College and UniversityNATM2016

Gettysburg College Celebrates NATM2016


College and UniversityNATM2016

Gettysburg College Celebrates NATM2016

March is National Athletic Training Month and Gettysburg College is proud to recognize the outstanding contributions of the men and women keeping our student-athletes healthy and safe.

For nearly nine decades, the members of the athletic training staff have tended to the needs of thousands of collegiate athletes at Gettysburg. Currently, a staff of five full-time employees provides medical advice for nearly 600 athletes across 24 intercollegiate varsity sports competing at the NCAA Division III level.

Mike Cantele has been the head athletic trainer since 2008 and he is in the midst of his 26th year overall at Gettysburg. A 1988 graduate of the College, Cantele earned a degree in health and physical education and learned from Gettysburg Hall of Honor members and former head athletic trainers Lefty Biser ’57 and Joe Donolli. Cantele earned his master’s degree from Old Dominion University in 1990.

Cantele has established his presence away from campus grounds as well. In 2007, he was named the head athletic trainer for the U.S. women’s lacrosse national team. He served in that role as the team won gold medals at the World Cup in 2009 and 2013.

Cantele oversees administrative duties and works with several teams, including women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse. Additionally, he is married to Gettysburg head women’s lacrosse coach Carol Cantele ’83. His daughter, Ashlie, and his niece and nephew, Caitlin and Kevin, are all Gettysburg grads.

Kerry Garrett enjoyed Gettysburg so much she came back to campus after a short stint away. Garrett spent two years on staff from 2002-04 working with the soccer, basketball, and lacrosse teams. She returned in 2007 and has become an associate athletic trainer. In between her stints with the Bullets, she worked for UPMC in Pittsburgh, Pa., at Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, Garrett spent time working with the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Pittsburgh Passion.

Garrett earned her undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University and attained her master’s in athletic training from Old Dominion University. She also played field hockey at The Rock, earning all-conference accolades as a sophomore.

Garrett, who works with the football and basketball teams among others, came back to Gettysburg with husband and current women’s soccer coach Matt Garrett. The pair has two daughters, Isabella and Charlotte

Katie Foelber came to Gettysburg as an assistant athletic trainer fresh off attaining her master’s at McDaniel College in 2008. Foelber earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Messiah College in 2006 and worked with many of the Falcons’ nationally-ranked programs. She was no stranger to the battlefield prior to her arrival, having worked various summer camps in the years prior to becoming a full-time member of the staff. Foelber has also worked with the Lancaster Orthopedics Group and Baltimore’s Major League Lacrosse team, the Bayhawks.

At Gettysburg, Foelber has worked with men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, and softball through the years. She is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). She and her husband, Brett, have a daughter, Blake.

Lindsey Repp is in her seventh year as an assistant athletic trainer at Gettysburg. Repp received her undergrad degree in athletic training from Messiah in 2009 and she completed her master’s in exercise science from California (Pa.) University in 2011. Like Foelber, Repp arrived at Gettysburg right after earning her undergraduate diploma. As a student at Messiah, she worked many of Gettysburg’s summer athletic camps and she also performed the same duties at nearby Mount St. Mary’s University.

Repp currently serves as the primary athletic trainer for football and field hockey. She has worked with the Bullets’ baseball team in each of her seven seasons.

In December 2010, Repp and Foelber flew to Haiti to aid in the relief effort following the devastating earthquake that hit the country the previous January. Their projects included painting some of the newly constructed buildings and playing with children at the local orphanage in Port-au-Prince.

The newest member of the athletic training staff is Katie Olenek, who is in the midst of her third year as an assistant athletic trainer at Gettysburg. Olenek arrived in Gettysburg following a stint as an assistant athletic trainer at St. Francis (Pa.) University. At St. Francis, she saw to the needs of Division I student-athletes, including women’s lacrosse, volleyball, and bowling.

Olenek earned her B.S. in health science from Lock Haven University. She went on to serve as a graduate assistant and a fitness instructor at Bloomsburg University before completing her master’s work in exercise science at California (Pa.) University in 2011.

Like her athletic training colleagues at Gettysburg, Olenek works with all student-athletes, but sports she focuses on specifically include volleyball, wrestling, and men’s lacrosse.