Head Softball Coach Mike McKenzie wants one thing for his players: A great four-year experience. And for him that means success both on the field and in the classroom — but it never means compromise.
It takes more than pumping iron to get the most out of a strength and conditioning program. For one thing, it takes hours of meticulous behind-the-scenes planning, which is exactly what Chad Trudo and his staff are doing this summer.
In recent years, the university invested heavily in the renovation of training, conditioning, practice and competition environments in or near Alumni Hall. And to ensure all of our Spartan teams experience a distinctive home field advantage, AU concurrently launched a search to identify a site for development of additional facilities.
Nicki Pieart, assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer, is an excellent example of the “service before self ” mantra. Her dedication to serving both the campus and greater Aurora community through numerous service initiatives is admirable.
A strong tradition of excellence both on and off the playing field defines the Aurora University student-athlete experience. Character, integrity and civility are as important as game-winning baskets and goals. At the core of the AU athletic experience is the health and welfare of every student-athlete.