Dave Joyner named Penn State acting athletic director

Former trustee was athlete at PSU

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- When Dave Joyner, Penn State's new acting athletic director, was a youngster in State College, his father thought he studied too much and didn't get enough exercise.

So Bob Joyner enlisted the help of former Penn State assistant coach Dan Radakovich.

"Bob said, 'I have a fat kid and all he does is read books, and I want to find him a way to get some exercise,' " Radakovich said Wednesday.

Radakovich secured a locker for Bob Joyner in Rec Hall so he could bring his son to work out on the track that circles the basketball court.

Radakovich also secured Mike Reid, an All-American football player, as a wrestling workout partner for Dave Joyner, who was an all-state football player and PIAA wrestling champion at State College High School.

"Dave was just an average football player in high school, but he became a heck of a prospect pretty quickly," said Radakovich, a former Penn State player who spent 48 years as a college and NFL coach, including stints with the Steelers and Robert Morris, from where he retired in 2008.

"I think he had a dual scholarship at Penn State in wrestling and football."

Joyner was named to his new post Wednesday. He replaces interim athletic director Mark Sherburne, who replaced Tim Curley. Sherburne returns to his duties as associate athletic director.

Curley, fighting a perjury charge along with former financial officer Gary Schultz, is on leave as he defends himself against criminal charges that he failed to properly alert authorities when told of an alleged sexual assault of a child in 2002 by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Curley also is accused of lying to a grand jury.

Joyner finished second in the 1971 NCAA wrestling championships at heavyweight for the Nittany Lions and was a co-captain for the football team, which finished 11-1 that year. He has been a member of Penn State's Board of Trustees since 2000. He will suspend his membership on the board to take on his new role.

"Dave Joyner has served the board with integrity, and he is internationally known for his work with the U.S. Olympic Committee," Penn State president Rodney Erickson said in a statement. "I am confident that he will bring that same integrity to his new role."

Joyner is among a select group of individuals who have been inducted into the CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame, which honors "those with the highest standards in college academics, athletics and in life beyond athletics."

He is a member of the all-time Penn State football team and received the Outstanding Football Alumnus Award from the Quarterback Club in 1985. He was awarded the Wrestling Club's Distinguished Alumnus Award in '93 and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in '94 and the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame in '93.

"Dave was an exceptional student before he was an athlete," Radakovich said. "He's very smart. He should do fine."

Joyner received his bachelor's degree in science from Penn State in 1972 and his M.D. from the College of Medicine in '76. Following residencies in general and orthopedic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a brief stint in the World Football League, Joyner began a medical career with a sports medicine emphasis.

He is a health care and business consultant as well as an orthopedic physician. He was a member of Penn State Libraries Development Advisory Board, co-chairman of the Paterno Libraries Endowment, chairman of the external advisory board for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Schreyer Honors College, a member of the Hershey Medical Center Capital Campaign Committee and was active in the Grand Destiny Campaign for Athletics.

Joyner is a member of the board of directors for The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

His work with the U.S. Olympic Committee includes service as head physician to the United States' teams at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games, the '91 World University Games and the '89 United States Olympic Festival. He is a past chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Society. He currently is a member of the medical commission of the Pan American Sports Organization.

Ron Musselman: rmusselman@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rmusselmanppg.


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