Jazz Name Eric Waters as Head Athletic Trainer


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16-year veteran of the league, former NBA Trainer of the Year joins Utah staff

The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has hired Eric Waters as Head Athletic Trainer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

A veteran in the athletic training field, Waters comes to the Jazz after spending 12 seasons (2004-16) as the head athletic trainer for the Washington Wizards, where was selected as the NBA’s Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) following the 2009-10 season. He has also served as an athletic trainer for the USA Men’s National Team since 2014.

Certified and licensed as an athletic trainer (ATC), strength and conditioning coach (CSCS), corrective exercise specialist (CES) and performance enhancement specialist (PES), Waters previously served as both Secretary of the NBATA, as well as the association’s Eastern Conference representative, and was a featured speaker at the 2010 National Athletic Trainers Association Conference in Philadelphia.

Prior to joining the Wizards, Waters spent four years as the assistant athletic trainer of the Chicago Bulls from 2000-2004. His career has also included assistantships within the athletic departments of Northwestern University and the University of Iowa, and he spent two seasons with NFL Europe working as the head athletic trainer for the London Monarchs and the assistant athletic trainer for the Rhein Fire, following an internship with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

Waters received bachelor’s degrees in both exercise science and psychology from the University of Iowa in 1995 and a master’s in exercise science from Boise State University in 1998. Waters has continued to enhance his skillset throughout his career by traveling abroad to study the latest high performance sport and sports medicine techniques and practices, and is currently pursuing a master’s in high performance sport (MPHS) degree from Australian Catholic University located in Australia.

Very involved in community efforts, Waters has made multiple international trips in support of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders efforts, and is also active in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program among others.


Jazz Name Mike Elliott Vice President of Performance Health Care


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The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has hired Mike Elliott as Vice President of Performance Health Care. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

In this newly created role, Elliott will lead all of the Jazz’s medical and sports science efforts, including oversight of both the team’s training and strength-and-conditioning programs.

Elliott, a former NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year winner, comes to the Jazz after spending the previous 14 seasons (2003-17) as a member of the Phoenix Suns’ athletic training staff, the last two as that team’s director of performance. In addition to his role as director of performance, Elliott continued to serve as the club’s head strength and conditioning coach and assistant athletic trainer, his eighth season holding those dual positions. With those roles, he was responsible for all aspects of player strength and conditioning and worked alongside their vice president of athlete care on daily recognition, care and treatment of team-related medical issues.

While there, Elliott also engineered an overhaul of the Suns’ nutrition program, focusing on educating players to optimize performance and recovery with a commitment to well-sourced, whole, organic foods.

Originally joining the Suns full-time in 2003-04 as assistant athletic trainer, Elliott was named NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Strength and Conditioning Association (NBSCA) following the 2013-14 season. Elliott also sits on the executive board for the NBSCA and has served as the lead strength and conditioning coach for the British Men’s National Team, joining their program in 2010 as the team trained for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

A native of Phoenix, Elliott is a certified athletic trainer (ATC), performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He received his master of science degree in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University at Pennsylvania in 2005 and did his undergraduate work in exercise science at Arizona State University, where he was in the athletic training program.


Mississippi High School gets First AT


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Author: Taylor Welsh

Pearl River Central’s football team has a new face on the sideline.

Melissa Loewen will serve as the Blue Devils’ first full-time athletic trainer in the school’s recent history, working with all of the teams within the school district.

“I am excited to undertake the challenge as the first full-time athletic trainer here. It’s a big responsibility, but I am confident I will contribute to the school’s success and hope to be here for a long time.”

Last year, PRC Head Coach Larry Dolan said the football team was fortunate to have Highland Community Hospital’s help throughout the season.

“Highland did a great job and we appreciate everything they did for us,” Dolan said.

This year, Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute contacted PRC to offer their services to provide one sports trainer for mostly every team at the school.

Loewen graduated from East Central University, where she earned a bachelor’s in athletic training. Later, she earned a master’s in education with a concentration in sports administration. Now in her third year as a certified athletic trainer, Loewen brings experience and optimism to the Blue Devil staff.

“My job is to take the load off of the coaching staff and help these players either recover from injuries or learn how to prevent them from happening,” Loewen said.

Dolan said Loewen has already demonstrated the importance of her role on the staff, as she is helping PRC’s starting running back Louis Reece recover from an ACL injury that occurred during the offseason.

Every day, Loewen can be spotted assisting the injured Blue Devil players on the sidelines, preparing to take on the 2017 season, which starts Aug. 18.




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The Georgian Court University Department of Athletics & Recreation is pleased to announce Adam Elsieidy as the newest member of the Lions’ athletic training staff.

Prior to his appointment, Adam served as an athletic trainer and strength & conditioning specialist with NJ Spine & Wellness in his hometown of Freehold. A graduate of Temple University, Adam completed a wide variety of clinical rotations during his collegiate years, including semester-long stints with fellow Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) institutions Chestnut Hill College and the former Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University).

The newest member of the GCU family maintains an athletic training licensure in the state of New Jersey. He is also a NSCA certified strength & conditioning specialist and a functional range conditioning mobility specialist.

“Adam came highly recommended from colleagues within the CACC where he had completed clinical internships while a student at Temple University,” stated Coordinator of Sports Medicine, Joe Friedrich. “Adam’s familiarity with this level of competition and his background in rehabilitation as well as strength, mobility and functional range conditioning are a great match for our program needs at this time.  I look forward to Adam joining Caitlyn Grabowski, ATC and myself in providing for the health and safety of our 270+ student athletes; his expertise in performance training and injury prevention will be welcomed by all 13 of our athletic programs.”


Cabrini University Hires 2 New Athletic Trainers


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Head athletic trainer Rachael Flanders recently announced the addition of two full-time athletics trainers, as Shawn Farmer and Samantha Maiorino have joined the Cavaliers’ staff.

“Because of their knowledge and various athletic training experiences, Shawn and Samantha have so much to offer the student-athletes at Cabrini,” Flanders commented. “I look forward to the addition of such enthusiastic individuals to Cabrini’s athletic department.”

Farmer comes to Cabrini after completing his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education at McDaniel College. During his time at McDaniel, Farmer provided primary athletic training coverage to a variety of programs, including wrestling, field hockey, volleyball, cross country, basketball and softball.

No stranger to Cabrini, Farmer was also a student trainer for the Cavaliers while he was an undergraduate at Eastern University. Farmer worked with Flanders during the Fall 2012 semester, assisting the Blue and White’s field hockey, soccer, volleyball and cross country teams.

Maiorino comes to Cabrini after completing a graduate internship at Edinboro University, where she provided primary athletic training for the Fighting Scots’ volleyball, basketball and softball programs.  Maiorino also provided coverage for the 2017 PSAC wrestling and indoor track and field championships.

Prior to her time at Edinboro, Maiorino gained extensive experience as an undergraduate at Lock Haven University.  In addition to working with the Bald Eagles’ track, men’s basketball and football teams, Maiorino also worked with student-athletes at Gwynedd Mercy, Lycoming, Central Mountain High School and the Lock Haven Rehabilitation Center.

Farmer and Maiorino replace Kelsey Boulier and Zack Hackett, who left the University during the summer.


Connor Chrisman Joins Staff at Piedmont College


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Author: Danielle Percival

Piedmont College Head Athletic Trainer Matt McKinney has announced the hiring of Connor Chrisman as Assistant Athletic Trainer following the completion of his graduate degree at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Chrisman served as an athletic training graduate assistant with the Bobcats covering women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, men’s basketball, baseball and men’s and women’s cross country and track and field.

“We are really excited for Connor to be joining us,” McKinney said. “He has a wealth of experience for someone so young in the profession. It’s nice to fill out our staff with someone so qualified.”

Chrisman also worked previously as a Summer Athletic Trainer with the University of Virginia in 2016 and 2017 assisting with various camps including football, swimming, baseball, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, and volleyball. He also worked as a Physical Therapy Aide with Park Physical Therapy in 2015 assisting with treatment and rehabilitation for patients.

He also added valuable experience to his resume working at The Spring League at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Spring League serves as an instructional league and showcase for professional football talent and is a scouting event for the NFL allowing GM’s, scouts, and player personnel directors an opportunity to see every player in one setting.

“I’m excited to join the Piedmont athletic training staff and begin working with the student-athletes here,” Chrisman said. “I want to thank Matt McKinney and Jim Peeples for allowing me to take the next step in my career. I believe that Piedmont is an institution staffed with talented individuals and I look forward to joining that group.”

Chrisman earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University in May of 2014 serving as president of the Athletic Training Club in 2013-14. Three years later, Chrisman completed his Masters in Athletic Training at West Virginia Wesleyan College graduating in May of 2017.

Chrisman is certified through the BOC and licensed as an Athletic Trainer. A member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), he also retains certification with the American Heart Association.


Ryan Melligan Named New Head Athletic Trainer At Maine West


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Five-year Maine West High School employee Ryan Melligan will replace longtime athletic director Chuck Marth, who recently retired after 17 years.

“We appreciate all that Chuck has done for us and wish him nothing but the best,” Maine West Athletic Director Jarett Kirshner said. “Fortunately for us, we had Ryan Melligan to step in and he has demonstrated the ability to do the job at all levels and areas.”

Melligan, who previously worked at Niles West, is already familiar with the athletes, having spent the last few years as an assistant athletic trainer at the Des Plaines school.

Melligan has previously worked with the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Sky. Melligan has worked at Athletico Physical Therapy in Des Plaines since 2012, where he served as the north region clinical CPR coordinator and instructor.

Melligan also certified all the Maine Township coaches in 2015-16 in CPR.

As an assistant, Melligan oversaw many duties, including evaluating and diagnosing initial injuries; educating athletes about their specific injuries; acting as a liaison between family physician and specialists; and maintaining an accurate record of injuries and treatments provided.

The Schaumburg resident graduated from North Central College in 2012 with a bachelor’s of art in Athletic Training and a minor of Psychology. While at NCC, Melligan earned the Outstanding Leadership Award for his work as the Cardinal athletic training student club treasurer.


Peoria Rivermen get new athletic trainer, Brian Riedel


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Brian Riedel joined the Peoria Rivermen as the new trainer for the SPHL team on Sunday.

The Midwest Orthopaedic Center employee is from Sun Prairie, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point last spring.

He worked there as an athletic training student for the men’s hockey program, and was also a credentialed USA Hockey official.

“I am looking forward to growing as an athletic trainer with the Peoria Rivermen,” said Riedel, 23. “I’ve moved to Peoria, and am excited to be a community member.”

The Rivermen open the 2017-18 SPHL season in late October.

“We are excited to welcome Brian to the Rivermen family through our partnership with Midwest Orthopaedic,” Rivermen owner Bart Rogers said. “We pride ourselves on making sure our athletes are in the best possible shape, and when injuries do occur, we know they are going to be taken care of and rehabbed by the best orthopedic group in our area.”

RIVER READINGS: The Rivermen have hired Michael Miles as a ticket sales executive, handling group and single-game ticket sales. Miles, 38, holds a degree in sports management, and was a ticket sales and service intern with the St. Louis Cardinals last spring.


Weatherly Named Assistant AT at Belmont Abbey College


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Angela Weatherly has been named Assistant Athletic Trainer at Belmont Abbey College, Head Athletic Trainer Adam Smith announced of today. She started her duties, which include working with the field hockey, softball and developmental basketball teams, on August 1

“I am honored and excited to be a part of the athletic department here at Belmont Abbey.” Weatherly said. “I personally want to thank Adam Smith for the incredible opportunity to partake in sharing and practicing the mission of Belmont Abbey through doing what I love, Sports Medicine. I am so excited to be a part of a like-minded team, which has already blessed me in an enormous way.”

Weatherly graduated from Erskine in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. She had a double minor in biology and health while assisting with the men’s basketball program. She spent the next two years as a graduate assistant at Liberty University, earning a master’s degree in public health with an emphasis on health promotion. In her time in Lynchburg, she was assigned to the sports of women’s soccer, softball, cheerleading, swimming, and golf. She also gained experience in the Sports Dietician program by helping to counsel athletes on nutritional habits.

“I am excited to have Angela on board for the coming school year,” Smith said. “She brings a wealth of expertise to our staff from her time at Liberty University. Having graduated from Erskine, a conference school, will serve her well as she travels to familiar locations throughout the year. She will be a welcome addition to our campus community and will fit in nicely with our mission of forming and developing virtue in our student-athletes.”


Andre Venner Joins Kean University Athletic Training Staff


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The Kean University athletic department welcomes Andre Venner who joins the Cougar athletic training support staff.

Venner will serve as a full-time assistant athletic trainer. The department currently has five full-time certified athletic trainers along with two certified graduate assistants, bringing the total number to seven ATCs.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training cum laude from SUNY Cortland in 2014 and completed his Master of Science degree in exercise and sport sciences, cum laude, from Ithaca College in 2016.

Most recently he served as an athletic training resident at the University of Connecticut working primarily with the football and track programs.  Prior to his work at UConn, Venner was a graduate assistant at Cornell University working primarily with the football team.  He was also an intern with the New York Jets during training camp in 2013.

Venner is a member of both the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA).