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October 27, 2017 10:00 PM, EDT
FedEx ‘Brain Coach’ Scott Mugno Nominated for OSHA Post
'Brain coach' Scott Mugno with FedEx drivers Mugno, right, and Fed Ex drivers courtesy of Jennifer Wade/FedEx Ground

Scott Mugno, the behind-the-scenes coach credited with much of the success of FedEx drivers at the National Truck Driving Championships and for FedEx’s safety record overall, has been nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Mugno, vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance at FedEx Ground, is the self-proclaimed “brain coach” who motivates FedEx drivers with a passionate style that would make football coaching legend Knute Rockne proud.

PROFILE: Mugno is the 'brain coach' to FedEx's championship drivers

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At this year’s NTDC in Orlando, Fla., FedEx drivers won six of the nine classes of competition, as well as the rookie of the year award, highest written exam award, the professional excellence award, and the Bendix Grand Champion award (Roland Bolduc). FedEx drivers, who qualified by winning state competitions and being accident-free for a year, filled 170 of the 427 spots in the national competition.

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“Scott is a very familiar face to ATA, having been a longtime and active member in our organization,” said ATA President Chris Spear. “Throughout that whole time, he has been a strong and committed voice for safety and responsibility. He is an outstanding choice to lead OSHA and I look forward to working with him after his swift confirmation.”

Mugno has worked for FedEx in a variety of safety-related roles since 1994. He has served on or led a number of key ATA policy committees, including the Safety Policy Committee, Labor and Regulatory Affairs Policy Committee, the Hazardous Materials Committee, the Hours-of-Service Subcommittee and the Ergonomics Subcommittee.

Mugno also is currently the chairman of the American Transportation Research Institute’s Research Advisory Committee.

“Scott has always shown a commitment not only to safety, but to using good data and input to determine how best to improve safety,” said ATRI President Rebecca Brewster. “He has repeatedly demonstrated this commitment through his involvement with ATRI and it is a trait that I know will make him a strong and fair regulator.”

Mugno, in an interview with TT’s Eugene Mulero earlier this October, said he takes as much pride in his drivers’ safety performance as he does their success at NTDC.

“Am I proud of where team FedEx is, what it’s doing … yes. But, you know what I’m really proud of is not the 170-some-odd champions we brought to NTDC this year. I’m prouder of the number below that, where I had over 1,000, 2,000 champions compete and qualify for state championships. What does that mean. That means they were accident-free for a year just to get there. That’s the number that makes me happy. That’s the number that makes me proud.”