Nutrition services

Skirt selected as AD Assistant for Performance Nutrition Services

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania – Nikki Jupe has been appointed Assistant Athletic Director for Performance Nutrition Services. Jupe comes to Happy Valley after spending five years at the University of Oregon, most recently as a senior sports dietitian.

Skirt is responsible for overseeing all aspects of performance nutrition for more than 800 student-athletes in 31 programs. Jupe will oversee performance nutrition education and counseling for student-athletes, coaches and athletic performance practitioners and lead all day-to-day activities related to performance nutrition.

Jupe will develop essential nutritional strategies to maximize performance, including improving and monitoring current nutritional resources and support, and will develop and implement policies and protocols that ensure compliance with NCAA rules and regulations. and the Big Ten Conference.

“I am delighted to welcome Nikki Jupe to the Penn State ICA family,” said Lauren Rhodes, AD Senior Associate, Student Athlete Performance, Health and Wellness. “Her background, experiences and holistic collaborative approach to performance nutrition will add extreme value not only to our student-athletes, but also to our coaches and staff. Nikki is a recognized leader in the industry and is a leader in the industry. will undoubtedly build on the strong foundation we currently have in the performance nutrition arena. I look forward to serving with her and our fellow Athletic Performance Team members as we continue to find innovative ways to surpass expectations and embody the department’s mission.

“I couldn’t be more excited to become Assistant Athletic Director of Performance Nutrition at Penn State and start working with the Athletic Performance Team on ways to enrich the daily lives of student-athletes. “said Jupe. “I hope to execute my passion for making an impact on the life of a student-athlete through nutrition in a way that encourages developing better habits that propel them forward to reach their version of greatness. ‘hope the Performance Nutrition Team can do this by engaging, educating and fueling every student-athlete with the fundamentals of performance nutrition to enable every student-athlete to participate in sport at the highest level on and off the playing field. “

Jupe joins the Nittany Lions after serving on the University of Oregon’s nutrition staff for the past five years, the last three as a senior sports dietitian. As a senior sports dietitian, Jupe oversaw the sports nutrition department, directly overseeing nutritional operations for soccer, men’s basketball, cross-country and men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, and soccer. feminine.

During her tenure with the Ducks, Jupe helped fuel the men’s basketball team for Final Four and Sweet 16 appearances, the women’s basketball team for Final Four and Elite Eight appearances and a # 2 ranking ahead of the 2019-20 COVID pandemic, the 2016-17 NCAA Triple Crown Women’s Track Team (winning both indoor and outdoor cross country and track titles during the same season) and several individual National Champions, and the four-title Pac 12 Men’s Track Team and the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track Title.

Prior to moving to Oregon, Jupe served as Assistant Director of Performance Nutrition for a year at Baylor University. She has assisted men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, tennis and track and field teams as a dietitian. She also oversaw inventory management, orders and operational services alongside the Director of Sports Nutrition. Jupe also worked as a sports dietician at Texas A&M University for a year.

Jupe received her BA in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Stephen F. Austin University in May 2012. She also holds an MA in Kinesiology and Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from Stephen F. Austin. She is a dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics.

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