GOSHEN — The Goshen College athletic department has named three individuals – including two Elkhart County natives – to new administrative positions in preparation for the 2017-18 season.
Emily (Arnsdorf) Osborne, a graduate of Fairfield High School, has been named the school's first assistant athletic trainer, while Bethany Christian and GC grad Andrew Snyder has been named coordinator of athletic marketing.
Jon Tropf, already associate coach of the Maple Leaf men's basketball team, has been named coordinator of the Roman Gingerich Recreation Fitness Center on campus.
"We are blessed to have such a talented and mission-focused team in place,'' Goshen athletic director Josh Gleason said. "I could not be more pleased with these additions to the Maple Leaf family. They each bring needed skill sets and also share our passion for developing student-athletes in all areas of their lives.''
The additions, according to at GC news release, "are part of a broader institutional direction to offer expanded opportunities in intercollegiate athletics and an athletic strategic plan to improve resources dedicated to student-athetes' college experience."
Osborne, who ran track at Fairfield, comes to Goshen after two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. She also worked as an undergraduate athletic training student at the University of Indianapolis, where she worked with the women's basketball team.
A four-sport athlete at Bethany Christian, Snyder will supervise Goshen's efforts in photography, videography, graphic design and social media. He graduated from the college in the spring and played soccer for two years with the Maple Leafs. He also served as the sports director for the campus radio station and the sport editor for the Goshen College Record.
Goshen College, according to the school, begins its 62nd intercollegiate varsity athletic year Aug. 16 with a home volleyball match that also kicks off the school's 53rd year of varsity sports for women.
For the first time since 2006-07, each of Goshen's head coaches is slated to return in 2017-18.
GC's 13 intercollegiate sports in 2016-17 included more than 230 athletes.
The school's first demonstration match in men's volleyball is slated for Oct. 6.