EMU Support Staff Steve Nordwall Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Medicine The 2014-15 Th 2014 4 15 season se easo ason n is i Steve Nordwall’s Nord dwall d wall’ss 14th at Eastern Michigan University. Based in the Convocation Center athletic training facility, he is responsible for the daily sports medicine operation for EMU’s 21 varsity sports programs. Nordwall supervises an associate head athletic trainer, three assistant athletic trainers, and numerous graduate and student athletic trainers, and also has travel responsibilities with the school’s football team. He participates in regularly held senior staff meetings to discuss ongoing issues within the athletic department. Nordwall joined EMU in 2002 as the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine before becoming the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in the fall of 2011. While at Eastern Michigan, Nordwall has instituted an effective approach towards student athlete care, injury management, physician coordination, alcohol and other drugs programs, psychological care programs, crisis management plan development, and quality assurance strategies which protect the university’s liability. He has also served on various committees during his tenure including: the National Athletic Trainer Association’s College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee District 4 Representative (June 2008-11), the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (Vice President - Jan. 2012-Present; Secretary - Jan. 2006-12), the Mid-American Conference Sports Medicine Association (Executive Officer - May 2007-Present), the EMU Student Intervention Team Member (2010-2012), the EMU Biannual AOD Policy Review Committee member (July 2002-Present), Coordinator of the EMU Athletic AOD Policy Review, the
Athletic Department Crisis Plan Develop Committee Co-Chair (Aug. 2007-Present), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (Aug. 2006-Present) and the EMU Athletics Strategic Planning Committee (Jan. 2007-08). Prior to coming to Ypsilanti, Nordwall spent five years as an assistant athletic trainer for the Kent State University athletic program. For the Golden Flashes, Nordwall worked with the entire intercollegiate sports program and held direct responsibilities with the football and men’s basketball teams. During his time in Kent, Ohio the men’s basketball team advanced to the 2002 NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight to go along with NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2001. From 1991-94 Nordwall was the head athletic trainer at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He then moved on to Western Michigan University as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 1994-96, followed by a position at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant athletic trainer during the 1996-97 season. He joined the Kent State University staff in 1997 as an assistant athletic trainer and remained there until accepting the EMU position. A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Nordwall graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1986. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree at North Park College in Chicago, Ill. in 1990, and followed that with his master’s degree at Western Michigan University in 1996. In the classroom, Nordwall serves as a adjunct lecturer/clinical instructor in the EMU Athletic Training Education program after working as a clinical instructor/in-service coordinator at KSU from 1997-02. Nordwall is a certified athletic trainer licensed by the State of Michigan and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society. He is also a certified professional rescuer CPR/AED by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and certified in first aid by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Sam Olson Assistant Director of Compliance, Monitoring Sam Sam Olson joined joined joi d Eastern Easte sstern ste ttern Michigan Michig gaan University as the Assistant Compliance Director/ Monitoring in January 2014. As a member of the Compliance staff, Olson is responsible for initial eligibility, recruiting, and student-athlete benefits. Olson also oversees playing and practice seasons, wherein he administers the department’s practice monitoring system and evaluation of countable athletic activities. Prior to joining Eastern Michigan University, Olson spent 2012 and 2013 at the University of Louisville as a compliance intern while earning his master’s degree in sports administration. While working at Louisville, he designed and implemented a student-athlete employment monitoring and auditing policy for the office. He also helped evaluate official transcripts of potential student-athletes to monitor and determine initial eligibility while monitoring the Academic Progress Rate data for 23 Division I varsity sports. In 2013, Olson also interned at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky. While at
Bellarmine, Olson helped conduct NCAA legislative research utilizing the Legislative Services Database (LSDBi) and issued recommendations on a variety of issues relating to Division I/II athletic program and student-athletes. Olson also developed a Title IX Gender Equity Plan for the Athletics Department upon analysis of overall athletics budget, recruiting expenses, travel expenses, equipment expenses, coaching agreements/contracts, academic support services and the sports information department. Before joining the collegiate ranks, Olson worked six years at various levels of the judicial system. He was a legal intern for the Child Protection Section Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in 2006 before serving as a law clerk for two years at Thomas & Delaney, PC in Grand Blanc, Mich. From there he went to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office and on to the Genesee County Probate Court. In 2013, Olson received his masters in sports administration from the University of Louisville. In 2010, Olson received his law degree from Michigan State University, after securing his undergraduate degree in English in 2006 from the University of Michigan.
Tony Orlando Director of Athletics Marketing TTony on ny Or Orla Orlando land ndo o iss in n his his second seccond year ear as a full-time member of the Eastern Michigan University athletics department. Orlando joined EMU in August 2013 after working the past two seasons as the Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotions at Eastern Illinois University. The 28-year-old Orlando joined EIU in 2011. His duties included the coordination of marketing and promotions for each of the Panthers’ 21 Division I athletic programs. He also was responsible for social media strategy, purchasing media-buys, organizing football tailgating and the oversight of the spirit squads, Panther Pack Kids Club and the Panther Nation student fan club.
Prior to joining the Panthers, Orlando worked in minor league baseball for the AA affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, the Midland RockHounds. The RockHounds also owned a soccer club, the West Texas Sockers. As the director of game entertainment, presentation and promotions, he oversaw all aspects of the video board operation for both franchises, as well as the gameday management and promotions for each home event. He also played a role in the organizations branding/theme, which led to two all-time attendance records and a Franchise of the Year award in his three seasons with the ball club located in Midland, Texas. The Algonac, Mich. native is a graduate of Central Michigan University, earning a bachelor’s degree in sport management and journalism in 2009. Orlando and his wife, Emily, live in Ypsilanti with their two dogs, Coconut and Bella, and cat, Huck.
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