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Released June 1, 2004

By Angela Cutrer

HATTIESBURG -- The University of Southern Mississippi is welcoming another alumnus back to the fold as Lou Marciani returns to take up duties as director of the School of Human Performance and Recreation.

"I'm excited to be returning to Southern Miss," said Marciani, who worked at the university as director of Recreational Sports from 1974 to 1984 and as associate athletics director for external affairs from 1989-1991. "It's nice to be coming home and I believe my vast experience working in the profession combined with my background in academics gives me an overall perspective that can provide the School of Human Performance and Recreation with solid leadership."

Marciani currently serves as assistant dean of academic affairs and continuing education for the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Ala. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Charleston in West Virginia, a master's degree from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and an doctor of education degree from Southern Miss.

His extensive experience includes serving the United States Olympic Committee in the capacity of executive director of USA Rollers Sports and executive director of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He has also served in intercollegiate athletics administration as athletic director at Salisbury University, East Stroudsburg University, Western Kentucky University and Drexel University. He has been an instructor, associate professor and a member of the graduate faculty at several institutions.

"We are excited to have Dr. Marciani join us as director of the School of Human Performance and Recreation," said the interim dean of the College of Health, Dr. Joan Exline. "He is a strong supporter of Southern Miss and brings a unique combination of experiences to our program."


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