Faculty Member Fatally Injured in Bus Accident

January 12, 2011

Dan GormanAt approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday night, a University of Mount Union bus carrying the wrestling team, coaches, statisticians, an athletic trainer and athletic training students returning to campus following a match at Ohio Northern University was involved in an accident near Bucyrus, OH on U.S. Rt. 30.  Dan Gorman, director of athletic training and associate professor of human performance and sport business, was fatally injured in the crash. 
 
Gorman joined the Mount Union community in 1985 after having served as assistant professor and director of the athletic training education program and head athletic trainer at State University of New York (SUNY) – Cortland.  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.

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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.

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.

All other passengers on the bus requiring medical attention have been treated and released. Office of Counseling Services staff members and the University chaplain will be available to offer support to campus community members in the coming days.

Services Information
Services have been scheduled for Dan Gorman, director of athletic training and associate professor of human performance and sport business at the University of Mount Union. Gorman passed away unexpectedly Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained in an accident involving a University of Mount Union bus carrying the wrestling team, coaches, statisticians, an athletic trainer and athletic training students returning to campus following a match at Ohio Northern University.

Public visitation will be held at the University of Mount Union on Saturday, January 15 in Myers Sanctuary of Dewald Chapel from 6-10 p.m. A memorial and funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, January 16 in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex at 1 p.m.

Contributions can be made to the University of Mount Union Dan Gorman Memorial Fund.

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