Inside the Shark Tank with AD Michael Mominey: Issue 03

From the Desk of Nova Southeastern Director of Athletics Michael Mominey
May 14, 2020

Shark Family,

I hope this communication finds you and everyone in your family healthy and safe. As we continue to adapt to this unprecedented situation, it’s truly the little things that help remind us of what is truly important – family. This past Mother’s Day Sunday is a perfect example, as we all may have made some changes to how we celebrated this holiday. However, whomever we celebrated with, the meaning still resonated as we all showed our appreciation and love to all the incredible mothers in our lives.
 
Another recent life event for many saw a modification over the weekend, with the absence of an in-person commencement at Nova Southeastern. To that end, I want to recognize our senior Shark graduates. Thank you for your perseverance, your performance and your overall successes during your time at NSU. “Once a Shark, Always a Shark” is a motto we often use to define us and will live by if you ever had the opportunity to represent our university as a student-athlete. For many of you, this was likely the toughest semester in your time on campus – whether it be the interruption of your season, a major change to your routine, the time lost with the adopted family within your team or just a moving out of your comfort zone – you performed admirably to reach the finish line. Thank you to over 50 Shark student-athletes who rose above all these challenges on their path and completed the journey which began with committing to become a part of our Shark family. Although there was no in-person celebration from the stage in the Rick Case Arena, we witnessed our Sharks show their pride on social media sharing their celebrations with the most important audience, their loved ones and friends. From those lessons learned during grueling morning workouts, in becoming leaders for your teams and from the heat of competition, it’s now your time to apply all these experiences and carry your success into your next journey of life. I have no doubt we will see all of you succeed in your life goals and continue to make NSU proud.
 
As the next chapter of this unprecedented pandemic unfolds, we must all stay in this together to overcome what comes next, whatever that may be. As your country, your states and even our local areas move into different stages of re-opening, please heed the recommendations of the medical experts and your government officials to stay educated on the ways to keep yourselves and your family safe. We can and will reach our next goal of returning to normal. Although it may become the “new normal”, I firmly believe that we will come through on the other side of this pandemic even stronger.

I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy summer and look forward to the day we can all be together again in person and on this beautiful campus, celebrating each other and our successes as “One Shark Family“.
 
Go Sharks!
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Michael Mominey
Director of Athletics
#OneSharkFamily | #InThisTogether
 


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Inside the Shark Tank with AD Michael Mominey: Issue 02

From the Desk of Nova Southeastern Director of Athletics Michael Mominey
April 28, 2020

Shark Family,

This past Sunday, the resilience of the Shark spirit was again on display as we hosted our annual Sharky’s award show, but this time in the virtual space to prove what Sharks can do when faced with adversity. From the time we moved into this period of uncertainty, the event’s committee dedicated themselves to making sure that this event would continue and we would utilize all of our resources to ensure that our 2019-20 student-athletes receive the recognition they deserve for their accomplishments in competition and in the classroom – providing a togetherness as the semester comes to a close that is unique to our annual awards.

Instead of simply providing a distraction in these unprecedented times, the Sharky’s gave us some time to be together again, though we are spread all over the world. We saw watch parties, student-athletes and staff dressed for the red carpet, lots of pets and student-athletes collaborating from their homes with athletics staff to give their peers their due recognition. It was truly an amazing first-class experience to have our Shark family back together for one more afternoon this academic year. Congratulations to all our winners and nominees on what all of you have accomplished this year.

Just as in previous years, the awards show gets us ready to roll into finals week, and this year is no different. After one of the best fall semesters on record, in which 73 percent of our Sharks were over a 3.0 GPA and every single team achieved that same gold standard, we are expecting our student-athletes to attack this final academic hurdle to finish out this term strong with the same mentality that has made them champions in the arena of competition.

To our graduating seniors, as you complete the final steps to concluding your time as a Shark, know that we are proud of you and cannot overstate our appreciation for what you have brought to our culture, our campus and our family. Though times may be uncertain now, your perseverance to battle through adversity will help you to finish like the champions you are. This will not only garner your name on that earned diploma but will pay dividends in the very near future as you leave the Shark Tank as graduates.

I hope everyone takes the opportunity to check out the Sharky’s broadcast linked below or watch it again as Shark nation prepares for the final stretch of the 2019-20 academic year.

I hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy during this time.
 
Go Sharks!
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Michael Mominey
Director of Athletics
#OneSharkFamily | #InThisTogether
 


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Inside the Shark Tank with AD Michael Mominey: Issue 01

From the Desk of Nova Southeastern Director of Athletics Michael Mominey
April 14, 2020

Shark Family,

Coming off the Easter holiday and seeing people around the world adapt their celebrations to the needs of the many, I am reminded of the strength demonstrated in the Sharks community over the past several weeks. Although the cancelations and postponements of so many significant events were forced by the pandemic, we were able to able to act swiftly and decisively at NSU Athletics. I want to express my pride and gratitude for our entire athletic program, from the administration to the coaches and student-athletes, for their professionalism in carrying out what was needed to put us all in a safer situation. Our Sharks truly are amazingly resilient.

As I have said previously, there will be so much more to experience and to navigate through before we come out on the other side of this international crisis.  However, the actions of our entire Shark family remain a source of pride in this very serious situation. We remain proactive, optimistic, thoughtful and will continue to lead with a student-centered mindset as we take aim at the future on the other side of this pandemic.

I hope everyone is following us on our social media platforms as well as on our website. This is a great way to stay engaged with our program and with each other.  We have a tremendous amount of quality content being produced internally and we love the content that our student-athletes have posted.

Finding opportunity in adversity, our coaches have been able to use this time to develop even stronger relationships with their student-athletes with a new way of interacting that extends beyond the bounds of competition. In the meantime, our student-athletes are proving their resiliency in this situation through their adaptation to online education and are laser-focused on yet another strong academic finish to this semester.

I so look forward to the day that our NSU students, faculty and staff return to campus and when we can all get back to some normalcy. I truly believe that we will have learned some valuable lessons through this crisis, and we will all be better off because of it.

I hope you and your families are staying safe and staying healthy during this time.
 
Go Sharks!
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Michael Mominey
Director of Athletics
#OneSharkFamily | #InThisTogether
 

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NSU Salutes Shark Athletic Trainers

For all the hard work put on display by Nova Southeastern student-athletes and the glory that comes with their many successes throughout the year, there is always a crucial team working behind the scenes that keep the Sharks’ squads healthy and ready to perform. As a very eventful National Athletic Training Month (NATM) comes to a close, the Sharks want to place the spotlight on the NSU Sports Medicine department and thank them for all they do for our Shark student-athletes.
 
Headed by Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Zevon Stubblefield – now in his 13th year with the Sharks – NSU has one of the most developed sports medicine departments in NCAA Division II, combining the efforts of seven full-time staff members and a host of student athletic trainers to care for the medical needs and well-being of over 350 student-athletes from a multitude of different sport disciplines. The Sharks’ full-time group consists of Stubblefield, Amy Gatens, Jason Palmateer, Jessie Bollback, Amanda Leon, Patrick Roosta and Ben Wood.
 
“I am so grateful for the athletic trainers at Nova Southeastern University,” Stubblefield said. “They are a very dedicated, positive and compassionate group of professionals. NSU athletic trainers value the physical, social and emotional welfare of all NCAA student-athletes, exemplified through collaborative efforts in injury prevention, medical care, education, academic mentorship, service and research. Our student-athletes are fortunate to have Jason, Amy, Jessie, Amanda, Patrick and Ben helping them achieve their career goals.”
 
The role of an Athletic Trainer (AT) goes well beyond taping ankles and providing water. ATs are all educated in five different domains of sports medicine, including prevention, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, immediate and emergency care, treatment and rehabilitation and providing organized and professional health and well-being for the student-athlete.
 
For NSU, the AT role also aids the program in incoming physical examinations, everyday practice support, physician referrals and aids the athletes and department in staying up to date on injury trends, statistics and research – in addition to being called upon as emergency first responders.
 
Outside of the sporting world, a variety of medical fields rely on ATs for medical assistance, and athletic training is on track to become one of the fastest-growing medical fields, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physicians, hospitals, clinics and other employers demand ATs for their versatile wellness services, and injury and illness prevention skills. In addition, ATs provide another important aspect to healthcare, specializing in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury.
 
At Nova Southeastern, the Sharks are cared for by a proven group, which includes a role in the university’s COVID-19 Task Force, as well as a winner of the 2019 College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year from the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida. Most of our Sharks AT team have master’s degrees and one is a Doctorate of Athletic Training (DAT) student. The group holds numerous certifications, including functional movement screening, strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), EMT, soft tissue mobilizations and regularly present research at national conferences, are guest lecturers and members of professional committees.

For more information about National Athletic Training Month or the professional field and association, please visit: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
 
For all the latest from NSU Sports Medicine, follow on Twitter @NSU_AT and on Instagram @NSU_AT. To stay up with all the payoffs for all of NSU Sports Medicine’s hard work with the Sharks, follow the athletic department on Twitter @NSUSharks, on Instagram @NSUSharks and on Facebook /NSUSharksAthletics.
 

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Nova Southeastern Athletics Suspends Activities Until Further Notice

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Effective immediately, Nova Southeastern University has suspended all athletic competition, practices and related activities until further notice, in response to the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation.
 
Statement from Nova Southeastern Director of Athletics Michael Mominey:
“With the safety, health and welfare of our student-athletes, our staff and our entire Shark family, we have made the decision to suspend all athletic competition, practices and related activities. This decision is in the best interest of all parties and is aligned with President Hanbury’s and Nova Southeastern University’s directive and supports the values of the university.”
 
NSU’s approach aligns with a near-nationwide approach to this public health situation in intercollegiate athletics. On March 12, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the 2020 NCAA basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA Championships. Per the NCAA statement, this decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the NCAA’s ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

The University has established a website that offers the latest information and guidance to the Nova Southeastern community. For more the complete communication shared with the NSU community containing additional details, please go to: NSU CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 UPDATES

As the situation surrounding the coronavirus constantly evolves, further updates will be posted as they become available on NSUSharks.com, as well as on our Twitter (@NSUSharks).
 

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This Weekend in Sharks Athletics

This Weekend in Sharks Athletics

General 1/30/2020 12:00:00 PM

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It’s a busy weekend for the Sharks, with softball and baseball getting started, on top of another big conference basketball doubleheader. Keep an eye on those later basketball game times on Saturday! Plenty of opportunities to check out the Sharks on campus over the next few days.
 
This Week In Sharks Athletics 

Softball
Last Week: Idle
This Week: 
– [Neutral] vs. Lubbock Christian – Friday, Jan. 31, 10:00 a.m. CT, Gulf Shores Sportsplex – Gulf Shores, Ala.
– [Neutral] vs. West Alabama – Friday, Jan. 31, 12:00 p.m. CT, Gulf Shores Sportsplex – Gulf Shores, Ala. (Watch Live, Live Stats)
– [Neutral] vs. Lee – Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00 p.m. CT, Gulf Shores Sportsplex – Gulf Shores, Ala. (Live Stats
– [Neutral] vs. No. 4 West Florida – Saturday, Feb. 1, 4:30 p.m. CT, Gulf Shores Sportsplex – Gulf Shores, Ala. (Live Stats
– [Neutral] vs. Delta State – Sunday, Feb.2, 9:30 a.m. CT, Gulf Shores Sportsplex – Gulf Shores, Ala. (Live Stats
– [Neutral] vs. Rogers State – Sunday, Feb.2, 11:30 a.m. CT, Gulf Shores Sportsplex – Gulf Shores, Ala. (Live Stats
 
Baseball
Last Week: Idle
This Week: 
– No. 7 North Greenville – Friday, Jan. 31, 6:00 p.m., NSU Baseball Complex (Watch Live, Live Stats
– Tusculum – Saturday, Feb. 1, 2:00 p.m., NSU Baseball Complex (Watch Live, Live Stats)
– St. Thomas (Fla.) – Sunday, Feb. 2, 12:00 p.m., NSU Baseball Complex (Watch Live, Live Stats)

Women’s Basketball 
Last Week: W, 102-97, at Barry [SSC] (Jan. 22)W, 130-76, vs. No. 25 Tampa [SSC] (Jan. 25)
This Week: 
– Saint Leo [SSC] – Saturday, Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m., Rick Case Arena (Watch LiveLive Stats)
Promotions: NSU Students Apple TV Giveaway – Earn one entry per basketball game you attend and must be present at men’s halftime to claim when winner announced.

Men’s Basketball 
Last Week: W, 70-66, at Barry [SSC] (Jan. 22)L, 66-67, vs. No. 25 Tampa [SSC] (Jan. 25)
This Week: 
– Saint Leo [SSC] – Saturday, Feb. 1, 4:00 p.m., Rick Case Arena (Watch LiveLive Stats)
Promotions: NSU Students Apple TV Giveaway – Earn one entry per basketball game you attend and must be present at men’s halftime to claim when winner announced.
 
Women’s Tennis
Last Week: Idle
This Week: Friday’s scheduled match against No. 13 Flagler postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 4
 

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This Week in Sharks Athletics

This Week in Sharks Athletics

General 1/22/2020 2:00:00 PM

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Basketball rules the schedule for the final time this season, as only tennis holds a scrimmage this week beyond the hardcourt for the Sharks. However, next week will see several teams coming to a field near you! All eyes will be on Miami Shores with a consequential matchup across county lines for the Buccaneers and Sharks.
 
This Week In Sharks Athletics 

Women’s Basketball 
Last Week: W, 76-55, vs. Palm Beach Atlantic [SSC] (Jan. 15)W, 84-71, vs. Embry-Riddle [SSC] (Jan. 18)
This Week: 
– at Barry – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m., Health & Sports Center – Miami Shores, Fla. (Watch LiveLive Stats)
SOUTH FLORIDA SHOWDOWN TRIPLEHEADER with NSU University School
– Tampa – Saturday, Jan. 25, 2:00 p.m., Rick Case Arena (Watch LiveLive Stats)

Men’s Basketball 
Last Week: W, 103-88, vs. Palm Beach Atlantic [SSC] (Jan. 15)W, 83-82, vs. Embry-Riddle [SSC] (Jan. 18)
This Week: 
– at Barry – Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., Health & Sports Center – Miami Shores, Fla. (Watch LiveLive Stats)
SOUTH FLORIDA SHOWDOWN TRIPLEHEADER with NSU University School
– Tampa – Saturday, Jan. 25, 4:00 p.m., Rick Case Arena (Watch LiveLive Stats)
 
 

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