Article reposted from Northwestern State Athletics
Author: Jason Pugh
Northwestern State has promoted Esi Atinkah to associate head athletic trainer.
Atinkah, who earned her master’s degree from Northwestern State in May 2015, is in her fourth year at NSU after arriving in 2013 as a graduate assistant.
Atinkah has been the Demons baseball athletic trainer for the past three seasons and was the primary athletic trainer for NSU soccer in 2015. After earning her master’s degree, Atinkah returned to Northwestern State in August 2015 through the athletic department’s partnership with Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.
In her new role Atinkah will remain the baseball athletic trainer and will handle administrative duties within the athletic training department. She will supervise two athletic trainers and all graduate assistant athletic trainers as well as handle day-to-day communication with personnel.
“Esi has been a valuable member of our staff as both a graduate assistant and as a full-time member,” Northwestern State Head Athletic Trainer Jason Drury said. “We were pleased to have her return through our partnership with NRMC, and now we are happy to have her in this new position. Esi brings a wealth of knowledge and a familiarity with our student-athletes that will continue to enhance our athletic health care services.”
Before beginning her NSU career, Atinkah earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training from the University of Alabama in 2013. As a student at Alabama, she worked with the Crimson Tide baseball, football, track and tennis teams. Atinkah also spent six months working at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and at University Orthopedic Center in Tuscaloosa.