Gettysburg College’s Fumagalli Mahoney Wins Hall of Fame Nod | Sports


For nearly two decades, Susan Fumagalli Mahoney, Senior Associate Director of Athletics, has been a ubiquitous figure behind the scenes of Gettysburg College’s track program. This passion and dedication to the institution and its student-athletes drove Fumagalli Mahoney’s induction into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame on November 6.

Fumagalli Mahoney was one of five Hall of Fame inductees this year, joining former Dickinson College swimming coach Paul Richards, former Dickinson athletic coach Julie Emrhein, former star footballer at the University from Shippensburg Timothy Ebersole and former Lebanon Valley College football head coach James Monos. The inductees were recognized at a dinner at the Elks Club in Carlisle last weekend.

“I am incredibly honored to be inducted into the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame,” said Fumagalli Mahoney, who has worked as a sports administrator at Gettysburg since 2004. “When I got the call from Darwin Breaux, president from the chapter I was absolutely speechless. I also learned that I would be sharing the stage with Paul, a longtime conference swim head coach and a good friend I admire. It made a moment amazing all the more special to me.

Fumagalli Mahoney was unable to attend the Hall of Fame dinner, but Richards was more than happy to step in and accept the award on his behalf. Richards retired from Dickinson in 2020 and worked alongside Fumagalli Mahoney in dozens of swimming competitions over the past two decades, including the Centennial Conference Championships on an annual basis.

“Susan is such a professional,” said Richards. “Much of what she’s done is happening behind the scenes and no one knows it. She deserved to be recognized. She works tirelessly to create an environment and a culture where all of us – staff, coaches, students – athletes – can be better Former Dickinson athletic coach Julie Emrhein was also inducted and I was truly honored to be inducted along with two friends.

Dive into athletics

Fumagalli Mahoney’s love for athletics is ingrained in the pool. She grew up training and competing in swimming and this talent eventually brought her to St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. The sport instilled in Fumagalli Mahoney many of the traits that have carried her through more than three decades of work in college athletics.

“I loved the sport and continue to reap the benefits both in my personal life and in my professional career,” noted Fumagalli Mahoney. “Swimming has taught me persistence, determination and with a lot of hard work I could maybe have some success along the way.

Swimming has proven to be the catalyst that laid the foundation for my career in intercollegiate athletics.

Fumagalli Mahoney was in charge of the administration of the CC Swimming Championships several years ago and since then everything has gone well. The Vermont native, who received her Masters in Business and Information Systems from Widener University, rose to the challenge of leading the conference championship and making life easier for everyone involved, especially the coaches.

“Susan took over as an administrator and immediately started cleaning things up and being the accomplished professional that she is,” recalls Richards. “It changed the whole culture of competition. It has been easier for us as coaches to plan and focus on the athletes and be prepared.

For the love of the game

Fumagalli Mahoney’s first foray into sports administration was in the sports information career. She was a sports information intern at Bucknell University in 1992-93 and worked for a year as deputy director of sports information at the United States Naval Academy in 1993-94. In 1994, Fumagalli Mahoney took over as head of sports information at Widener, a position she held for a decade. She continued to enrich her resume by taking on additional administrative roles, including as the Coordinator of Women’s Athletics and Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration and Communications.

“Track and field is something I’ve been a part of my whole life and I always knew I wanted it to be a career from the start,” said the Vermont native. “I had a wonderful mentor as a student athlete and he helped shape my entire undergraduate experience. This led me to start a career in sports information, but I always knew that I also wanted to be part of a dynamic administrative team. I immediately fell in love with working in a college environment and with hundreds of student-athletes every year.

Although she gave up sports information to become the athletics administrator at Gettysburg in 2004, Fumagalli Mahoney has remained linked to her professional roots. She was a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America for nearly three decades and was instrumental in the organization’s Academic All-America program, serving as National Coordinator from 1999-2008 and later in the role. Vice-President, Awards. In 2018, she received the Lester Jordan Award from CoSIDA, which recognizes exemplary service to the Academic All-America Award program and the promotion of the ideals of being a student-athlete.

“I had the privilege of being in the room when Susan received the Lester Jordan Award in 2018,” said Corey Jewart, Director of Sports Communications. “When I arrived at Gettysburg in 2007 it was very reassuring to know that there was a former SID on the staff and Susan has helped me grow as a professional in ways I cannot describe. His dedication to college athletics is simply unprecedented and something that I strive to achieve every day of my own professional career.

Growing up in Gettysburg

Since arriving at Gettysburg, Fumagalli Mahoney has been a driving force behind Gettysburg’s pursuit of excellence nationally. She takes care of almost all aspects of athletics administration including overseeing finances, running the Sports Operations Center (recruiting) and recently took on the role of Compliance Officer.

Her work with the NCAA has been extensive and includes serving on the NCAA Women’s National Lacrosse Committee from 2008-2012, most notably as President from 2011-2012. She oversaw the institution’s first National Championships. with the 2010 NCAA Division II and III Women’s Lacrosse Championship and the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship. One of her greatest pride is to nominate deserving student-athletes for the prestigious NCAA graduate scholarships.

“Gettysburg has given me the opportunity to pursue my administrative dreams and use my graduate degree in Information Systems for almost 20 years now,” said Fumagalli Mahoney. “I have experienced the thrill of student-athletes winning National Graduate Scholarships, I have coordinated several national events and many successful conference championships on campus, and I have served the NCAA by working on several committees. These are some of my greatest feelings in my career. “

Fumagalli Mahoney worked alongside former athletic director David Wright from his arrival on campus until Wright retired in 2018. Mike Mattia took over as head of the athletics department and the transition was went smoothly thanks to the details and efforts of its new Senior Associate Director of Athletics.

“Since my arrival as Director of Athletics, she has been and continues to help me tremendously,” said Mattia. “She briefed me on the institutional knowledge I needed and made sure I understood all of the policies and procedures that make the sports department work. Her commitment to being organized, her dedication to our teams, coaches and staff, and her love for all of Gettysburg are just a few of the many qualities that make Susan a Hall of Fame member.

Since arriving at Gettysburg, Fumagalli Mahoney has seen the Bullets win 49 tag team championships at the Centennial Conference and win three NCAA Division III titles in women’s lacrosse. She also handled the nominations of seven NCAA postgraduate award winners and saw a total of 24 student-athletes claim Academic All-America status.

The journey continues

Fumagalli Mahoney’s unwavering determination has led her through indescribable physical ordeals over the past five years. In 2016, she suffered serious lower limb injuries and was identified as undiagnosed, resulting in the amputation of her left leg below the knee. She was unable to use a conventional alveolar prosthesis due to nerve complications and after exploring the area of ​​osseointegration (OI), she chose to undergo AK (above the knee) amputation and receive the system. OPRA implant. The device, which anchors a rod in his femur, allowed him to enter the office freely earlier this summer.

Recently, Fumagalli Mahoney suffered an AK amputation on his right leg, which had suffered a steady decline in recent months. She is awaiting a second stage II osseointegration surgery and hopes to get back on her feet with a new friend by her side by next spring.

“I also hope for an ADA Susquehanna service dog game in the coming year,” said Fumagalli Mahoney. “This dog will help me in many aspects of my life, but most of all in my balance. I look forward to returning to my once active lifestyle and continuing to work with an amazing team at Gettysburg in the overall pursuit of l academic and sporting excellence.

Through all trials and tribulations, Fumagalli Mahoney has remained a constant behind-the-scenes presence, advancing the sports department’s machine in the pursuit of success on and off the playing field. Between medical appointments, she sends important travel and recruiting information to coaches, keeps administration abreast of budgets and financial reports, and ensures student-athletes are up to date on important NCAA and institutional documentation .

Work has been a welcome distraction at times, but Fumagalli Mahoney is counting the days until she can walk through the doors of the Jaeger Center for Athletics, Recreation and Fitness and back to the pool deck or the sidelines.

“At the heart of it all, however, are hundreds of student-athletes every year who work incredibly hard in their sport,” said senior AD associate. “Seeing them do well and have an amazing experience, and knowing that I had a small part in the overall contribution as I work alongside a phenomenal team of coaches and administrators is the ultimate reward. Gettysburg is truly a special place where I have been able and continue to make so many dreams come true every day.


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