $750 million “A State of Minds” campaign for West Virginia University. During his two years, McLean was accountable for more than $1.8 million in annual gift, major gift and planned giving revenue. A native of Canton, Mich., McLean came to WVU after spending two years at Fresno State, serving as the director of major gifts before ascending to the assistant athletic director for development position in July 2011. In that posi-
tion, McLean managed the day-to-day operations of the Bulldog Foundation, including the annual fund, major gifts and sports clubs. McLean led fundraising efforts that raised more than $7 million annually for Fresno State Athletics as a part of the $200 million University “Campaign for Fresno State.” McLean previously served as an athletic development assistant at Fresno State from 2008-09. In between his different appointments at Fresno State, he served as the regional director of development at Oregon State University’s Beaver Athletic Student Fund from July 2009–Aug. 2010. While at OSU, McLean was involved with fundraising efforts that raised more than $10.5 million annually for OSU athletics. He also was directly responsible for implementing two new giving programs: “110% Beavers” and “Next Level Beavers,” which resulted in more than 1,400 donors increasing their donation and over 800 new donors generating upwards of $1.1 million in new revenue. McLean received his bachelor’s degree in applied arts from Central Michigan University in 2004 and his master’s degree in sport administration from Wayne State University in 2007. He and his wife, Lindsay, have two children, Moxon and Emilia, and two dogs, Darby and Whopper.
Angela Mierzwiak Assistant Athletic Trainer
Angela A nge ela la Mierzwiak Mie erzwiiak is in her he err second e sec eco con ond year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Eastern Michigan University. Mierzwiak had been the Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer at the University of ArkansasFort Smith for two seasons. She serves as the primary athletic trainer for the EMU women’s gymnastics and track and field teams while overseeing
assisted with men’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis. A native of Petersburg, Mich., Mierzwiak is a 2006 graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. Mierzwiak also is a 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State University, where she earned a Master’s of Education in Higher Education. While attending Grand Valley State, she worked in the sports medicine department as a graduate assistant certified athletic trainer for men’s softball. and women’s cross country, track and field and football. The 30-year-old Mierzwiak joined UAFS in 2010-11 as the assistant Mierzwiak is a certified athletic trainer licensed by the State of athletic trainer before being promoted the following season. She Michigan and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Associaoversaw the entire sports medicine department and its staff. She tion. also worked directly with volleyball and women’s basketball and
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