Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics, Patricia S.W. Epps, announced the promotion of Mickey Blymier as the Diplomats’ Director of Athletic Communications on August 15, 2011. Blymier is responsible for all aspects of athletic communications for the Diplomats’ 27 intercollegiate athletic teams.
Blymier added high-definition web broadcast for 12 sports in 2012-13, 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.
In that time span he spearheaded a department that broadcasted 165 events, an all-time high, and reached 11,675 viewers. He also led in the production of video highlights of more than 50 contests for the department’s Youtube page.
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 2011-12, Blymier reached a number of key achievements that included a redesign of the Hall of Fame section on the athletic website to make it more user friendly, as well as the planning and the redesign of the Hall of Fame Room in order to make the space more modern and visually appealing.
Blymier also planned and successfully ran five basketball tournaments during the year, including the 2012 Centennial Conference Championship, as well as the First, Second, Sweet 16 and Elite Eight Rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The department’s broadcast of the Elite Eight contest against MIT attracted an all-time high 1,426 viewers.
He led the reconstruction of GoDiplomats.com in the summer of 2010, resulting in a more robust website which saw twice the amount of traffic and peaked at 8.7 million views in September of 2010. “His focus on technology and web services has kept F&M on the cutting edge in the world of athletic communications,” Epps commented.
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 Sports Information Director at Franklin & Marshall College during the summer of 2009. Blymier previously served as the Interim SID during the spring semester and as an intern in the Diplomats’ athletic department.
As the Interim SID, Blymier added several new features to GoDiplomats.com, and is responsible for the new graphics and video features, as well as several of the social networking features in the GoDiplomats.com family. 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, Blymier brings seven years of coaching experience with him. He spent four seasons as the assistant defensive coordinator at Donegal High School.
Blymier resides with his wife, Dana, in Mt. Joy.