06 June 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke announces the appointment of Brandon R. Podgorski as the athletic and fitness center director. He began his position Monday, June 3.
"This is another important step in our journey to build a quality athletic program on campus," stated Sciame-Giesecke.
Podgorski, 33, was fitness center director and assistant women's basketball coach at Darton State College, Albany, Ga.
Todd Gambill, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management, said the campus is "fortunate to land someone of Brandon's talent and background.
"He brings us a wealth of experience in both intercollegiate athletics and fitness center management," he said. "I am excited about working with him to develop the first-class programs that are the hallmark of Indiana University."
He will manage the new Milt and Jean Cole Family Wellness and Fitness Center, slated to open in late summer, as well as overseeing the athletics programs. This is the third year for team sports on campus, and the second year in the NAIA. IU Kokomo joined the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in May.
Podgorski is excited for the opportunity to open a brand-new fitness center, and to develop the athletic programs.
"We're establishing a culture of excellence with our athletic programs," he said. "We are going to expand them and build them to succeed at the conference and national levels. I am happy to open the fitness center, and to see all the excitement about having this facility available for our campus community."
Podgorski has a bachelor's degree in general studies, with a minor in sports marketing and management, from Indiana University; and a master's degree in recreation and sports sciences, with an emphasis on coaching education, from Ohio University.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.