In support of the overall student-athlete experience, the Youngstown Ministry of Intercollegiate Athletics is proud to announce the establishment of the Kurandovich Family Sports Medicine Center at Begley Center.
This newly constructed, 3,000 square foot facility is designed to provide patient-centered physical and mental health care through a model of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. The Kurandovich Family Sports Medicine Center will allow for integrated care provided by active athletic trainers, physical therapists, primary care team physicians, and orthopedic team physicians.
All YSU student-athletes and staff will benefit from the care provided at the facility. The Kurandovich Family Sports Medicine Center, located in the basement of the Begley Center, primarily serves the health care needs of YSU’s men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, and swimming/diving programs. The Family Medicine Center in Kurandovich has two large plunge pools, a functional rehabilitation space and a private doctor’s examination room.
Youngstown State University has had a positive impact on Lisa and Bob Korandovich’s lives and they are very excited to help create a beautiful facility.
“We proudly support YSU as part of our family history and to support future generations of students,” said Bob Kurandovich. “Lisa and I grew up on Youngstown’s West Side. Our grandparents worked in steel mills, and my father was a machinist who traveled the world after retirement repairing and creating complex machinery. Lisa’s father earned his law degree after serving in World War II and was assigned to a successful practice in Youngstown. Values “That our parents taught us, gave us a family foundation that we instilled in our children. Our son, Colin, has a degree in Computer Science with a major in Entrepreneurship and Virtual Reality Programming. Our daughter, Grace, recently finished a second master’s degree in retail design.”
The new Kurandovich Family Sports Medicine Center will provide YSU’s student-athletes a great place for recovery and wellness, said Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Ron Stolow.
“We are very grateful for the support of Lisa and Bob in helping us establish a state-of-the-art sports medicine center at the Begley Center,” said Strollo. “It is an area that will be very beneficial to student-athletes and staff. Our Sports Performance team of Tory Lindley, Gene Timkiu, and others had a vision for this facility and to see it come to fruition thanks to the Kurandovich family is amazing.”
Having been a member of the Penguins football program from 1982 to 1986, Korandovich knows what it takes for a student-athlete to have a good experience. He earned a degree in business administration from Youngstown State in 1987.
A 1981 Youngstown All-City Series football player at Chaney High School, he joined the Penguins in the fall of 1982 as a walk-on. Playing for coach Bill Narduzzi, the defensive lineman earned a scholarship prior to his junior year in 1985.
As a junior, he had 50 tackles. Of his 50 stops, 22 were solos including two TFLs and a sack. Korandovich had a career high 16 tackles as he battled through injuries, giving him first-hand insight into the importance of looking after student athletes.
After Korandovich’s first season, first year head coach Jim Tressel helped him pursue his business interests by putting him through summer training.
His athletic and business background eventually led him to a successful career in the competitive retail energy industry that began in 1988.
Korandovich is currently the President and Owner of KOREnergy, Ltd. A privately held company providing demand response software to industrial and commercial end users in the Ohio/Pennsylvania and West Virginia area, as a member of PJM Interconnection LLC.
He previously supported the athletic department with two stops.
Established in 2017, the Department of Athletics awards the Robert J. and Lisa Korandovich Scholarship to a student-athlete on the football team annually.
In addition, they established the Robert J. and Lisa A. Kurandovich is operational for women’s lacrosse. Their daughter, Grace, was a top student athlete in Division I lacrosse. Funds from this giveaway will be used for, but are not limited to, the purchase of equipment, team apparel, team travel, and the staffing budget. In 2022, YSU captured a share of the Mid-American Conference title in only its second season of existence.