Dawn Purington, former Senior Assistant Athletic Trainer at Seton Hall University, was named Head Athletic Trainer at Fordham University it was announced today by Director of Athletics David Roach.
In her position at Fordham, Purington will manage all areas of the sports medicine program for the department’s 23 varsity programs and 550 student-athletes. This includes coordinating the proper evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, and referral of athletically injured student-athletes for physician care.
“We are excited to welcome Dawn to the Fordham Athletic program,” said Roach. “She will be a great addition to the department. Her dedication, administrative experience and vast knowledge will significantly aid all of our student-athletes.”
Purington served as the Senior Assistant Athletic Trainer at Seton Hall since September of 2015. She worked closely with the Pirate women’s basketball and tennis programs as well as serving as the Administrator for Athletics, which involved problem solving while traveling with teams and being the liaison between University coaches, team physicians, medical facilities and health care providers. She was also the Athletic Training staff’s insurance coordinator, which includes claim reporting, athlete bill resolution and price negotiation.
A 1999 graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Purington earned her Master’s degree in Athletic Training / Sports Medicine from Temple University in 2001.
Prior to arriving in South Orange, Purington served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Boston Breakers, a professional women’s soccer team, for eight seasons, working out of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Mass. From December of 2011 through September of 2015, and Cambridge Health Alliance from October 2008 through December of 2011. Responsibilities included the communication and coordination of worker’s compensation claims, being the medical liaison between the team’s general manager, coaches, physicians, physical therapists and athletes, and various other clinical duties.
Before a short stint as a neurological sales consultant for Dynasplint Systems Inc., Purington served as a an Assistant Athletic Trainer for eight years, the first two as a graduate assistant at Temple University, the middle four at the University of Pennsylvania and the last two at Merrimack College where she was also a member of the clinical faculty.
Purington resides in Maplewood, N.J.