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From left: new XU athletics employees Jimmie Walker, Hilary Lobenstein, Joe Fawcett and Allie Wood.

Xavier's Horn announces hiring of four employees

August 6, 2014

     NEW ORLEANS — Jason Horn, Xavier University of Louisiana's director of athletics and recreation, announced Wednesday the hiring of four employees.
     Joining the staff are Allie Wood and Joe Fawcett as athletic trainers, Hilary Lobenstein as assistant women's volleyball coach and Jimmie Walker as administrative specialist.
     Wood's and Fawcett's positions are funded through an agreement between Xavier and Ochsner Health System's sports medicine division.
     Wood and Fawcett are certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
     Wood will work primarily with XU teams in women's volleyball, women's basketball and men's and women's tennis, plus the spirit groups. Fawcett will cover men's basketball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field.
     Wood, a native of southern California, joined Xavier in April after seven years of training experience with youth, amateur, high school, collegiate and professional teams. Most recently, Wood was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla., where she received a master's degree. She received her bachelor's degree from BYU in 2008 and was a student athletic trainer there.
     Fawcett, a native of Zanesfield, Ohio, arrived at Xavier in June after two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he earned a master's degree. He was a student athletic trainer at Wright State University, where he received his bachelor's degree, and the University of Dayton.
     Lobenstein worked her first day at Xavier on July 28. She was a graduate assistant volleyball coach at the University of West Alabama the previous two seasons. Lobenstein earned bachelor's and master's degrees from UWA and played volleyball there. She helped UWA go 51-19 in her two seasons and win the Gulf States Conference East Division championship in 2009.
     Lobenstein, a native of Deerfield, Wis., will be the Gold Nuggets' recruiting coordinator.
     Walker, a native New Orleanian, joined the XU staff on Monday. He will manage all procurement and purchasing services of the athletics department, coordinate social media efforts and create video content for the department website and news media.
     Walker interned for the past year with the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans and edited and produced video content for both teams' websites. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern State University, where he gained experience in digital media, radio, television, newspaper and the yearbook.
     Wood and Fawcett replace Melvin Wallis, who worked at Xavier for seven years, and Tiffany Gary, who worked for two. Lobenstein replaces Kenneth Marroccoli, who worked at Xavier in 2013, and Walker succeeds Alma Henderson, who retired on June 30 after 25 years at Xavier.


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and track and field and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

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