College Park, Md. – University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced today that David Klossner has been named the Associate Athletic Director/Sports Performance.
Klossner joins the Terrapins after spending the past 10 years with the NCAA as Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute.
Klossner will lead Maryland’s sports medicine and strength and conditioning programs, as well as oversee all programs implemented by the department’s nutritionist.
“David’s holistic approach and breadth of experience will make him an outstanding addition to our athletic department,” Anderson said. “We are excited that he will lead our department in the ever-evolving fields of sports medicine, strength and conditioning and health and wellness for many years to come.”
“I am very excited to join a Maryland Athletics staff that has set forth a vision for delivering state-of-the-art student-athlete healthcare and sports performance services,” Klossner said. “I look forward to partnering with Maryland's academic departments and medical groups to provide the highest quality health, wellness, and performance development for student-athletes in every sport.”
Klossner serves as a National Office liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety issues for the organization’s members.
“David’s experience and commitment to college athletics throughout his career made him the ideal fit for Maryland Athletics,” said Kelly Mehrtens, deputy athletic director/chief operating officer. “David will be an outstanding resource for our student-athletes and poised to help us optimize sports performance services for our student-athletes, which is consistent with our Maryland Way strategic plan.”
"Dave Klossner has been an integral leader for health and safety initiatives for the NCAA national office and for the association as a whole," said Dr. Brian Hainline, NCAA chief medical officer. "Although we will miss him, the NCAA is thrilled that Dave will take his expertise and professionalism to one of our member institutions."
In addition to his work with the NCAA, Klossner also represents the NCAA to committees for the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, US Lacrosse, USA Baseball, and as a board member for National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). Klossner frequently presents on health and safety topics relevant to NCAA policy at national organization meetings, NCAA member conferences and meetings related to sports medicine.
Prior to the NCAA, Klossner was a faculty member at DePauw and South Florida while holding administrative duties as the Director of Athletic Training Education for both institutions. He has worked clinically as a certified athletic trainer providing athlete health care to high school, collegiate and professional athletes. He also served as an athletic trainer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.Klossner received his bachelor and master of science degrees at Indiana and his Ph.D from Ohio.