College and University

In retirement from Allegheny College, Plunkett leaves legacy


College and University

In retirement from Allegheny College, Plunkett leaves legacy

Article reposted from The Meadville Tribune
Author: The Meadville Tribune

Congratulations to Allegheny College head athletic trainer Jamie Plunkett on his upcoming retirement.

Last week, the school announced Plunkett’s retirement effective July 31. Hired in 1983, he is the longest-tenured employee in the college’s athletic department.

And he will be missed.

Joining him in retirement will be his wife Sue, an Allegheny employee since 1988 and currently the director of the college’s Winslow Health Center.

“Words can’t express what Jamie means to Gator athletics, Allegheny College and the Meadville community,” Athletic Director Portia Hoeg said. “Not only has he provided treatment to thousands of Gator student-athletes, but he has been a pillar of the Meadville community. Jamie and his wife Sue have been the cornerstone of health, wellness and care for Allegheny and our athletic programs for 34 years.”

We couldn’t have said it better.

For 34 years, Plunkett helped care for athletes at Allegheny. Countless assistants who worked under Plunkett have continued to prosper in the athletic training field after leaving Allegheny, while he is also proud to have employed a number of student workers who pursued careers in medicine after graduating.

In addition to his work as the school’s head athletic trainer, Plunkett also serves on the athletic department’s senior administration team and has served on the Allegheny Hall of Fame committee for the entirety of his career.

If you’re wondering about his hockey plans — don’t worry; Plunkett’s duties as hockey coach for the Meadville Bulldogs won’t change.

After 31 years at the helm and more than 1,000 victories, he’ll be back for more.

“We’re not going anywhere,” he said. “This is home for us. We have a daughter working in Pittsburgh (Annie) and a daughter that teaches in Fairview (Joanie). Meadville is our home. We’re very happy here.”

We wish the Plunketts the best of luck in their retirement and continued success for Jamie Plunkett and the Meadville hockey team.