EMU Support Staff Ann O’Sullivan Academic Counselor
An Ann nn O O’Sullivan ’Su S llivan n iiss in h her er 12th year as an academic counselor for the athletics department at Eastern Michigan University. O’Sullivan joined the SASS staff after spending six years as an assistant coach for the EMU softball team. O’Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks managements with an emphasis in therapeutic recreation from Central Michigan University in 1987. She earned her master’s degree in sport management from EMU in 2011.
While an undergrad at CMU, O’Sullivan helped CMU win two Mid-American Conference softball championships (1983 and 1986) and one league basketball title (1982-83). She played on CMU softball teams that qualified for three NCAA regional appearances. A native of Ann Arbor, O’Sullivan lettered in basketball and softball at Gabriel Richard High School. She helped the softball team win the state of Michigan Class D championship as a freshman and senior and was named All-State as a senior. A two-time Class D All-State selection in basketball, O’Sullivan led the team to the Class D state championship game in her final season. O’Sullivan has a son, Brian (20).
Dr. Michael Paciorek Faculty Compliance Associate Dr. Dr Mic Michae Michael hae el Pa P Paciorek, aaci aciore ciore ciorek rekk a P Professor rof offe essssor of Physical Education in the EMU College of Health and Human Services, joined the Office of Compliance in January 2006 as Faculty Compliance Associate. Paciorek is a 1975 graduate of St. Bonaventure University where he earned a B.S. degree in Physical Education while also playing on the varsity baseball and ice hockey squads. He received a Master’s degree in adapted physical education from The George Washington University in 1977 and a Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981. He taught adapted physical education in the Norfolk, VA Public Schools from 1976-1979. Paciorek is known for his work in the field of disability sport having served on the Special Olympics Michigan Board of Directors for 12 years. He was
a member of the United States Disabled Sports Team that competed in the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked with the United States Olympic Committee as Co-Coordinator for disabled athlete participation at the 1990 and 1991 U.S. Olympic Festivals. Additionally, he spent 14 years in the United States Army Reserves rising to the rank of Major. Paciorek has written extensively in professional journals and his book Disability Sport & Recreation is in its third edition. Since arriving at Eastern Michigan in 1981, Paciorek was the Physical Education Program Coordinator while teaching classes in adapted physical education, motor learning and development and disability sport. In 1999 he served as President of the Michigan Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD). He received the 1994 EMU Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2000 he received the Eastern Michigan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. Paciorek and his wife Karen, a Professor of early Childhood Education at EMU,
Tommy Rapier Assistant Athletic Director/Equipment Operations Tommy Rapier Raap pie er is is in his fi first rst year yeaar as yea as the th he e Assistant Ass A sssistant Athletics Director for Equipment Operations for the EMU athletic department. Before coming to Ypsilanti, Rapier worked as an equipment assistant for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. He was responsible for making sure that players, coaches, and staff adhered to the equipment and apparel regulations set forth by the National Football League, Nike, and individual apparel contracts for training camp, preseason, and regular season contests. Rapier was also in charge of the set-up of home and away locker rooms while also overseeing the loading, transport, and unloading for equipment and trunks for all contests. The 37-year old Rapier spent four seasons (2009-13) working with Old Dominion University as the Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Equipment and Facilities. There, he oversaw the equipment room operations of 18 NCAA Division I sports consisting of 465 athletes as the school began its transition to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Conference USA. He also oversaw the facility needs for S.B. Ballard Stadium at Foreman Field and the L.R. Hill Sports Complex.
He joined ODU in 2008 as the Monarchs’ equipment manager. In that role, he was responsible for the equipment needs of the football program while overseeing the setup and operation of practice. A 2004 graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, Rapier spent seven years working with the Hokies’ athletic programs. He began his career as a student manager for the football team and upon graduation served as a graduate assistant from 2004-05. Rapier spent his final three years at Virginia Tech as the assistant equipment manager. While at Tech, he worked closely with the nationally-ranked football program, in addition to servicing the equipment needs of seven Olympic sports. Rapier also spent the spring and summer of 2008 interning with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, helping the coaching staff with the daily operations of practices and workouts. A certified member of the Athletic Equipment Managers Association (AEMA), Rapier is also Equipment Manager Certified (E.M.,C.) as well as having earned his CoachComm Sideline Communication certification. A native of Chesapeake, Va., Rapier and his wife Angie have two sons, Talon (3) and Ty (2).
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