Maryland hires former NCAA health and safety director David Klossner

September 12, 2013
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Maryland announced the hiring of David Klossner as its associate athletic director for sports performance on Thursday afternoon, bringing in the former NCAA director of health and safety to oversee the department’s sports medicine, strength and conditioning and nutrition programs, according to a press release.

“David’s holistic approach and breadth of experience will make him an outstanding addition to our athletic department,” Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “We are excited that he will lead our department in the ever-evolving fields of sports medicine, strength and conditioning and health and wellness for many years to come.”

Klossner spent the past 10 years with the NCAA as director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute. He represents the organization on several national committees and serves as a liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.

“I am very excited to join a Maryland Athletics staff that has set forth a vision for delivering state-of-the-art student-athlete healthcare and sports performance services,” Klossner said in the release. “I look forward to partnering with Maryland’s academic departments and medical groups to provide the highest quality health, wellness, and performance development for student-athletes in every sport.”

Under the proposal for an indoor football practice facility detailed last week, Gossett Team House would hold, in part, expanded sports medicine facilities. Overseeing these would now fall under Klossner’s jurisdiction.

Klossner’s efforts to increase concussion safety were the subject of a Washington Times report this July, which exposed internal e-mails by NCAA staffers mocking Klossner. The e-mails, Nathan Fenno wrote, were filed in federal court as part of “a motion seeking class-action status for a lawsuit challenging the organization’s handling of head injuries.”

In the documents, Fenno wrote, Klossner “expressed exasperation in emails internal obstacles to implementing concussion rules and legislation, particularly regarding return to play guidelines.”

Prior to his decade with the NCAA, Klossner worked at DePauw University and the University of South Florida as both a faculty member and the director of athletic training education. He has experience as an athletic trainer to high school, collegiate and professional athletes, and worked in the same capacity at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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