March 24, 2017
Alumna Grabs Title of Athletic Trainer of the Year
Stephanie Clark ’13, MAT ’14 of Cairo, WV was named Athletic Trainer of the Year during the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association 2017 Annual Sports Medicine Conference, held March 3-4 in Flatwoods, WV.
Clark, who now resides in Elkview, WV, is employed with Elk Valley Physical Therapy working outreach for Herbert Hoover High School, one of the three high schools in the state that were affected by the massive June 2016 flooding. Although Herbert Hoover High School is no longer in use and students are learning half-day at Elkview Middle School, Clark made it her mission to continue her work with her students.
“Fall sports were questionable, but we made it happen,” she stated. “Football went to the playoffs, volleyball made a showing at the state tournament, and the boys’ basketball team went to the state tournament for the first time in the school’s history. It is easy to do my job when I work with a pretty great community to help these kids out.”
Clark finds this particular position in line with the skills she developed at Wesleyan.
“Creative thinking was always encouraged at Wesleyan,” commented Clark. “Working with an AA high school in a small West Virginia town under these special circumstances requires me to be able to think creatively in order to do my job well.
“The athletic training department of Wesleyan is absolutely one of the best in the state,” she continued. “I had more hands-on opportunities because class sizes were small. I was put in real-world situations every single day and was expected to answer the whys of these situations. The department shows tough love, and everyone becomes a family that pushes you to achieve.”
On receiving the Athletic Trainer of the Year award, Clark was humbled by the win.
“It is a huge honor, really,” she said. “I was surprised because there are so many great athletic trainers in this state. I am just doing my job, and it is good to know I am doing it well.”
As a student, Clark was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Alpha Rose, concert band, collegiate 4-H club, and the academic affairs committee. Clark is also a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association.
For more information on the School of Exercise Science & Athletic Training, please visit http://www.wvwc.edu/academics/schools/exercise-science-and-athletic-training.
Cutline: Drew Mason, Wesleyan asssitant professor of exercise science stands with Stephanie Clark '13, MAT '14
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