Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. -- Eastern Connecticut State University President Elsa Núñez has announced the appointment of Jeff G. Konin '88 as director of Eastern's Department of Athletics, effective July 2, 2012.
Konin, a native of Hamden, CT, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of sports medicine and athletic training, and has significant teaching and administrative experience in collegiate athletics. In his current positions at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, as vice chair of the Department of Ortho and Sports Medicine and executive director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute, Konin has significant financial, staffing and operational management duties. During his time at South Florida, Konin was instrumental in securing a major philanthropic gift exceeding $1 million and was recently named the Kennedy Family Endowed Chair of Athletic Training as part of the gift.
"In addition to his academic leadership at the University of South Florida and his experience in athletic administration, Mr. Konin is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of sports medicine," said Eastern President Elsa Núnez. "We are very pleased to hire someone of Jeff's talent and experience for this important position at Eastern. The fact he is an alumnus of our University makes his return to Connecticut even more special."
Before his appointment at the University of South Florida, Konin served as an assistant athletic director at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. His academic appointments include faculty positions at Delaware Technical and Community College, James Madison University and the University of South Florida.
Konin has authored and edited academic texts and numerous journal articles and is a frequent national and international lecturer on athletic and sports-related topics. He also served on the 1996 medical staff for the Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA, and currently serves as the medical coordinator for Team USA Wheelchair Rugby.
After earning his Bachelor of Science degree at Eastern in 1988, Konin received his master's degree in education from the University of Virginia in 1989, a master's degree in physical therapy in 1994 from the University of Delaware, and his doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2004.