Danielle Carriveau feels the pressure.
The new athletic trainer for the Caledonia Warriors knows she is taking over the position from someone who held the reigns for over a decade.
“It’s like any new job,” she said. “It’s about building those relationships. I know Kim (Victoria) had built good relationships with the players, coaches and parents throughout her 12 years here. I am looking forward to building similar relationships and getting to know the parents, coaches and athletes.”
Carriveau is excited to be part of such a successful program like Caledonia.
“Everywhere you go, you hear about Caledonia,” she said. “It is nice to be part of a school and a program where the athletes aren’t just thinking about their sport careers today, but are looking at continuing on after high school. It definitely adds to the pressure.”
Carriveau said she seeks to provide a level of care that is indicative of this stepped-up emphasis.
“It really makes things fun to be a part of when the school is so serious about athletics,” she said.
She joined the staff at Gundersen, who contracts with the school to provide the athletic trainer services, back in July. In August, she began her duties with the Warrior sports program.
From the school’s perspective, they are equally excited to have her join the team.
“We are excited and blessed to have Danielle working with our students,” athletic director Scott Sorenson said. “She comes highly recommended and I can see why in just the short time she has been with us. She is extremely organized and is a great communicator. I look forward to her being with us for a long time.”
Carriveau hails from Marathon, Wis.
She received her undergraduate degree from UWL in La Crosse. She then went to Western Michigan University-Parchment in Kalamazoo, Mich.
She spent the last two years at a school district in Michigan. When the job at Gundersen opened up, a place she interned during her undergraduate days, she jumped at the opportunity.
“It was about the only opening in sports medicine in the state of Wisconsin,” she said. “I wanted to return to Wisconsin and be closer to family.”
Her fiancé is also from the state.
In her spare time, Carriveau likes to scrapbook, run and be outdoors. She also has a 17 year old Yorkie that she spends a lot of time with.
Carriveau is settling into her new role and can already be seen tending to injured fall sports athletes as competition has begun.
“I’m really excited to be here,” she said of joining the staff at Caledonia. “I’ve met a lot of great people already and am looking forward to school starting. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Caledonia and I’m excited to be part of things here.”