Moira Novak
Moira  Novak

Director of Athletic Medicine

Office Phone: 612-624-5084

Moira Novak started her career at the University of Minnesota in the Fall of 1998 and continues her position as Director of Athletic Medicine. In the summer of 2011, after 13 seasons working directly with the women's basketball duties, Novak dropped this sport responsibility to focus on the administrative aspects of her position. Novak currently serves as the Director of Athletic Medicine for Intercollegiate Athletics, where she oversees and administers all areas of Athletic Medicine.  She coordinates the work of all of the medical staff including athletic trainers, team physicians, licensed psychologists, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc. 

In addition to her assigned duties, Novak serves on the University of Minnesota’s Provost’s Committee for Student Mental Health ( ).  And she is a member of the Project Board for the Big Ten/CIC-Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration ( 

A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Novak additionally holds certification in Active Release Technique, Graston Technique and is an American Heart Association certified CPR/AED instructor.

Prior to her appointment as Director over the combined Men's and Women's departments, she served as Director of Athletic Training and Performance Enhancement for the University of Minnesota Women's Athletic Department where she supervised and administered all facets of both Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning for the female student-athletes. 

Novak, a Portland, Oregon native, obtained her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and Human Movement Studies from the University of Oregon in 1988. Novak was also a four-year letter winner on the Ducks Track and Field team. In 1992 she received her Master of Science degree in Athletic Training at the University of Oregon.

Novak served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Illinois until 1995 working with the Track and Field teams, Women's Swimming, and Fencing. Following her experience at Illinois, she returned to her alma mater to serve as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Oregon where she worked with the Women's Basketball and Track and Field teams from 1995-1998.

Novak and her husband, Darrell, reside in Woodbury with their sons, Ian (11) and Finn (6).

Clinical Interests
Mental Health Management in Collegiate Athletes
Lower Extremity Overuse Injuries
Orthotic Management of Pathomechanics
Female Athlete Triad - Screening and Risk Management
ACL Prevention and Rehabilitation
Sports Nutrition
Concussion management


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