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Michael J. Diorka
Position: Associate AD, Facility Management

Dr. Michael J. Diorka has been an Associate Director of Athletics for Facility Management since 2007. in that position, he is the senior administrator overseeing all recreation and intercollegiate facilities and operations, game management and equipment operations. He has also been involved in the day-to-day activities of all of Penn Athletics’ construction projects during the recent Campaign for Penn Athletics which includes the George A. Weiss Pavilion, the Donald A. Frey Athletic Training Room; the Penn Park Athletic/Recreation Complex; the Tse Center at Hutchinson Gymnasium; River Fields Park including the move of Rhodes Field and the building of Ellen Vagelos C’90 Field; and the Franklin Field turf replacement.

Diorka has been with Penn Athletics since 1996, initially serving as the department’s Director of Recreation and Program Services until his promotion in 2007. In 2012, he was a nominee for the University’s Model of Excellence.

Prior to his arrival at Penn, Dr. Diorka was the director of recreational programs at Tulane University in New Orleans from 1988-96. Before that, he was at Saint Joseph’s University as an assistant cross country/track coach (1978-88) and assistant director of intercollegiate athletics for recreation and athletic facilities (1981-88).

From 1971-81, Dr. Diorka worked at Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pa., as a teacher, coach, and Director of Student Activities.

From 2002-09, Dr. Diorka taught courses on “Stadium/Arena Design and Management” as well as “Sport and Recreation Management” at Temple University’s School of Tourism/Hospitality Management. From 2003-05 he taught a course on “The Business of Sport” at Drexel’s Goodwin Evening College of Adult Learning. From 2001-03, he taught “Legal Aspects of Sport” and “Leadership and Management” at Neumann College’s Department of Sport Management; and from 1993-96 he taught “Legal Aspects of Law and Recreation” and “Event and Facility Management” at Tulane’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science.

Dr. Diorka has also consulted at institutions such as Princeton University, Villanova University, Georgetown University Law School, the University of San Francisco’s Koret Recrational Center, and served in a support capacity for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Committee Track & Field Trials in New Orleans.


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