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Ohio's Peggy Pruitt to Retire in June
Senior Associate Director of Athletics to end Bobcat career after 25 years

Contact: Heather Czeczok, 740-593-1299 or

ATHENS, Ohio (January 9, 2001) -- Peggy Pruitt has announced her retirement from her position with the Ohio Athletics Department after 25 years of service. Most recently, Pruitt has served as Ohio Athletics' Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations and Senior Woman Administrator. Her retirement will be effective as of June 30.

Pruitt joined Ohio's staff in 1975 as coordinator of women's athletics and the head coach for both field hockey and tennis. Three years later, she was promoted to Associate Director of Athletics, a position she held until promoted to Senior Associate Director in 1993.

"Peggy has dedicated a majority of her professional life to the development of Ohio Athletics," explained Thomas Boeh, Director of Athletics. "She has exhibited extreme loyalty to Ohio's student-athletes and our entire program. Through her hard work and leadership she has been a critical element in the success and accomplishments of our coaches and student-athletes. Peggy's long-time service to Ohio, the Mid-American Conference and the intercollegiate athletics industry has been truly appreciated and will be greatly missed. We will wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors."

Over the years, Pruitt has worked and coordinated a variety of activities for the Ohio Athletics Department. Beginning in 1975, she was head field hockey coach until 1977 and the head tennis coach until 1982. She was coordinator of women's athletics until 1978 and also served a Provost's internship from 1982 to 1984.

Pruitt has also had a number of responsibilities since her arrival at Ohio. She has been responsible for event management, coordinated athletic scholarships, scheduled athletic facilities and coached Division I tennis and field hockey programs. She also supervised the areas of student-athlete academic and development services, athletic training, compliance, equipment and strength and conditioning. She has supervised several sport programs including soccer, field hockey, cross-country, swimming and diving, wrestling, track and field, and golf.

Pruitt has also been involved with numerous Mid-American Conference committees and has held administrative positions on several National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators committees (NACWAA). She has also been a participant in the NCAA Peer Review Certification process and a member of the NCAA Women's Committee on Committees and for the past three years a member of the NCAA Regional Women's Soccer Ranking Committee.

"I appreciate the many opportunities Ohio University has afforded me over the past 25 years," said Pruitt. "I have had an opportunity to do many things in my career for which I am grateful. I have certainly enjoyed working with many people including the athletic department staff, student-athletes, other university personnel and with many friends in the community. My current plans are to remain in the community and support the Bobcats."

Prior to Ohio, Pruitt worked as head tennis coach at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She was also head coach for field hockey, volleyball and basketball at Nazareth College. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in physical education administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1976. In 1969 she received her Master of Science in physical education from the University of Kentucky while coaching women's basketball, and in 1965 earned her Bachelor of Arts in health, physical education and recreation from Kentucky.

Pruitt will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball on Saturday, February 10, 2001.

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