Delaware's Bernard M. Muir Appointed to NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee; Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Bob Shillinglaw Also Appointed to Committees
February 22, 2012
Pictured from Top: Bernard Muir, Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Bob Shillinglaw
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – University of Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Bernard M. Muir has been appointed to the prestigious NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
Muir, a former director of the NCAA men’s basketball championship who is currently in his third year at Delaware, will begin his term September 1, 2012. He was appointed along with Michigan State University Director of Athletics Mark Hollis.
The duo will replace current committee chair Jeff Hathaway, a consultant to the Big East Conference, and University of Texas-San Antonio Director Athletics Lynn Hickey, whose terms expire August 31.
“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee,” Muir said. “As a former NCAA staff member who worked on this championship closely with the committee, it is indeed an honor to now work with such a group from this perspective.”
The committee will be chaired in 2012-13 by Mike Bobinski, the director of athletics at Xavier University. Other committee members include Ron Wellman, the director of athletics at Wake Forest University; Doug Fullerton, the commissioner of the Big Sky Conference; Scott Barnes, the director of athletics at Utah State University; Steve Orsini, the director of athletics at Southern Methodist University; Joe Alleva, the director of athletics at Louisiana State University; Jamie Zaninovich, the commissioner of the West Coast Conference; and Joe Castiglione, the director of athletics at the University of Oklahoma.
In addition to Muir’s appointment, two other members of the University of Delaware athletics department have also been selected to NCAA committees. UD Faculty Athletics Representative Lynn Snyder-Mackler was named to the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports while Blue Hen men’s lacrosse head coach Bob Shillinglaw was appointed to the Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee.
A four-year letterman and team captain in basketball at Brown, Muir is a member of USA Basketball’s Board of Directors and the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee that works towards the advancement and education of young minority sports professionals.
Since arriving a Delaware prior to the 2009-10 athletics season, Blue Hen athletics teams have enjoyed outstanding success.
The Blue Hen football team advanced to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision national championship game following the 2010 season, the women’s volleyball team has captured three straight Colonial Athletic Association titles and won a first round game at the NCAA Tournament this past fall, the men’s soccer team won the CAA title and advanced to the NCAA Round of 32 this past fall, and the nationally-ranked UD men’s lacrosse team has captured consecutive CAA titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The UD women’s basketball team is currently 24-1 and ranked No. 9 nationally by the Associated Press, the team’s highest ranking in school history.
Prior to arriving at Delaware, Muir served as director of athletics at Georgetown University from 2005-09, and from 2000-05 he worked as both associate athletic director for student-athlete welfare and development and deputy director of athletics for administration and facilities at the University of Notre Dame.
From 1992-98, he was the NCAA’s assistant director of the Division I men’s basketball championship before being promoted to director of operations for the event from 1998-2000. Muir also worked at Butler University and Auburn University after earning his undergraduate degree from Brown in 1990 and his Master’s degree from Ohio University in 1992.
Snyder-Mackler, a board certified sports physical therapist and certified athletic trainer who is an international leader in the field of sports and orthopedic rehabilitation research, was selected as UD’s new Faculty Athletics Representative by President Patrick T. Harker in August, 2011. In her role as FAR, Snyder-Mackler serves as an official voting delegate for the University of Delaware on NCAA matters.
Now in his 34th season as head men’s lacrosse coach at Delaware, Shillinglaw has led his teams to 15 conference championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances, including national tournament berths each of the past two seasons. In the 2012 season opener back on Feb. 4, Shillinglaw won his 300th career game, becoming only the eighth coach in the history of men’s collegiate lacrosse to reach that impressive milestone.
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