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Athletic Training Facility Named in Gorman's Honor

January 16, 2011 - by Callie Livengood

A section of the athletic training facility within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC) on the University of Mount Unions campus.Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University of Mount Union, announced yesterday that the athletic training facility within the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC) has been named in honor of the late Daniel M. Gorman, a recommendation that was approved late last week by a subcommittee of the University’s Board of Trustees. The announcement was made during services for Gorman, director of the athletic training education program and associate professor of human performance and sport business, who had worked at Mount Union for 25 years and passed away tragically on January 12.
 
Gorman joined the Mount Union community in 1985, and during his tenure at Mount Union, he was integral to the success of the University’s athletic training program, which recently received the maximum 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).  He was also a dedicated mentor in the LS 100 program, which is designed to assist first-year students in their transition to college.
 
“Dan was very much a family man, as he leaves behind a wife and four children,” said Dr. Patricia Draves, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the University. “But he also thought of the Mount Union athletic training program and its faculty and students as his second family. It only seems appropriate to name this facility after an individual that poured his heart and soul into building a successful, accredited athletic training program.”
 
The athletic training facility accommodates student athletes from all of Mount Union’s varsity sports.  The facility includes a large injury/ post-operative treatment area, taping/bracing area with elevated stations, rehabilitation area, cryotherapy room featuring three large whirlpools, wet and dry storage areas and athletic training student workspace, as well as an elaborate cabinetry area for cleansing and dressing wounds. Built in 2009, the space is equipped with state-of-the-art therapeutic modalities and rehabilitation equipment. 
 
“This facility, which offers modern and effective collegiate athletic training services to Mount Union’s student athletes, was Dan’s second home,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “He spent most of his professional career building a successful athletic training program from the ground up, and it goes without saying that the impact that he had on his students and colleagues is indelible. He will always be remembered as a treasured and dedicated member of the Mount Union community.”
 
A native of Westbury, NY, Gorman earned an associate of arts degree in liberal arts with emphasis in physical education from SUNY – Morrisville in 1978, a bachelor of science degree in physical education with emphasis in athletic training from SUNY-Cortland in 1981 and a master’s degree in physical education with emphasis in adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation from Eastern Illinois University in 1983. Gorman received his certification from the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1981.
 
Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty, Gorman served as assistant professor and director of the athletic training education program and head athletic trainer at State University of New York (SUNY) – Cortland.   Throughout the past two decades, Gorman was an active member of numerous athletic training program accreditation efforts, including those at Augustana College, Rowan University, Heidelberg University and the University of Toledo.
 
Gorman also previously served as assistant director of sports medicine and research at the King Abdul Azizz Air Base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia through work with the United States Sports Academy, head athletic trainer for the Gary, IN Golden Bears semi-pro football team and coordinator of sports medicine for the Michigan City, IN public school system while on the staff of Michigan City Memorial Hospital.
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