Davis & Elkins College was officially presented with the Great Midwest Athletic Conference 2015-16 Athletic Training Staff of the Year Award earlier this month.
Davis & Elkins Assistant AD for Sports Medicine Jamie Dearien received the award as part of the annual G-MAC Sports Information Director, Compliance Coordinator and Athletic Training committee meetings held in the first week of August.
League sponsor Borden Perlman also had personnel in attendance to help present the award with G-MAC Commissioner Tom Daeger and G-MAC Associate Commissioner Kevin Alcox.
“I have tremendous respect for every athletic trainer,” Dearien said over the phone. “They all do a fabulous job and we have a great understanding of each other and what we work with.”
Dearien added a pair of graduate assistants to the Senators’ athletic training staff for the 2016-17 academic year, Nikki Lopez and Jessica Kissel. Dearien and D&E Assistant Athletic Trainer Eddie Erion help oversee their development.
As Dearien gets ready to enter his 11th year with the West Virginia institution, he remains just as excited as he remembers from the very beginning.
“My family asks me that all the time,” he said. “Every time I get in (on campus), it feels like my first year. I think we have a great staff this year and we’ll do some wonderful things.”
Dearien coordinates all athletic training efforts for the Senators’ 18 intercollegiate sport offerings.
He takes pride in growing the Davis & Elkins program to the point where the athletic training center was moved indoor to the McDonnell Center. Dearien also referenced a 70-hour workweek for his staff, but each student-athlete is treated with equal care and the payoff is worth it.
“I love seeing the injured student-athletes going back on the field,” Dearien added. “It can be extremely difficult and we don’t want student-athletes feeling neglected. We try our best.”