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Friday, August 14, 2015

PITT-BRADFORD ATHLETIC DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Lori Mazza
Bradford, Pa . -- Lori Mazza, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford’s athletic director for the past 17 years, has decided to resign from her position.

Mazza has accepted a position as associate vice president for Leagues, Affiliate and Championships/Senior Woman Administrator with the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Her resignation is effective today.

“I would like to thank Dr. Richard McDowell and Dr. Jim Evans for taking a chance on a young athletic director 17 years ago,” Mazza said. “I also thank all the administrations that followed, for their trust in my ability to represent the university.”

Under Mazza’s direction, the university’s athletic department successfully moved from NAIA to NCAA Division III status, and the number of intercollegiate athletic teams at Pitt-Bradford increased from nine to 15. These efforts nearly tripled the number of student-athletes participating in Pitt-Bradford’s intercollegiate programs and increased from seven to 16 the number of full-time athletic coaches and staff.

Mazza has also been involved in leadership roles in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, serving as past chair of the Athletic Directors Council, and at the national level through committee work with the NCAA and other professional organizations. Mazza has been selected by her peers to serve as an at-large executive board member of both the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Collegiate Women Administrators. This year she completed a four-year term on the NCAA Softball Championships Committee, serving as chair in her final year and vice chair in the preceding two years.

“Lori had a wonderful career at Pitt-Bradford and should take a great deal of pride in what she accomplished,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “She worked closely with coaches and our faculty and staff to ensure the success of our student-athletes in both the athletic arena and the academic setting.”

Mazza said, “I thank the faculty and staff for their continued support of our growing athletic program. I especially thank the athletic staff and students, both past and present, who have represented our institution so well.”

Bret Butler, head men’s baseball coach and assistant athletic director, will serve as the interim athletic director until a permanent replacement is found.

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