Rae Emrick ’95, assistant professor of athletic training at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was recently awarded District III Head D2 Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (NATA ICSM).
Each year, the ICSM recognizes one individual for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in the following collegiate divisions: NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA, NAIA, Junior College/Community College and Club, Intramural, and Recreational Sports. Recipients are actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations, and promotion of the profession. Nominees much be employed as a full-time Head Athletic Trainer in a collegiate setting, exhibit professional experience in a collegiate setting, and general experience as Head Athletic Trainer.
Emrick was nominated by John Zubal, assistant athletic trainer at Wesleyan.
“It was a tremendous shock when I received the call from Andy Carter of the NATA ICSM committee notifying me of my selection for this award,” said Emrick. “I am honored to have been nominated by John and am completely humbled by being selected as this year’s winner. The AT staff that we have on campus are great and make my job much easier.”
Emrick is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University. During her tenure at WVWC, she has worked as an athletic trainer with many Bobcat athletic teams and served as a clinical instructor for athletic training students. In the fall of 2007, Emrick assumed the role of Program Director of the Athletic Training Program. She has taught courses at WVWC since 1997 in a variety of subject areas, such as athletic training (BSAT and MSAT), exercise science, anatomy and physiology, health and physical education, and general education courses within the freshman seminar program. She received a bachelor of science from Wesleyan and a master of science from Marshall University.