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AT PROFILES

  • Angie Beisner
  • Kristen Bretz
  • Ashley Cole
  • Jenn Novak
  • Vince O’Brien
  • Courtney Siegel
  • Katrina Stibel
  • Bob Sweeney
  • Michael Sypniak
  • Alex Wong

Angie Beisner
Position: Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Tennis
Educational background: BS from Ohio State; MA from Eastern Kentucky University

The reason I went into athletic training is … to help athletes perform at their best with both treatment and prevention of injuries.

The most rewarding part of my job is … watching an athlete who has worked really hard in rehab return to their sport after an injury.

The toughest part about my job is … explaining to people what it means to be an athlete trainer. The word “trainer” is used a lot so it sometimes takes extra effort to explain my role as a healthcare professional.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be … to be passionate about what you do. This profession requires a lot of hard work but it is worth it if you are going to a job you enjoy every day!

Kristen Bretz
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer
Educational background: BS, Eastern Michigan, Athletic Training; MS, University of Kentucky, Kinesiology

The reason I went into athletic training is … because it offered the opportunity to combine my love of sports, competition, and being part of a team with my love of helping people mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The most rewarding part of my job is … watching any athlete return to the playing field after an injury, but particularly the athlete that I worked with from the moment of injury, through surgery and rehab to a successful return to play. It is rewarding to help someone achieve their goals and walk away with a closer relationship to the athlete.

The toughest part about my job is … getting on a plane for a long trip. The destinations are often wonderful, but I hate flying.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …  to learn something new every day. Every day in the athletic training room offers a  different experience from the day before. You will engage with different athletes with various needs. New challenges arise from multiple angles. Unfamiliar or “mysterious” injuries will occur. Keep an open mind and be a keen observer. You can learn so much about a person or a situation simply by paying attention to what goes on around you.

Ashley Cole
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Women’s Rowing and Women’s Volleyball
Educational background: BS: Ohio State University- Athletic Training; MA: UNC-Chapel Hill- Athletic Training

The reason I went into athletic training is … I have always been interested in medicine and health care. When I found athletic training it was a way to combine those interests with my interests in sports.

The most rewarding part of my job is … Working with athletes on a daily basis and when they are healthy and injured. Helping them come back from an injury to get back out on the playing field.

The toughest part about my job is … Balancing a busy/ frequently changing schedule with personal life.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be … Take advantages of all the opportunities available to you. Try different settings, different age groups, different sports, etc. Don’t limit yourself you never know what you might like!

Jenn Novak
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Softball, Men’s Soccer
Educational background: Bachelor of Science in Athletic training from Kent State University (2004).   Master of Science in Allied Health Management from Ohio State University (2006).

The reason I went into athletic training is …  to continual enjoy the competitive environment offered within Division I athletics while helping athletes recover from injury/illness in order for them to return to their highest level of competition

The most rewarding part of my job is … seeing an athlete through the rehabilitation process from time of injury to participating in competitions.

The toughest part about my job is … the paperwork!!!

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …  to not give up when undergraduate coursework and schedules get tough.  The reward of being a Certified Athletic Trainer and helping athletes is well worth the time dedication in undergrad!

Vince O’Brien
Position: Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Men’s Basketball, Men’s Golf
Educational background: 1991 BS, Health Education, Ohio State

The reason I went into athletic training is …best combination of sports and medicine

The most rewarding part of my job is …seeing young kids grow into young adults

The toughest part about my job is …dealing with sports information staff (kidding).

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions or make mistakes, learn every day, don’t take yourself too seriously and have fun

Courtney Siegel
Position: Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track/ Field
Educational background: Undergraduate- Otterbein College in Athletic Training; Graduate- North Carolina State in Adult and Community Education/ Health Professions

The reason I went into athletic training is … I wanted to help people get back to what they loved to do. 

The most rewarding part of my job is … Seeing an initial injury, evaluating, treating, rehabbing and then seeing them compete again!  

The toughest part about my job is … Handling many student athletes and all of their injuries.  With track and field the events are so different, trying to make each exercise / treatment plan event specific keeps me on my toes.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be … Remember why you are here….to help see the student athlete be the best that they can be!

Katrina Stibel      
Position: Athletic Trainer (St. John Arena)
Assigned sports: Men’s Volleyball, Pistol, Rifle, Aquatic Sports
Educational background: BS from California State University, Northridge – Kinesiology/Athletic Training; MA from Ohio State University – Sports Management

The reason I went into athletic training is …  love of sport and wanting to see athletes succeed

The most rewarding part of my job is …  seeing an athlete return from an injury and knowing I had something to do with that.

The toughest part about my job is …  balancing personal/work life   

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …  don’t take yourself too seriously, have fun and enjoy what you do! 

Bob Sweeney   
Position:  Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Football
Educational background: BS Ohio State University (1992) and MS Kansas State University (1995)

The reason I went into athletic training is …  I was always interested in pursuing a career in the medical field and thought that athletic training would be a great combination of medicine and athletics, which is also a strong interest area for me.

The most rewarding part of my job is …  Seeing our athletes develop both on and off the field as they transition from a freshman to a senior.  I also enjoying seeing our players return from tough injuries and compete at a high level.

The toughest part about my job is …  being in a situation where an athlete is facing retirement from their sport because of an injury or condition.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …  make sure that you have good time management skills so that you can better balance your career and family life.

Michael Sypniak
Position:  Assistant Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports:  Baseball, Field Hockey
Educational background:  Slippery Rock University, BA in Athletic Training; Syracuse University, MS in Exercise Science

The reason I went into athletic training is …  I liked sports and medicine in high school and thankfully it worked out for me.

The most rewarding part of my job is …  the relationships you build with the student-athletes, seeing the dedication and hard work of the student-athlete pay off when they return to the field.

The toughest part about my job is …  understanding that injuries happen, and sometimes you just can’t rush mother nature and the healing process.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …  make sure you enjoy what you are doing, don’t settle for being good at your job and find balance in your life.

Alex Wong
Position: Athletic Trainer
Assigned sports: Wrestling, Fencing
Educational background: BS-University of New Hampshire; MS- University of Oregon

The reason I went into athletic training is …
I enjoy the direct patient interaction.  Specifically, I enjoy athletic training at the college level because of the atmosphere and you are an active part in their lives both athletically and personally.

The most rewarding part of my job is …
It is very rewarding to see an  individual through the complete process of injury, rehabilitation, and return to competitive activity.

The toughest part about my job is …
Always trying to maintain the “work-life” balance.  Also, trying to help the student-athletes make decisions for themselves and help them with life after college athletics.

If I could give one piece of advice to an aspiring athletic trainer, it would be …
Take the time to gain an appreciation for where the athlete, coach, and parents are coming from.  This will allow you to provide a high level of health care and enjoy doing it.