South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa has announced the recipients of the 2016 South Atlantic League Outstanding Achievement Awards, with Hickory Crawdads Athletic Trainer Dustin Vissering receiving the Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.
Vissering, 28, just completed his first season as the athletic trainer for the ‘Dads and his third year overall in the Texas Rangers organization. He served in the same capacity with the AZL Rangers in 2014 and for the Spokane Indians in 2015. Prior to joining the Rangers, Vissering spent the 2013 season as a minor league athletic trainer in the Kansas City organization before working as an assistant athletic trainer in the Arizona Fall League. The Illinois State graduate worked as a student athletic trainer during his time on campus, in addition to time as trainer at Normal West Community High School. Vissering was also a graduate assistant at Western Illinois University, where he obtained a M.S. of Science in Sport Management.
“It’s nice to be recognized by my peers for the hard work we do,” said Vissering. “I wouldn’t have been able to win this award without the help of the great staff and team here in Hickory.”
Vissering was selected for the award by his peers in the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS).