Arcadia University Promotes Rob Nydick to Associate Director of Athletics & Recreation

GLENSIDE, PA (June 21, 2012) – Rob Nydick has been promoted to Associate Director of Athletics and Recreation, effective July 1, as announced by Retiring Arcadia University Director of Athletics & Recreation Shirley Liddle. Nydick enters his fourth season as Head Coach of Men’s Soccer and will continue in his coaching capacity in addition to his new administrative role.

Nydick will work alongside Brian Granata, who began his new role as Arcadia’s incoming Director of Athletics & Recreation on June 18, in areas such as scheduling, supervision, transportation and recruiting. “Throughout his career, Rob has demonstrated a tremendous level of professionalism and preparedness at East Stroudsburg, Rutgers and Stevens,” notes Granata. “He has also made a tremendous impact on the Men’s Soccer program and within the athletics department as a whole since he arrived at Arcadia. I look forward to building a very solid working relationship with Rob and have the utmost confidence that he will excel in this new role. His promotion is certainly well deserved.”

“Rob has shown his leadership, teamwork and administrative skills over the past season at Arcadia and is very ready to take on additional roles for the staff and programs,” says Liddle. “Rob will be a great Associate AD!”

In his first season on the sidelines for the Men’s Soccer program in 2009, Nydick transformed a team that had gone 6-12 overall and 1-5 in the Commonwealth Conference the previous year into a contender with a 12-6-3 overall record and 4-1-2 in the league during his first season. That same season, the team made it to the Commonwealth Conference championship game, and Nydick was tabbed as the league’s Coach of the Year. During the 2010 campaign, the team finished 11-8 overall and went 5-2 in the Commonwealth, making it into the post-season for the second straight season. In 2011, the team fell one game shy of its third trip to the league Championship, finishing with a 9-8-1 overall record, while going 3-3-1 in Commonwealth action.

Nydick has guided the program to a 32-22-1 record over three seasons. In this short time, his student-athletes have earned six Commonwealth First Team nods, three Second Team selections and 27 All Academic honors for the Middle Atlantic Conference. His student-athletes have also been named to the Co-SIDA/ESPN Academic All District Team, NSCAA Mid-Atlantic 3rd Team and Philadelphia Inquirer All Academic Team. The program been recognized for academic excellence by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), earning the Team Academic Award the past three seasons.

During his time at Arcadia, Nydick has provided administrative support to the department, served on the Scarlet, Grey and Blue Ribbon Search Committee during Arcadia’s recent search for an athletics director, and has reinvigorated the Men’s Soccer alumni, hosting the first alumni game for the program on April 21. Nydick has earned both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University.

About Arcadia Athletics: The Knights compete in the NCAA Division III and the Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC), with 17 intercollegiate teams including a full equestrian team (both Hunt Seat and Western) which competes in the International Horse Show Association. Arcadia is committed to the Division III philosophy of ensuring that athletics programs are an integral part of students’ educational experiences. On average, 60 student-athletes attain Dean’s List each semester, and Arcadia has one of the very few full-time strength and conditioning coaches in the division. (http://www.arcadia.edu/athletics)

Media Contact: Joy Zazzera, Arcadia University, 215-572-4048, zazzeraj@arcadia.edu

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report ranks Arcadia University a top leader in the nation in undergraduate study abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program among the top 15 in the nation. Arcadia’s Physician Assistant students score in the elite 4th percentile on national boards. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (www.arcadia.edu)

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