September 13, 2012

Mount St. Mary's Athletic Department Announces New Hires

Emmitsburg, Md. (September 13, 2012)—Mount St. Mary’s University has announced several new hires to the athletic department staff.  Lily Otu joins the Mount as the Director of Compliance, Taylor Thames will serve as the Mount’s Athletic Operations/Event Management Coordinator, Sheila Tatsunami assistant athletic trainer and Allison Bologna assistant athletic trainer.

Otu comes to the Mount from Wagner College, where she served as a graduate assistant track and field coach last year.  Otu is a 2011 graduate of the Mount with a degree in sport management.  While at the Mount, she served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President, and was the Vice Chair for the Northeast Conference (NEC) Student-Advisory Committee.  Otu was a standout track performer at the Mount, earning All-NEC honors five times in her career.  She was selected to attend the NCAA Leadership Conference as a student-athlete in 2008.

Thames will be the Mount’s Athletic Operations/Event Management Coordinator.  Currently in his third season as an assistant coach with the Mount’s men’s soccer team, Thames is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where he was a goalkeeper and defender for the men’s soccer team.  Thames is on track to complete his Masters of Business Administration at the Mount in May 2013.

Tatsunami, a 2001 graduate of Indiana State University, served as the head athletic trainer for the Western New York Flash of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) this season.  She was the head athletic trainer at the DC United Academy in addition to working as a personal training director for Fitness First Rockville from 2010-2012.

Tatsunami was the head athletic trainer for the Real Maryland Football Club (2010-11) and the Austin Aztex Football Club (2008-09) as well.  She served as the Head Athletic Trainer/Kinesiology Instructor/Soccer Coach at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, from 2005-09.

Bologna, a 2011 graduate of Alfred University, will serve as an  assistant athletic trainer for the Mount.  She was an assistant athletic trainer at Maryland last year, working primarily with the swimming and men’s lacrosse teams.