Feb 25, 2016New Position for Ivey
Former University of Missouri football player, strength coach, and associate athletic director of athletic performance Pat Ivey will be starting a new role within the university as the Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. This shift is due to Ivey not having been retained after new football coach Barry Odom was appointed.
According to an article from the Columbia Daily Tribune, Ivey’s position includes an effort to help improve attendance, retention, and graduation rates. After developing an inventory of programs offered, the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity will work to build partnerships to best use resources.
Ivey had been involved with the athletic department as a lettered defensive lineman from 1993-1995, and he had worked with the department since 2004. In 2013, the same year as he earned a doctorate in sport psychology, Ivey was named as the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com.
Ivey recently co-authored an article on mental toughness that was published in Training & Conditioning. In the article, the authors describe how they develop mental toughness in their student-athletes through motivation, preparation, focus, and emotional strength.