CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University has been recognized for having the 2016-17 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year, during the group’s annual meeting at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Blue Ash.
It’s the third time in the past five years that the Yellow Jackets’ staff has earned G-MAC’s highest honor for athletic trainers which is voted on by the league’s ATC’s.
CU’s five-person group is headed up by Wes Stephens, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance and Athletic Training, who oversees the care for the University’s 16 varsity sports and cheerleading. He is joined by Assistant Athletic Trainers Amanda Meade, Rebecca Stokes, and Kurt Gruenberg as well as Kurt Beachy, Instructor of Athletic Training.
“Cedarville has very strong athletic training education and athletic department programs,” Stephens said. “It’s something we’ve done well for years and placed a lot of value in.
“It’s gratifying because we feel like we have the facilities as well as the staff to be able to offer high level of services to everyone. It’s a goal of ours each year to be able to provide excellent care to our visitors and student-athletes.”
G-MAC athletic training staffs are limited to winning the award every other year. Cedarville was previously honored in 2012-13 (Head Athletic Trainer Christopher Cross) and 2014-15 (Head Athletic Trainer Wes Stephens).
Trevecca Nazarene won the inaugural offering in 2013-14 and Davis & Elkins earned the title during the 2015-16 season.