NYIT Athletics Hall of Famer Melanie Austin-McCain named Faculty Athletics Representative

NYIT Athletics Hall of Famer Melanie Austin-McCain named Faculty Athletics Representative
OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Melanie Austin-McCain, assistant professor of Occupational Therapy, NYIT School of Health Professions, has been named Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), NYIT President Hank Foley announced Thursday.

In the role, Austin-McCain will serve as a liaison between the university and the athletics department. She also will represent NYIT in East Coast Conference and NCAA affairs.

"The FAR is a very important position, and I am glad that Melanie Austin-McCain is willing to take on this role for NYIT," Foley said. "As a former student-athlete, she brings a special perspective to this work."

Austin-McCain, also an admissions coordinator for the Department of Occupational Therapy, specializes in health promotion, behavioral health, and leadership. Her research focuses on healthy lifestyle behaviors for youth, women, and student-athletes. She also is a faculty associate with NYIT Center for Sports Medicine.

Austin-McCain earned a Post Professional Doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Temple University, and a Master's in Public Administration degree at Baruch College, CUNY. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy at NYIT, where she was a former track and field athlete and NCAA All-American in the 4x400-meter relay. She was inducted into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008 for her community leadership and former athletic achievements.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the NYIT Department of Athletics," Austin-McCain said. "As a faculty member and a former student-athlete, I look forward to collaborating with our NYIT community and the NCAA in fostering a healthy and supportive environment for our student-athletes."

She also serves the greater community by providing community-based wellness and empowerment seminars for women and youth.​

"Melanie Austin-McCain's expertise and passion for excellence make her an outstanding choice for FAR," interim director of athletics Dan Vélez said. "Her experience as an NYIT student-athlete as well as member of our Hall of Fame give her an inside look at what the student-athlete experiences on a daily basis. I have no doubt that having her in this role will be a tremendous asset to NYIT."