BALTIMORE – UMBC Director of Sports Medicine Cindy Kubiet has announced her retirement, effective June 30, 2017.
Ms. Kubiet served as the athletic department's head athletic trainer/director of sports medicine since 1979.
She just completed her 38th year of service of managing sports medicine service for UMBC's student-athletes. In addition to her responsibilities involving general health care of the student-athletes, Ms. Kubiet focused on program and policy development, budget management, recruitment and training.
Ms. Kubiet supervised and trained a staff that has grown to include six assistant trainers and 25 student-trainers. She coordinated the activities of team physicians and other health care professionals that treat UMBC's student-athletes.
Throughout her tenure, many of UMBC's student-trainers have entered health care professions. The Emmaus, Pa. native established a training program which included recruitment, educational forums, clinical experiences and a career development and mentor program. Her holistic approach toward working with student-athletes led to the creation of a life skills program at UMBC in 1986. This three-credit course, Introduction to Health Behaviors, is required for all UMBC student-athletes and covers such topics as study skills, coping strategies, eating disorders, dating violence, decision-making, alcohol education and stress management.
Ms. Kubiet has coordinated sports medicine efforts for such events as the Maryland State Games, the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships (1995) the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championships (1999) and numerous NCAA Youth Education Through Sports (YES) Clinics and conference championships. She has planned the building of the athletic training rooms at UMBC Stadium (1985), the Retriever Activities Center (2006), the stadium training room at UMBC's new locker room complex (2008) and has been integral in the planning of the sports medicine facilities at the new UMBC Event Center.
In 2007, Cindy was awarded the Board of Regents' University System of Maryland Staff Award for her outstanding service to students in an academic or residential environment. The Staff Awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents for achievements of exempt and non-exempt employees from institutions of the University System of Maryland
Ms. Kubiet was inducted into the UMBC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in (a NATA-approved) health, physical education and recreation from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and completed her master's degree in education (NATA-approved athletic training/sports medicine program) at the University of Virginia in 1979.
A national search for her successor is underway.