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LMU Adds to Support Staff

Aug. 12, 2004

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    Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 12) - It was one of those summers for Loyola Marymount University Director of Athletics Dr. William Husak. Thanks to the University's commitment to athletics, the Lions were able to hire three brand new full-time positions and with the vacancy of two other full-time staff members, the Athletic Department will have many new faces heading into the 2004-05 academic year. The Lions have named Gary Dyogi as an Assistant Athletics Trainer and Jeffrey Elford as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach. Along with the new head coach position for women's swimming, all three are brand new and will add to the department's staff supporting its more than 350 student-athletes. LMU has also named Carolyn French as Assistant Sports Information Director and Jason Hanchar as Corporate Relations Manager. Both replace vacated positions and bring years of experience to the Lions. "In our effort to `Build Champions', we must find the very best possible individuals to support our student-athletes," said Husak. "The staff that LMU Athletics has been able to assemble for this coming year is not only extremely competent but also possesses the personal characteristics that will serve the student-athletes and LMU well. We are excited to welcome this group to our existing staff." Both Dyogi and Elford are no strangers to LMU, both earning degrees from the University. Dyogi has been an athletic trainer as a student and part-time since 1997. He graduated from LMU with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Science in 2000. He joins the Lions on a full-time basis after working as the Head Athletic Trainer with Ontario High School. As for Elford, he is currently completing his MBA at LMU. Elford joins the Lions after serving as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at USC, working with the 2003 USC football team that won a share of the national championship. Elford has a pair of degrees, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management and Communications in 1996. He earned both degrees from the University of Michigan. Joining the Athletics Media Relations office is French. She joins the Lions after working as an assistant at UCLA and at Yale. In addition to her experience in media relations, French has experience with a local public relations firm and assistant in the athletics academic office at UCLA. She earned her Masters in Sports Management from Massachusetts. Hanchar comes to LMU from The York Group, who operated and owned minor league baseball and arena football franchises. He served as the Director of Operations, overseeing the marketing and finances for the teams. He earned his Masters in Sports Management from Indiana State University. LMU has also added five other assistants to the staff this summer. Amanda Clemens will serve as the Athletics Academic Assistant while also working with the women's soccer program as the head team manager. Clemens played professional soccer in the WUSA and also played for the US National Team. She still holds the West Coast Conference record for career assists and is second all-time in points and goals. Also joining the Lions will be Lennon Cooper as the Tickets & Marketing Assistant, Peter Gail as the men's soccer volunteer assistant coach, John Lamanna as the Head Team Manager for men's basketball and Carla McAloney as the Ticket Office Assistant. Gail graduated from Duke in 2000 after playing four seasons with the Blue Devils. He finished his career with 45 points, scoring 14 goals with 17 assists. Lamanna joins the Lions after working with the men's basketball team and earning his degree at Washington State. Cooper joined LMU in 2003 and is in the San Francisco Sports Management program. McAloney is in her first year at LMU and will be working in the ticket office. McAloney, Lamanna and Clemens are currently in the graduate program at LMU. - GO LIONS -


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