Holding degrees in Health Education, Athletic Administration, and Social Work (MSW), and with more than 25 years’ experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) in collegiate National Championship programs, Shelly Mullenix is uniquely qualified to lead LSU Athletics in assuring the physical and mental well-being of our student-athletes.
A Senior Associate Athletic Trainer for the celebrated LSU Football program since 1997, Mullenix’s promotion to senior administration in 2019 expanded her professional roles and influence to serve the entire LSU student-athlete population. Grounded in decades of field experience and specialized training, Mullenix promotes our athletes’ elite-level physical and mental health through the development and implementation of sound healthcare policies now seen as national models.
Mullenix’s education and expertise in Athletic Training and sports administration have made her a key player in the areas of athletic training programing, substance use and abuse, nutritional support, and staff and student leadership development. Having added to her academic credentials with a second master’s degree in Social Work from LSU (2019), Mullenix capably provides student-athletes, coaches, and Department staff expert support in behavioral health medicine and social justice issues.
Mullenix serves as a liaison to the COX Academic Center for Student-Athletes, forging a link between athletics and academics through the Athletic Department Assistance Program (ADAP). This relationship serves to enhance the learning experience and collaborative efforts between the athletic and academic worlds.
With an eye on the future, Mullenix facilitates the engagement of nationally recognized scientific research in the areas of injury & illness prevention, biological and genetic evaluation related to injury & illness recovery, as well as the exploration of new academic and clinical theories in mental health awareness in sports.
A seasoned course Instructor in the LSU Department of Kinesiology (1999 – 2012), Mullenix is an engaging and sought-after public speaker, considered a pioneer among women in collegiate sports administration and athletic health services. Sometimes blunt—always on point—Mullenix regularly lectures to students and groups of medical, athletic and academic professionals on a wide range of related issues.
In the private sector, Mullenix created Integrated Sports Management, LLC in 2006, a consulting firm that provides a unique systematic approach to program administration, integrating four critical components of successful intercollegiate athletic programs: drug testing, behavioral health medicine, peer leadership development, and nutritional guidance. Through ISM, Mullenix has shared decades of expertise with several non-competing Division 1 athletic programs as well as providing psychological consultation to the Miami Dolphins under Coach Nick Saban.
Shelly Mullenix is married to communications consultant Matt Mullenix. Their twin daughters Maggie and Briana attend LSU.