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Springfield College Professor On National Television

February 16, 2005

Springfield College Professor of Physical Education Mimi Murray recently appeared on NBC television’s “The Jane Pauley Show.” In December, Pauley hosted a show on the subject of abusive coaches, and Murray was asked to recommend ways for the athletics community to address the problem and ways for parents, coaches, and athletes to protect themselves.

“Mimi’s interview was seen by 12.6 million viewers nationally,” according to Claire Burns, Springfield College Media Relations Director, who was responsible for alerting the show’s research department to Murray’s expertise when she learned they were conducting a national search for an expert in physical education, coaching, gymnastics, sport psychology, and issues in sport.

Murray enjoys a national and international reputation in the field of athletics. She has served as president of the international and national organizations in health, physical education, recreation and dance, and of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. The Women’s Sports Foundation named her one of the five Pioneers in Women’s Athletics. During the efforts to secure passage of the landmark Title IX legislation, Murray was a prime mover. Murray is the former national gymnastics coach of the year, and has been a gymnastics commentator on ABC-TV’s “Wide World of Sports” and NBC’s “Sportsworld.”

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