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07/02/2014

Notre Dame SAAC Earns 2013-14 ACC Sportsmanship Award

Fighting Irish student-athlete leadership group among three recipients of conference honor.

10/11/2012

Pay It Forward

The Student-Athlete Advisory Council Spends a Record Number of Hours in the Community

10/11/2012

Pay It Forward

The Student-Athlete Advisory Council Spends a Record Number of Hours in the Community

Mike Harrity serves as a Senior Associate Athletics Director at The University of Notre Dame, leading the areas that directly impact the student-athlete experience: the Rosenthal Leadership Academy, career development, community service-learning, athletic training, nutrition, strength and conditioning and the newly created Sports Science initiative. Harrity also serves as the sport administrator for the women’s soccer program.

During the past year, Notre Dame has created two innovative positions within the athletic department focused on maximizing the potential of each student-athlete that are the first of their kind nationally: The Director of Performance Sciences leads the sport-specific technical interfaces that maximize the impact of performance support services. The Director of Mental Conditioning arms coaches and sports performance staff members with the skills necessary to make the connection between sport psychology theory and applied practice, to impact student-athlete daily performance. 

“Our promise to all of our prospective student-athletes is that we will help them maximize their growth intellectually, athletically and personally,” says Harrity. “The commitment they make by coming to Notre Dame is that they’ll invest themselves fully in that opportunity for growth.  To deliver on our promise, it is absolutely necessary to connect and build trusting relationships with them, which is only possible if we understand who they are and who they aspire to be.”

Harrity grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, and earned a journalism scholarship to The University of Kansas, where he went on to become the first in his entire extended family to graduate from college. He also earned a Master’s degree in Education and served in athletics department roles at the University of Minnesota and The University of Kansas before joining the Notre Dame team in December 2011.

Fascinated by creating cultures of sustained excellence, Mike explored this subject with 13 coaches who have won 103 combined championships, along with many of their former team members. The results of his exploration were published in his first book in 2012, Coaching Wisdom.

His wife, Dr. Megan Harrity, also works at Notre Dame as a Counseling & Sport Psychologist, and they have two daughters Grace, age 6, and Evelyn, age 3.

Mike Harrity
Mike  Harrity

Position:
Senior Associate Athletics Director

Department:
Student-Athlete Services

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