June 7, 2005 - by
Athletic Department Information Technology Manager Delin Earns Award

June 7, 2005

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Patrick Delin, an Information Technology Manager in the Department of Athletics at Florida State University, received a 2005 Davis Productivity Award in a ceremony at the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Davis Productivity Awards are presented annually to state government employees whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity and promotes innovation to improve state services. This notable award was presented to Delin in recognition of his efforts in creating the Sport Medicine and Training software, also known as SportMAT, which is utilized in the Florida State athletic training facility and benefits each of the Seminoles’ nearly 600 student-athletes.

Delin has been a member of the athletic department staff since 2003. A computer programmer since his early college years, Delin directed several high profile web projects at the University of Nebraska. Consequently, he was published in PHP magazine and on several websites for his easy to learn approach to web applications. In an effort to raise awareness and excitement about the future of web application development at the University of Nebraska, he organized a week long learning effort called PHP-Week, sponsored by the College of Education, where renowned core developer Andrei Zmievski attended and spoke.

In 2003, Delin received the Meritorious Service award when he designed a low-maintenance website for the Nebraska Speech Language and Hearing Association, a non-profit organization that works closely with the University of Nebraska. His innovations earned him a 2005 National SLP Choice Award.

Presently, Delin works at Florida State Athletics as an Information Technology Manager where he and Ryan Pensy help facilitate all technological endeavors within the department. He worked closely with Head Athletic Trainer Randy Oravetz and Assistant Athletic Trainer Cheryl Pfeil to design SportMAT, which helps consolidate student-athlete information maintained by the training staff. The program is designed to be adaptive, meaning the application learns from previous entries and allows the training staff to efficiently maintain its records while reducing data entry errors. The members of the training staff can store all information relating to injuries, rehabilitations, insurance accounting data and all relevant medical information as it pertains to the student-athletes. The training staff can then retrieve that data in a number of ways, including graphically represented in chart format, queried in report format or viewed via the athlete data entry screen. All of the options make it easier to find information on-demand and in a timely manner. SportMAT was developed by Delin on his own time, and saved the Florida State University Athletic department thousands of dollars by taking advantage of his impressive and innovative computer knowledge.

In the Spring of 2004, he won the Florida State Athletics Department Employee of the Semester award.

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