Buena Vista University and Director of Athletics, Jack Denholm, is pleased to announce the hiring of Nick Long as the new Head Athletic Trainer.
“The athletic department and coaching staff was very impressed with Nick’s vision and enthusiasm during the interview process,” says Denholm. “We are very excited to have Nick join the BVU team.”
Long had been employed as an athletic trainer by Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Ga., and served as the head athletic trainer for all of the athletic teams at Peachtree Ridge High School since January of 2016.
A 2011 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, Long continued his education at Valdosta State University (Valdosta, Ga.) where he served as a graduate assistant from July 2011 until May 2013 when he earned his Master of Education degree, Health and Physical Education.
During his tenure as a graduate assistant, he assisted in the day-to-day training coverage of football, women’s basketball and cheerleading teams. He also assisted in the teaching of undergraduate athletic training courses and taught first aid and CPR to the general student population.
Long went on and became an assistant athletic trainer at Hendrix College in August of 2103 until December of 2015. He provided the daily coverage of the football, lacrosse and golf teams and also had a hand in putting together a sickle cell treatment plan for current student athletes.
While at UNI, Long served as the senior athletic training student at Waterloo West High School where he went on to earn ‘Peer Mentor of the Year’ recognition. He also spent time during the summer of 2010 working at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pre-season training camp.
“It is extremely exciting to be joining the staff at Buena Vista,” says Long. “There was a great energy and excitement with everyone I met with during my interview. It’s a tremendous staff as well a top tier Athletic Training Education Program, and I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
Long is a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and holds certifications as a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, Performance Enhancement Specialist thru the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and is AED/CPR certified.
Long will assume his duties on campus on Tuesday, July 25.