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Profile: Tricia Losavio, 2007 NIRSA National Flag Football Championships Tournament Director

There's no one more excited about the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships than the woman in charge of hosting them at the University of Texas at Dallas
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Tricia Losavio

Tricia Losavio, Director of Recreational Sports at The University of Texas at Dallas, has done just about everything related to flag football. She’s been a player, and a championship one at that. She’s been an official – she was the second woman to become an All-American Flag Football Official. She’s served on officials selection committees for regional and national tournaments, and on the NIRSA Flag Football Committee. She’s hosted many regional tournaments. Just about the only thing she hasn’t done is host a national flag football championship. And she gets to do that when UTD hosts 64 teams at the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships January 4-7. “It’s a dream come true,” she said, laughing at the cliché, but knowing the description is apt.

Losavio has been a NIRSA Member since 1995. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She also holds a Master of Science in Human Performance and Recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi. After working her way up from Intramural Coordinator to Assistant Director for Sport Clubs at the University of Maryland, College Park, Losavio has held her current leadership role at UTD for the past two years.

“I’m so thrilled to be in a position where I can give back to the sport that I personally found so satisfying as a player,” Losavio said. “I’m still friends with a lot of the people I played with in college. You just form a bond with those people, working with them, competing with them, appreciating them. And the opportunity to compete in a national championship is important – certainly for the bragging rights, but also to meet people from other regions and learn how they do things on their campus. To see this all come together is really great.”

Losavio will have a corps of over 40 volunteers, including her staff, helping her run the NIRSA National Flag Football Championships, which are part of the National Campus Championship Series. “Everyone involved is so dedicated to NIRSA and to what this championship means for students. They know what it takes to make everyone feel welcome and for the tournament to be a success. And the enthusiasm and support of the NIRSA staff is greatly appreciated,” she said.

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