ABERDEEN, S.D. – A Northern State University professor who wrote a textbook
on violence in athletics discussed the topic during a national online chat last week.
Dr. Thomas Orr, assistant professor of sport marketing and administration, spoke on The Huffington Post’s HuffPostLive. The discussion centered on the recent death of a soccer referee who was attacked after giving a player a yellow card for a foul.
Orr is author of “Sport and Violence,” a critical examination of “sports rage” and aggression in athletics.
Orr, who begins his third year at NSU this fall, received his B.A. in history with minors in recreation and leisure services, economics, and athletic coaching from the University of North Dakota. He has had extensive experience as a player, official, supervisor, coach and sport administrator in numerous sports. He competed in Canadian junior hockey leagues before playing college hockey for the Hoosiers and eventually joining the coaching staff at Indiana.
Orr also has led Midwest youth camps for the Boston Bruins as a director for Pro Ambitions hockey.
Orr is directing a summit on bullying and hazing in schools and is finishing up his second textbook, which will be about event planning.