Steve Nordwall joined the University of Maryland athletics department in September 2014 as the Assistant Athletics Director/Director of Athletic Training. Nordwall will lead the day-to-day organization, administration, and clinical application of comprehensive health care services for more than 500 student-athletes in 20 sports.
Nordwall spent the last 14 years at Eastern Michigan University responsible for the daily sports medicine operations for EMU’s 21 varsity sports programs. Nordwall joined EMU in 2002 as the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine before becoming the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in the fall of 2011. While at Eastern Michigan, Nordwall instituted an effective approach towards student-athlete care, injury management, physician coordination, alcohol and other drugs programs, psychological care programs, crisis management plan development, and quality assurance strategies.
He has also served on various committees during his tenure including: the National Athletic Trainer Association’s College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee District 4 Representative (June 2008-11), the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (Vice President - Jan. 2012-Present; Secretary - Jan. 2006-12), the Mid-American Conference Sports Medicine Association (Executive Officer - May 2007-Present), the EMU Student Intervention Team Member (2010-2012), the EMU Biannual AOD Policy Review Committee member (July 2002-Present), Coordinator of the EMU Athletic AOD Policy Review, the Athletic Department Crisis Plan Develop Committee Co-Chair (Aug. 2007-Present), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (Aug. 2006-Present) and the EMU Athletics Strategic Planning Committee (Jan. 2007-08).
Prior to EMU, Nordwall spent five years as an assistant athletic trainer for the Kent State University athletic program. For the Golden Flashes, Nordwall worked with the entire intercollegiate sports program and held direct responsibilities with the football and men’s basketball teams. During his time in Kent, Ohio the men’s basketball team advanced to the 2002 NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight to go along with NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2001.
From 1991-94 Nordwall was the head athletic trainer at Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He then moved on to Western Michigan University as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 1994-96, followed by a position at the University of Notre Dame as an assistant athletic trainer during the 1996-97 season. He joined the Kent State University staff in 1997 as an assistant athletic trainer and remained there until accepting the EMU position.
Nordwall is a certified athletic trainer and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He is also a certified professional rescuer CPR/AED by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and certified in first aid by the American College of Emergency Physicians. In the classroom, Nordwall has served as a adjunct lecturer/clinical instructor in the EMU Athletic Training Education program and as a clinical instructor/in-service coordinator at KSU from 1997-02.
A native of Minnetonka, Minn., Nordwall graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1986. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree at North Park College in Chicago, Ill. in 1990, and followed that with his master’s degree at Western Michigan University in 1996.