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New gymnastics coach, ESL director appointed

Nov. 5, 2009

KALAMAZOO--During their Nov. 2 board meeting, Western Michigan University trustees approved two administrative appointments.

Trustees signed off on the previously announced appointment of David Kuzara as head women's gymnastics coach, effective Oct. 5, and appointed Diana Vreeland director of the Career English Language Center for International Students, effective Sept. 8.

David Kuzara becomes the sixth head coach of the Bronco gymnastics program. He was the head coach in that sport at the University of Massachusetts for 10 seasons before UMass dropped its program in 2002. Kuzara built a 100-68 career record there, and helped his student-athletes qualify to attend the NCAA Nationals on four occasions as well as his teams qualify to attend the NCAA Regionals nine out of 10 years. In addition, UMass garnered 35 NACGC Academic All-America recognitions during his tenure and Kuzara was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 2002.

Most recently, he was an assistant coach for the past three seasons at the University of Arkansas and at West Virginia from 2003 to 2006. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan from 1991 to 1993. Kuzara earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Michigan after having attended WMU for one year.

Diana Vreeland comes to WMU from Saginaw Valley State University, where she had been serving as director of its English as a Second Language program since 2007 and was assistant director for one year prior to assuming that position. She also has more than 20 years of experience teaching ESL and administering international programs at Michigan Technological University, Central Michigan University and City University in the Slovak Republic.

Vreeland has taught English for speakers of non-English languages at various institutions for more than 10 years, speaks Slovak, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Canada and Mexico as well as to many other countries. Vreeland earned two degrees from CMU, a bachelor's degree in English education and a master's degree with a concentration in teaching ESL.

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Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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