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Athletic Department Adds New Faces to Support Staff

Aug. 26, 2003

Los Angeles, CA (Aug. 26, 2003) -- Four new faces have joined the athletics' support staff at Loyola Marymount University heading into the 2003-04 academic year. Matthew Casana, Alissa Zito, Cara Hanelin and Scott Wong have joined the Lions' program this fall.

Casana is the new Athletics Academic Coordinator for the Lions while Zito is a new Assistant Sports Information Director. Serving in graduate assistant positions for the upcoming season will be Wong, who will work with Strength and Conditioning, and Hanelin, who will serve in a position with the Compliance office.

All four positions are relatively new to the program, all added in the last three years under Athletic Director Dr. Bill Husak. "We have made great strides in providing our programs the necessary support in order to achieve at a high level," said Husak. "As we continue our efforts to Build Champions and Championship programs, we are fortunate to have these four individuals join our staff."

After more than two years with the extension program at the University of San Francisco, Casana returns to athletics. Prior to his work with USF he was the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Occidental College from 1999-2001. He began his career as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of New Hampshire from 1993-1995. He returned to his Southern California roots when he served in the sports information office at Chapman University from 1996-1997. He graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and then finished his Masters of Arts in Sports Management from USF.

Zito is no stranger to the Lions, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 2002 and then a Master of Business Administration in 2003 from LMU. She was an assistant in LMU Athletics' Media Relations Department in 2002-03 while also serving as the Sports Information Director for the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. Prior to her work in athletics she assisted in the Office of Judicial Affairs at LMU.

Hanelin comes to LMU from West Coast Conference (WCC) rival Santa Clara. She finished in June of this year with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology while playing for the women's soccer team. In the spring semester of 2003 at Santa Clara she worked as a Compliance Assistant for the Broncos.

Wong joins the Lions from another WCC rival, Pepperdine. He played volleyball for the Waves and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Wong was an assistant with the men's volleyball team in the 2003 season when they went to the NCAA Tournament and reached the final four.

The three-time All-American currently plays on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) tour and is ranked 48th. He was also selected to be a part of the U.S. Men's National Volleyball team in 2001.



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