Mary McLendon has served as Mississippi State’s Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Performance since July 2020. She oversees sports medicine, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, and sports nutrition, while also acting as the sport administrator for the Bulldogs’ women’s volleyball team.
Since starting at MSU in 1996, McLendon has moved up the ranks from assistant to associate athletic trainer and then to Director of Sports Medicine in 2010.
McLendon served as president of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee from 2015-2017 and was the first female to fill this role. She was the winner of the 2020 SEC Chris Patrick Award. She served on MSU’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women from 2007-2012, including a stint as chair from 2009-2011. She has been involved with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as chair of the District IX Women in Athletic Training Committee and Life Balance Project Team, as moderator for the Life Balance Think Tank, and as a member of the Annual Convention Program Committee Project Team. She was a volunteer at both the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2000 and at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
McLendon earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 1994 from the University of Colorado and her master’s degree in sports administration in 1996 from the University of Florida.