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Former Penn State Assistant Athletic Director Dies at 72

by on March 05, 2014 7:25 AM

Ellen Perry, who wore many hats during a distinguished career in Penn State's athletic department, has passed away.

Perry was 72.

During a career that spanned almost 40 years, Perry served as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator.

Perry worked for Penn State from 1966 until her retirement in 2002. She was Penn State's first women's swimming and diving head coach.

In 1989, Perry was named associate athletic director and senior woman administrator, a position she held until 2002.

Athletic director Dave Joyner remembers Perry as a key player in efforts to get more women involved in sports. "Ellen Perry was one of the primary forces in making Penn State an early leader among national universities in providing opportunities for women in athletics on the intercollegiate, intramural and club levels," he says.

Joyner adds, "She played a significant role in Penn State's transition into the Big Ten Conference and helped lay the foundation for the 60-plus Big Ten titles and nearly 20 national championships our women's teams have won."

During her tenure as an administrator, Penn State's women's programs won 14 national championships in six sports, along with 17 Big Ten regular season championships and nine Big Ten tournament titles.

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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