March 20, 2012

Athletic Training Spotlight: Mars Hill and Wingate

March is National Athletic Training Month. Over the next few weeks, the SAC will show its appreciation for the outstanding health care service provided to its student-athletes by their schools' athletic training staffs by profiling the training programs. Today, Mars Hill and Wingate are spotlighted.

More information on athletic training can be found at www.nata.org. Remember, "Athletic Trainers Save Lives!"


Mars Hill College Athletic Training Staff


Che Gothard, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Che is the newest addition to the athletic training department at Mars Hill College. Previously Che was a graduate assistant for Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where she obtained her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration. Before her time in Cajun country, she obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Central Arkansas.


Josiah Hagemann, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Josiah is beginning his first year as part of the athletic training department at Mars Hill College. Josiah came to Mars Hill College from the University of North Carolina Asheville where he served as an assistant athletic trainer. Josiah obtained his bachelor's degree in athletic training from the University of Minnesota - Duluth and completed his master's degree in sports administration at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


Danielle Voss, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Danielle is in her fourth year as an assistant athletic trainer at Mars Hill College. Danielle previously served as a staff certified athletic trainer for Tennessee Wesleyan College. Danielle completed her bachelor's degree from Mars Hill College and obtained her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.


Brittany Ott, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Brittany is in her second year as a member of the Athletic Training Department. She works primarily with women's soccer and baseball. She also works as the Athletic Training Education Program's recruitment and retention coordinator. A graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Ott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training as well as a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology in 2008. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Ott worked as a secondary education teacher at Las Vegas High School for one year before completing her Master of Education degree in Athletic Training in 2010 from the University of Virginia. While at Virginia, she worked as a graduate assistant with the women's field hockey team.

Kelly Ottie, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Kelly is in her seventh year as Clinical Education Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer for Mars Hill College. Kelly came to Mars Hill from Catawba College where she served as a staff certified athletic trainer. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2002 and completed her Master of Arts degree in Sports Science and Pedagogy in 2004 also from Gardner-Webb University.


Allen Shelley, Head Athletic Trainer

Allen Shelley is in his 18th year as the Head Athletic Trainer for Mars Hill. Allen came to the Lions from Gardner-Webb University where he was a graduate assistant. He graduated from Gardner-Webb with a bachelor of science degree in Elementary Education in 1992 and completed his master's degree in Physical Education in August of 1995 also from Gardner-Webb University. Allen is married to the former Jennifer Mitchell and they reside in Mars Hill with their daughter Lilly.


Wingate University Athletic Training Staff


Tim Singleton MS, ATC
Director of Sports Medicine
Undergraduate- Wingate University
Graduate Degree- Georgia State University


Erin Thornton MPH, ATC
Assistant Director of Sports Medicine
Undergraduate Degree- Appalachian State University
Graduate Degree- Mercer University


Devon Smith MS, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergraduate Degree- Alfred University
Graduate Degree- Wingate University


Scott McGinn ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergraduate Degree- Fort Lewis College


TJ Cirone ATC
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergraduate Degree- Alfred University


Katy Lopresto ATC
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergraduate Degree: Elon University


David Schaffer ATC
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
Undergraduate Degree: Hofstra University