Solmonson joining Silverbacks


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Author: PG Citizen

Pam Solmonson is taking her talents out of town.

Solmonson, who has worked with the Prince George Spruce Kings and most recently the Cariboo Cougars, has been hired as the new athletic trainer/equipment manager of the B.C. Hockey League’s Salmon Arm Silverbacks. She’ll begin her new job on Aug. 1, in time for the start of the annual Salmon Arm Hockey School.

“Pam has a tremendous amount of experience that she will be bringing us this season,” said Silverbacks general manager Troy Mick. “I have worked with Pam in the B.C. Hockey high performance program and she is an absolute professional in her field.”

Along with her practical experience, Solmonson holds a degree in kinesiology.

“She will be a huge asset to our team moving forward,” Mick said.

The Spruce Kings and Silverbacks are BCHL rivals, while the Cougars skate in the B.C. Hockey Major Midget League.


Moll hired as Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine at Wisconsin


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Author: University of Wisconsin

Michael Moll has been hired as Wisconsin’s Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, UW Senior Associate Athletic Director Doug Tiedt announced on Friday. Moll has served as an athletic trainer for the Badgers since September of 2000, including spending the last five seasons as head football athletic trainer.

“We are fortunate and honored to have Michael directing the Department of Sports Medicine at UW-Madison,” Tiedt said. “His extensive knowledge, experience, and demonstrated strengths of being an exceptional leader will provide our student-athletes with the most comprehensive sports medicine and performance care and programing.”

Moll graduated from UW-Madison in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. He earned a Master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn in 1999 and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Tigers for two years. Following a short stint as the head athletic trainer at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, he joined the Badgers.

During his time at UW, Moll has served as the primary athletic trainer for a variety of sports including softball, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s basketball and wrestling. From 2003-12 he was an assistant athletic trainer with the football team, providing daily athletic training and management of medical care for football student-athletes. He was also responsible for coordination and supervision of rehabilitation, including post-surgical rehabilitations.

Since the summer of 2012, Moll has served as the Badgers’ head football athletic trainer. In that capacity he is responsible for the coordination of sports medicine coverage as well as oversight of the athletic training staff assigned to cover the football team.

“I am honored to be taking over for Dennis Helwig as the Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine at UW,” Moll said. “I look forward leading a medical staff that collaboratively provides access to high quality sports medicine care for our student-athletes at UW.”

Currently the vice president of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association, Moll was awarded the WATA Distinguished Service Award in 2007. He is also currently the Wisconsin state representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association.

In his new role as Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, Moll will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and administering the overall sports medicine program for UW. He will serve as the athletics health care administrator and oversee UW’s athletic health care administration and delivery. That includes directing the development, coordination and delivery of the professional and administrative services essential to the successful implementation of a comprehensive sports medicine program.


Jay Johnson set to take over as Head AT at Valdosta


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The Valdosta State Athletic Department is held in high regard in the profession of athletic training, and that reputation is expected to carry on under the leadership of Jay Johnson, who was recently announced as Blazer Athletics’ newest Head Athletic Trainer by Athletic Director Herb Reinhard.

“I am really excited about having Jay join our team,” said Reinhard on Tuesday. “Jay is a graduate of our athletic training program and was a part of our athletic training staff for our 2004 football national championship team, so he has a really good understanding of Valdosta State.”

Having served as a Head Athletic Trainer at Georgia Southwestern for four years before taking over the head position at Florida Tech in 2011, Johnson brings over 10 years of experience in the position to Valdosta State. His roots run deep at VSU, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and Athletic Training under the tutelage of departing Head Athletic Trainer Russ Hoff, whom Johnson refers to as a mentor.

“The Head Athletic Trainer job at Valdosta State is a dream job for me,” said Johnson. “I spent all of my undergrad years in Valdosta and graduated in 2005. One of the things that drew me to the university then was athletics. I knew nothing about athletic training when I first came to VSU, but by the time I graduated, the incredibly high standards of professionalism instilled in me a great pride to be a part of something as special as what has been developed at Valdosta State.”

Following his graduation from VSU, Johnson achieved a Masters degree in Health and Physical Education with a concentration in Health Promotion at Georgia College and State University, which prepared him for a smooth transition into the start of his professional career at Georgia Southwestern.

During his career, Johnson has served as a member of both the Georgia Athletic Trainers Association while at Georgia Southwestern and the Athletic Training Association of Florida since his move to Florida Tech. Johnson has also been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association since 2005.

While at Florida Tech, Johnson brought tremendous growth to the program. In addition to personally authoring all of Florida Tech’s sports medicine policies and procedures, he oversaw the growth of the institution’s expansion from three to six full-time athletic trainers. Furthermore, Johnson took responsibility for each of Florida Tech’s 24 varsity sports, while helping to develop a community among athletic trainers throughout the Space Coast region.

“Jay’s experience as the head athletic trainer at Georgia Southwestern and then for the last six years at Florida Tech has prepared him well to take over the reins at VSU,” added Reinhard. “He has overseen the growth and development of the athletic training department at Florida Tech in conjunction with their recent addition of football, and that experience is most valuable.”

“The legacy of Valdosta State athletic training is not something I take lightly,” concluded Johnson. “I am humbled to have this opportunity. I look forward to the years ahead, and I look forward to being able to work with the great athletic trainers and staff at this great institution.”

Johnson, along with his wife Michelle, will move to Valdosta in the weeks ahead and will officially take over his position at Valdosta State on July 1st.


Gaddie named associate athletic director for sports medicine and athletic training


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Mike Gaddie, an 18-year veteran of the Western Kentucky athletic training staff and 29-year veteran of the profession, has been named associate athletic director for sports medicine and athletic training.

Gaddie succeeds Bill Edwards, who will retire June 30 and Gaddie will assume his new role July 1.

“We are excited to name Mike Gaddie our next associate athletic director for sports medicine and athletic training,” WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement. “For nearly two decades, Mike has been an integral member of our athletic training operation and has positively impacted the lives of so many WKU student-athletes. I have the same faith in Mike’s ability to care for our student-athletes as they do, and it is a well-earned promotion for Mike and his family.”

Gaddie joined the Hilltopper athletic training staff in 2000 and has focused primarily on the men’s basketball team in his current role as associate director of athletic training. Over his time on The Hill, Gaddie has assisted with other WKU athletic teams as well as coordinated team travel schedules for the Hilltopper basketball team.


Tom Monagan Named Head Athletic Trainer at Colorado College


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Tom Monagan, the associate athletic director for student services and head athletic trainer at the University of Texas at Dallas since 2010, has been named the head athletic trainer at Colorado College, Director of Athletics Ken Ralph announced today.

Monagan joins the CC program with more than 20 years of collegiate and professional athletic training experience. During his tenure at UT-Dallas, he oversaw the athletic training staff and provided oversight to the athletic department’s strength & conditioning staff. He also collaborated with the University’s Student-Athlete Affairs program in developing nutrition, drug and alcohol education initiatives for the school’s 300-plus student-athletes.

“I am very excited to join the Colorado College family,” Monagan said. “I would like to thank Ken Ralph for this opportunity, and for his confidence in me in taking over the sports medicine program. It truly is an honor to take over this program. During the search process, I could see how special of a place CC is, and my time spent on campus with the coaches, staff, and administration only confirmed that.”

The Rochester, New York, native recently was named the NCAA Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He will receive the award at the 2017 NATA Convention next month in Houston. Monagan also received the Excellence in Athletic Training Award from the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association in July of 2016.

“We are thrilled we could attract a candidate with Tom’s experience and expertise to join our department in this important role,” Ralph said. “We are confident Tom can build upon the outstanding quality of care our students receive from our sports medicine staff.”

Monagan is a graduate of John Carroll University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in physical education with a specialization in athletic training in 1996. Monagan then received a master’s degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois University in 1997, while concentrating in sports administration and exercise physiology. Immediately upon graduation, he accepted a head athletic trainer position at Blackburn College, where he remained until 2000.

Monagan then joined the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club as a minor league athletic trainer in the Gulf Coast League, where he was an athletic trainer for the GCL All-Star Game in 2001. After one season in Bradenton, Fla., he returned to the college ranks, where he worked at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Gannon University and St. Bonaventure University.

In 2006, he was hired as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Central Arkansas, where he provided medical and rehabilitation coverage of the school’s NCAA Division I football and basketball teams, among others. He served as a clinical preceptor in the UCA Athletic Training Program, and was the clinical coordinator for the program his last two years there.

Monagan is nationally board certified, licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas, and is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA), the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the North Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society. He currently is serving on the NATA’s Committee of Professional Ethics, and is Chair of the Ethics Committee for SWATA. He has presented on professional ethics, social media and effective communication at various educational institutions and clinical symposiums.

Monagan, a volunteer instructor for the American Red Cross, enjoys golf and traveling in his spare time.


Syracuse football hires Marshall head athletic trainer Tim Pike


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Author: John Cassillo

In the latest sign that Syracuse Orange athletics is hearing Dino Babers loud and clear with regard to staff resources, the program made another hire today. The school announced today that former Marshall Thundering Herd head athletic trainer Tim Pike will join SU in the same role for football.

Pike served as head athletic trainer at Marshall from 2014-16, overseeing a nine-person sports medical staff. Prior to that, he served in the same role at Eastern Kentucky. He was also a student athletic trainer at Kentucky, and a graduate assistant at North Carolina. Pike holds degrees from both Kentucky and UNC, but we won’t judge him for that.

Tim will work under SU associate athletics director of sports medicine Brad Pike (no relation), who oversees football and men’s basketball.

The Orange have been busy hiring support staff in recent months, with Pike just being the latest name. Syracuse now has a four-man athletic performance/strength and conditioning staff, plus three additional recruiting staffers (including recent add Dave Boller and a graphic designer)


Russ Hoff Shifts to New Position at Valdosta State


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The Athletic Training program will look to fill a huge void in the weeks to come, as longtime Director of Sports Medicine Russ Hoff will transition into an alternate role at Valdosta State as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Health Sciences within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

The Valdosta State Athletic Training program has established itself as one of the top Division II programs in the country during the last several decades, and Hoff’s leadership has played an immeasurable role in earning that reputation. Hoff joined the Valdosta State Athletics staff in 1997 and began a run of 20 years, during which he complemented his head athletic trainer role with numerous other responsibilities, including course instruction and the guiding of independent studies and internships. He also served on a multitude of committees during his time at Valdosta State.

“Russ is a giant in the field of athletic training and we have been blessed to have him as our head athletic trainer for the last 20 years,” said Valdosta Stated Athletic Director Herb Reinhard. “While I am disappointed that Russ will be leaving his head athletic trainer position and no longer be a part of VSU Athletics, I am pleased that he will continue with the university and I know that the students that he will teach will greatly benefit from his experience. The health and well-being of student-athletes is a priority for athletic programs and we have been lucky to have one of the very best responsible for the student-athletes at VSU.”

Hoff began his career in collegiate athletics as the Assistant Professor in the department of Health and Sports Sciences at Capital University in 1987. During his ten years at Capital, his efforts caught statewide attention, as he was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1993. The trend continued after his transition to VSU, when he earned another Athletic Trainer of the Year honor in the state of Georgia in 2001. In 2005, recognition extended to the national stage when Hoff was named the NCAA Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Hoff has given countless presentations at prestigious universities and events throughout the southeast. In addition, he has provided written media contributions to Football Coaches Quarterly magazine and has overseen multiple sponsored research projects related to concussions and nutritional analysis. His work has been a tremendous asset to Valdosta State Athletics and has helped student-athletes reach their goals and perform at an optimal level year in and year out throughout the last 20 years.

“The decision to transition to a full-time faculty member and give up my athletic responsibilities was more difficult than I anticipated,” said Hoff in a recent statement. “Valdosta State University is a great place and I am grateful for what it has meant to me and my family. The timing was right and I look forward to the transition to full time teaching. The relationships you make with staff, graduate assistants, students, and student-athletes is what I will miss most, but I am grateful that I will continue to be able to experience those relationships in the classroom.”

Hoff will conclude his role with Valdosta State Athletics at the end of June.

The Valdosta State Athletic Department will begin a search next week for its next Head Athletic Trainer. Stay tuned to for application information.



The Newest Addition to NYU’s Athletic Training Family


Article reposted from Washington Square News
Author: Trevor Francesconi

Whether in the mid-atlantic area or in the south, Bryan Costello will follow wherever his athletic training career takes him. 

The youngest of four children, Costello grew up in Levittown, N.Y. and attended Kellenberg Memorial High School. And while he considered following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a police officer for the New York Police Department,  he chose to pursue athletic training professionally because of his love for sports and medicine.

A 2013 graduate of Quinnipiac University, Costello said that balancing clinical hours, friends, clubs and a full academic course load was a big part of his development into the person he is today — one who is able to pursue multiple passions simultaneously. Aside from studying sports medicine as an undergraduate, Costello also competed in intramural sports, specifically dodgeball and softball.

After graduating from Quinnipiac magna cum laude, Costello continued his education at the University of Tennessee, where he acquired his masters in recreation and sports management. Following two years at Tennessee, Costello interned as an athletic trainer at the United States Naval Academy, working mainly with the wrestling, swimming and diving teams.

Costello joined the NYU sports medicine department in July 2016. He is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Costello said that the one word that describes him as both a person and an athletic trainer is selfless.

“I think a big part of athletic training is working in the background while the athletes have the spotlight,” Costello said. “I am always ready to help the athletes when they need me so they can compete at the best of their ability.”

Costello has been an athletic trainer for the wrestling, women’s soccer and men’s volleyball teams throughout his first year at NYU. Working with the wrestling team at the Naval Academy and at NYU has brought Costello a newfound appreciation for the sport.

“Wrestling is high energy and quick, which is what I love about it,” Costello said. “While at [the Naval Academy], I attended and worked the NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championship at Madison Square Garden where there were sold out crowds and extensive media coverage.” 

Costello mentioned Navy All-American Matt Miller, who pinned four straight opponents while competing. Costello also highlighted NYU’s own Nathan Pike who, after battling through an elbow injury early in the season, won the Division III Wrestling National Championship in the 133-lb division.

Costello enjoys athletic training at the college level and hopes to become a head athletic trainer someday. The fun and lively atmosphere in NYU’s athletic training room makes coming to work enjoyable for Costello.

“My coworkers are great — we are in tight quarters but we make it fun and interesting every day,” Costello said. “Establishing trust with the athletes and seeing them grow throughout their four years is something I’m really excited to see.”

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 17 print edition. Email Trevor Francesconi at


Chargers promote Damon Mitchell to head athletic trainer


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Two days after the Los Angeles Chargers made their first (new) hometown hire in naming Josh Rupprecht vice president of public relations, the team continued to solidify its stewardship by promoting assistant athletic trainer Damon Mitchell to the head athletic trainer position.

Among the first to report the news was ESPN’s Eric Williams, who also explained last season’s head trainer James Collins will remain with the team — but in a different role.

Collins has 26 years of experience, and while his new role has yet to be released, he should prove as a continued asset for the Bolts.

Meanwhile, Mitchell has been with the Chargers since 2001 after beginning his career as an intern with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998.


Ian Wood Named Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine at Bucknell


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Bucknell director athletics and recreation John Hardt has announced the appointment of Ian Wood as associate athletic director for sports medicine. Wood will oversee Bucknell’s athletic training program and coordinate health care to student-athletes in each of Bucknell’s 27 varsity sports programs.

Wood brings more than 20 years of experience as a certified athletic trainer. Since 2012, he has been serving as director of sports medicine at Colorado College, a private liberal arts college that features two Division I athletics programs and 15 others that compete at the Division III level. Wood has led a staff of four full-time assistant athletic trainers, two graduate assistants, an insurance coordinator and approximately 20 student workers.

“I am very excited to welcome Ian to our administrative team at Bucknell,” said Hardt. “Throughout his impressive career, Ian has developed a wide range of experience delivering first-rate sports medicine care to athletes at various levels of competition. He has worked in high-academic environments at West Point and Colorado College, with a strong Big 10 football program at Wisconsin, and with elite military athletes harboring Olympic aspirations. In addition to his talent as an athletic trainer, Ian has demonstrated terrific leadership in oversight positions.”

A 1994 graduate of Purdue University, Wood went on to earn his master’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. Later that year he found his first opportunity to work as a full-time athletic trainer at the U.S. Military Academy. In four years at West Point, Wood worked with the football, men’s basketball, ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, cross country/track and field, and softball teams.

In 2000, Wood moved on to the University of Wisconsin, where he spent the next six years working primarily with the Badgers football team, first as an assistant and then as the head football athletic trainer. He also provided healthcare and oversight of graduate assistants covering the sports of wrestling and men’s and women’s soccer.

Wood in 2006 was named chief of sports medicine with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program in Ft. Carson, Colorado. In that role, he provided healthcare for elite soldier-athletes preparing to compete in major international competitions, including the Summer and Winter Olympics. When he arrived at Ft. Carson, Wood took over a dormant sports medicine program and created a new, multi-discipline model based on a soldier-first philosophy. He worked closely with healthcare professionals including physicians, sports psychologists, dieticians, human performance experts, strength and conditioning and massage therapists. Wood also coordinated athletes’ drug-testing education with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Wood remained in Colorado but returned to the collegiate ranks in 2012, when he was named director of sports medicine at Colorado College.

Wood has also been an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He was a member of the NATA’s Career Center in 2011-12, while also serving as his district’s representative to the Committee on Emerging Practices in Athletic Training. From 2013-15, Wood was vice president of the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association. He currently serves on the Colorado Masons’ Benevolent Fund Scholarship Committee.

At Bucknell, Wood becomes just the third head athletic trainer since the Bison sports medicine program was born in 1948. Hall-of-Famer Hal Biggs founded the Bucknell athletic training program and served for 38 years before handing the reins to Mark Keppler in 1986. Keppler was Bucknell’s head athletic trainer for the next 31 years before retiring in December.

“I am extremely excited to become a part of the Bucknell family,” said Wood. “Having worked in the Patriot League previously, I have long admired Bucknell’s athletics program and the manner in which they treat their student-athletes. I am looking forward to getting to know them and the wonderful group of dedicated coaches. I am also looking forward to working with the sports medicine staff at Bucknell. Mark Keppler is extremely well-respected in our profession, and it is an honor to accept the challenge of taking over a program that has been guided so well for the last several decades.”

Wood will begin his duties at Bucknell on March 20.