BALTIMORE—The University of Maryland announced it will change to a model where its athletic staff, which includes the head team physician, athletic trainers, nutritionists and mental health practitioners, are now going to be employed outside of the department.
This group will be under the umbrella of the Division of Student Affairs in the University Health Center. This move fulfills the last of the 20 recommendations that were made in an external safety review which was completed last fall.
The athletic department brought together a panel of national experts in this field (sports medicine) after the death of football player Jordan McNair last year. They wanted recommendations to increase the well-being and safety of all of the athletes in all of their sports.
“Our priority in the last year has been implementing the recommendations from the external safety review to safeguard the health and well-being of our student-athletes,” Athletic Director Damon Evans said in a statement. “This plan will further enhance the physician-directed, autonomous care our student-athletes receive and advance our efforts to provide comprehensive, integrated, patient-centered care for our student-athletes.”
Maryland now is going to be one of a few power-five conference schools who have medical staffs that are housed outside of athletics.
Bowie State Football
Bowie State University Head Coach Damon Wilson is going to serve as an intern this summer with the New York Jets as part of the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship program.
The annual program is run by the NFL Management Council and NFL Player Engagement, and its goal is to use training camps, offseason workout programs and minicamps to give minority coaches a chance to get a look at how things are run at the professional level – possibly even paving the way to a job one day.
“I look forward to the opportunity of working with alongside some of the best coaches in the country as I continue to sharpen my skills to continue to prepare our student athletes,” Wilson said. “I believe opportunities like this is a win for all parties involved, and I look forward to being able to implement some of the things that I will learn from Coach (Adam) Gase and his staff.”
Navy Men’s Lacrosse
Navy named Joe Amplo as its new head men’s lacrosse coach.
Amplo comes to Navy from Marquette University, where the Golden Eagles were in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017 plus Big East Tournament championships in each of those two years.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the next head coach at the United States Naval Academy,” Amplo said in a statement. “I look forward to embracing everything the Naval Academy stands for.”
Amplo was the first lacrosse head coach at Marquette, hired on Feb. 4, 2011, and quickly helped the Golden Eagles become a strong program. They began play in 2013, and Amplo was picked as the Big East Coach of the Year one season later after Marquette took second in the regular season in its first year in the conference.