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Director of Women's Athletics announces retirement

Published: 22 August 2014

Lynn Dorn, Director of Women’s Athletics at NDSU, has announced her retirement effective March 31, 2015.

“As a new decade begins for Division I for North Dakota State University athletics, so too a new decade begins for me,” she wrote to Interim Director of Athletics Prakash Mathew. “To serve as the Director of Women’s Athletics has been greatly appreciated and I will be forever grateful for the opportunities provided to me.”

Mathew credited Dorn for a distinguished career. “Lynn, you have had a remarkable career at North Dakota State University, and you have given 37 years of dedicated service touching the lives of many people on this campus, particularly student athletes,” he wrote in accepting her retirement.

In Dorn's tenure as the director of women's athletics, NDSU’s women's teams have won seven national titles, 62 North Central Conference titles, 36 Summit League championships and nine conference all-sports trophies, including the Summit League Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award four straight years.  

Three student-athletes have been named the Honda Broderick Division II Most Outstanding Female Athlete, five received the NCC's Stan Marshall Award, and there have been 138 All-Americans in six sports since 1981.  

Thirty-five women have been selected for 54 CoSIDA Academic All-America® awards and 18 have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.  

Dorn was named one of the five most influential people in Division II athletics by College Sports magazine in 1995, one of seven administrators of the year in 2002 by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, Women's Basketball Coaches Association Administrator of the Year in 1997.

Dorn said she has enjoyed watching and supporting countless student athletes and coaches as they competed during her many years as the Director of Women’s Athletics. “I now look forward to sharing my time with my family, most especially my father, as well as my young nieces and nephews as they embark on their own athletic ambitions. My retirement provides me the opportunity to refocus my energy, passion and enthusiasm for athletics into other facets of my life. 

“I wish to thank the many people including student athletes, coaches, staff, administrators, faculty and friends who have richly impacted my time as Women’s Athletic Director.”


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