Mickey Blymier begins his sixth year as the Diplomats’ Director of Athletic Communications and his eighth year at F&M after serving as the assistant director for two years. Blymier is responsible for all aspects of athletic communications for the Diplomats’ 27 intercollegiate athletic teams.
Since being hired in the spring of 2009, Blymier has turned F&M's Athletic Communications Department into a leader in the field and one of the nation's best in Division III. In 2012-13, Blymier added high-definition web broadcast for 12 sports, making F&M the first institution in the Centennial Conference to broadcast in HD and one of only 20 schools around the country to do so. Since then, he has led the broadcast of at least 150 events each year and overseen a 176 percent increase in viewers in the last four years. In 2015-16, over 32,000 viewers watched live sporting events produced by the department.
Blymier led the reconstruction of GoDiplomats.com on three occasions, the most recent occurring in 2014, resulting in a more robust website which immediately doubled the number of page views per month. In 2015-2016, GoDiplomats.com reached 34 million page views, a 209 percent increase from 2012-13.
The department's online presence has continued to grow, as the GoDiplomats YouTube page has experienced a 193 percent increase in views from 2012-13. Subscribers can find highlights, previews, and other exclusive content on the page, which now features well over 100 new uploads per year.
Blymier’s scope has extended past the traditional duties associated with a D.A.C. He plans, organizes and scripts the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and manages the F&M Athletic Online Store, DiplomatsGear.com. Other tasks include serving as the liaison between the athletic department and information technology department at the college. He has also worked extensively with researching and implementing FrontRush, a compliance and student-athlete management software in use by the athletic department.
In the spring of 2010, Blymier was part of a focus group that developed the new Diplomats identity and was responsible for the implementation of the new athletic marks. He was the force behind the partnership with Stretch Internet to provide free video and live stats for 20 of the department’s 27 sports.
Blymier was appointed Assistant Director of Athletic Communications at Franklin & Marshall College during the summer of 2009. He previously served as the Interim Asst. Director during the spring semester and as an intern in the Diplomats’ athletic department the summer before. As an intern, Blymier worked in all phases of the department from compliance and scheduling to event management. In the winter of 2008-2009, he worked extensively with the Lancaster County Visitors Bureau, to establish an inventory and fee schedule for the county’s athletic venues.
Blymier graduated from Millersville University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology with a focus in Graphic Design. He returned to Millersville a semester later for graduate school, earning a Master of Education in Sport Management in 2008.
In addition to his education and experience in graphics and video production, Blymier brought seven years of football coaching experience with him. He spent four seasons as the assistant defensive coordinator at Donegal High School before arriving at F&M.
Blymier resides with his wife, Dana, in Mt. Joy.