MSU Athletic Training Staff
Sally Nogle PhD, AT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Sally Nogle was promoted to the position of Head Athletic Trainer at Michgan State University on July 1, 2013. She has served as a member of the Michigan State Athletic Training staff since October of 1983. Sally was previously the associate head athletic trainer working with the Spartan Football team and the staff athletic trainer for the Men's and Women's Tennis teams, and Spartan Field Hockey Team. Most recently, in June 2012, Sally was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association's Hall of Fame. She was honored with Tim Kerin Award in June, 2015. She was recognized in 2004 by receiving the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. She has also received the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1999, the NATA Service Award in 1998,and the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame Award. In 2006, Sally was named a recipient of the Jack Breslin Outstanding Staff Award for Michigan State University. In April 2008, Sally was honored with the San Diego State University Robert J. Moore Distinguished Alumnus Award. Most recently, Sally was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame Class of 2012. She was also honored on in March of 2012 with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes those members who have significantly contributed to the education of the GLATA members through academic presentations, published manuscripts or editorials, and educational program development. Sally brings international and Olympic experience to the MSU staff. In 1984 Sally worked with Volleyball at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and in 1985 and 1986 she worked at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festivals in Baton Rouge and Houston. Nogle was the athletic trainer for the U.S. Women's basketball team at the 1987 World University Games in Yugoslavia. Sally was also selected to work with the U.S. Rowing Team at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea in 1988. She earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1979 and a master's degree in 1983, both from San Diego State University, and her Ph.D. from MSU in 2001. Her research focused on the mastery of the NATA's competencies and clinical proficiencies program. In addition to her sport responsibilities, Sally coordinates the mental health program for the student athletes, inventory of pharmaceutical supplies, and supervising the head-of-sport meetings for undergraduate student athletic trainers. Her family includes her husband Carlton, son, Bryce, and daughter, Tracy.
Associate Head Athletic Trainer
Men's Ice Hockey
David Carrier was promoted to the Associate Head Athletic Trainer position in July, 2013 and is the staff athletic trainer serving the Spartan Hockey team. Dave arrived onto the East Lansing campus in 1984 from Ferris State University, where he had served as an assistant coordinator of sports medicine for five years. He received his bachelor of science degree in physical education from Ferris in 1979 and received his master's degree in athletic training from Central Michigan University in 1983. In 1990, he served as the head athletic trainer for the U.S.A. Hockey Team at the World Championships in Bern, Switzerland. Dave spent four weeks working with ski jumpers and Nordic combine athletes at the 1992 Winter Olympics, and in 1988, served as head athletic trainer of the U.S.A. Olympic Hockey Team. dave was honored with the NATA Hall of Fame Award in June, 2015. He was a 1997 Michigan Athletic Trainer Distinguished Award winner and the NATA Research in Education Foundation Volunteer of the Year in 1998. Dave was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainer's Society Hall of Fame in 2005 while accepting the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in June, 2005. In March of 2012, Dave was honored with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) Outstanding Educator Award. The award recognizes those members who have significantly contributed to the education of the GLATA members through academic presentations, published manuscripts or editorials, and educational program development. Dave's most recent accomplishment was being named the recipient of the 2016 Jim Fullerton Award announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Dave was one of six individuals recognized for their unique contributions to amateur hocky in the United States. The Fullerton Award recognizes an individual, whether a coach, athletic trainer, administrator, offiicial, or journalist, that loves the purity of the sport. Dave coordinates the athletic training supply inventory, maintenance and budget issues for each of the six on campus athletic training facilities.
Undergraduate Athletic Training Clinical Education Coordinator
Thomas Mackowiak has been member of the Michigan State University athletic training staff since August, 1987. Currently, Tom is the undergraduate athletic training program's Clinical Education Coordinator working with Dr. Tracey Covassin in clinical athletic training student education, placement, and evaluation. Tom is currently the full-time staff athletic trainer with the Spartan women's golf program, after overseeing the MSU cross country and track programs the past four season and following twenty-four seasons assigned as the Michigan State University men's basketball athletic trainer. He received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University with a major in Special Education and a minor in Athletic Training. He completed his master's degree at Michigan State in 1981. Tom served as the iniial head athletic trainer at East Lansing High School in 1980-1981 and was hired in August, 1981 as the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Detroit. He is a former Michigan Athletic Trainers Society membership chairperson. Thomas is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Kinesiology at MSU. He assists in the recruitment of graduate and undergraduate students while assisting with the education and proficiency development of the undergraduate athletic training students. In the past, he was the co-advisor for the MSU athletic training student organization E-STIM and directs the yearly Michigan State University HIgh School Athletic Training Workshop. Thomas completed his Doctorate Degree from Michigan State in December, 2005. His research was titled "An Evaluation of Planned Change: Accredited Undergraduate Athletic Training Educational Programs". He is certified from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Corrective Exercise Specialist (PES) and a NG360 Nike Golf Performance Specialist powered by the Gray Institute.
Women's Basketball/Men's Golf
LouAnne Jefferson serves as the certified athletic trainer for the Spartan Women's Basketball team. A native of Indianapolis, IN, Jefferson joined the Michigan State University athletic training staff in August, 1996 after two years as the head athletic trainer at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. LouAnne earned her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and received her Master's from Temple University. Both degrees are in athletic training/sports medicine. In addition to her duties with women's basketball at MSU, LouAnne oversees men's golf and works with the insurance administration for all MSU student-athletes. She works with Dr. Tracey Covassin and the NATA as MSU's Clinical Instructor Educator (CIE) for the MSU 's undergraduate athletic training educational program. Since 2005, she has served as the sports medicine crew captain for the Michigan 3Day. The 3 day walk event involves over 3,000 participants annually raising over $4 million to fund and increase awareness, education, screening, and treatment for breast cancer. LouAnne is an Adjunct Faculty at MSU, a member of the NATA, GLATA, and MATS. She is also a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross serving as First Aid, CPR, and AED Instructor.
Women's Gymnastics/Varisty and Novice Rowing
Destiny joined the Michigan State University athletic training staff in August, 1997. She is currently the staff athletic trainer in charge of MSU Women's Gymnastics, with clinical supervison of the Varsity and Novice Rowing teams and the Jenison Field House Athletic Training Room. Destiny is also responsible for yearly CPR certification of all Michigan State coaches and staff and athletic trainering students. Destiny earned her bachelor's degree in 1991 from Nazareth College and her master's degree from Western Michigan University. Prior to arriving in East Lansing, Destiny was an assistant athletic trainer at Washington University in St. Louis for two years. She then went on to be an assistant athletic trainer with football at Illinois State University in 1996. Destiny has been invoved since 1995 and is currently serving as an athletic trainer for the ESPN X Games. She has served as the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Women in Athletic Training Committee. Her current certifications involve both Grastons and Kinesio Taping Techniques and TMR1. Destiny's family includes her husband Kalman, and sons Trey, Storm , Xtreme, Legend, and daughter Spirit.
Wrestling, Men's and Women's Swimmimg & Diving
Lianna was hired at Michigan State University in the Fall, 2000, following a two-year athletic training graduate assistantship at Michigan State University. During her two year appointment, she worked directly with the MSU men's gymnastics and softball teams, while working as a teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology. Lianna recently coordinated the year-round health care for the Spartan women's volleyball program in addition to her athletic training student clinical supervision duties of men's and womens' cross country and track teams at the Jenison Field House athletic training room. She is currently assigned to work with the MSU athletic insurance and sports nutrition educational consulations while overseeing the clinical responsibilities of the IM West athletic training room.. She completed her undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University with a major in Exercise Science. Lianna is involved as a co-advisor for the MSU student athletic trainer organization E-STIM and is a Clinical Preceptor for clinical proficiencies in MSU's undergraduate educational program. Lianna's family includes her husband Brian and twins Asher and Maeve.
Matt was hired as an Athletic Training Staff member at Michigan State University in the Fall, 2015. Matt is clincally assigned to oversee the year round health care of MSU's baseball teams and the oversight of the men's soccer program. Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in May, 2010 and his Master of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training in 2012 from Georgia Southern University. His past experiences included an Assistant Athletic Trainer position at the University of Mount Olive and an Assistant Director of Sports Medicine assignment at Lehigh University. While at Lehigh University he worked with field hockey, women's basketball, cross country, softball, and baseball. He is a certified member of the NATA, Grastons Technique, and a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist.
Volleyball, Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Track & Field
Kelly Stobba was hired in the summer 2015 as a Michigan State University staff Athletic Trainer overseeing Women's Volleyball. Kelly will continue oversight of the Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field teams. A native of Franklin, Wisconsin, Kelly spent three years as the Associate Athletic Trainer for the football program at the University of Toledo and assistant athletic trainer at Minnesota-Duluth from 2007-2011. She formally worked as an athletic trainer at Oak Hall School while completing her Masters of Science degree at the University of Florida. Sher is currently the co-advisor with MSU athletic training student organization, E-STIM. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
A native of Greenfield, Indiana, Nick was hired in August, 2016 as the Michigan State University's Men's Basketball Staff Athletic Trainer. Nick was recently an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Wake Forest University serving as the Head Football Athletic Trainer for the Demon Deacon Football Program. Nick spent two seasons as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Bowling Green State University working with football. Prior to Bowling Green State University, Nick was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Illinois for five seasons including four seasons with the football program. He also served as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Notre Dame. Nick completed his Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from Purdue University in 2003 and his Master's Degree from Virginia Tech University in Health and Promotions and Health Education in 2005.
Softball, Women's Soccer, Cheerleading, Dance
Salina was hired as a Michigan State University Athletic Training Staff beginning August 1, 2013. Salina is assigned to the oversight of Softball, Cheerleading, and Dance while over seeing the clinical coverage of Women's Soccer, and assist with coverage for the Jenison Athletic Training Room. She previously completed two years as the Michigan State University's Athletic Training Intern assigned to the Jenison Field House Athletic Training Room with Men's Soccer. Salina completed her Master's Degree at the Eastern Michigan University. Her thesis work involved comparing the kinematics of the wrist during back handsprings with various bracing techniques. Salina completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in May, 2009.
Football/Men's and Women's Tennis
Dave was hired at Michigan State University on August 1, 2013. His main clinical assignment will be to assist with Football while asssisting with the oversight of Men's and Women's Tennis. Davewas an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Miami in Coral Gables from July 2012 until his current appointment. He was involved int he daily health care needs of the football program. Prior to his work at Miami,Dave worked as the Associate Athletic Trainer/Head Football ATC at Eastern Illinois University from March 2010 until July 2012, Director of Athletic Training Services at Radford University from June, 2008 to March 2010, and the Head Athletic Trainer at Ferrum College from August 2005 until May, 2008. Dave completed his undergraduate degree at Grand Valley State University and attained his Master of Science from Virginia Tech University.
Men's and Women's Cross Country, Men's and Women's Track and Field
Renee began at Michigan State University on August 1, 2016. Renee received her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1994 from Winona State University and completed her Master's of Arts Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Western Michigan University in 1996. Renee was recently employed at the University of New Hampshire as the Associate Head Athletic Trainer. She began at UNH in 2006 and was elevated to the role of Associate Head Athletic Trainer in 2011 until her current position in East Lansing. Her main responsibilities included coverage of women's ice hockey. She also worked as the UNH drug testing coordinator and oversaw the Nutrition Education and Eating Concerns for the varsity athletic programs. Prior to UNH, Renee served as the head athletic trainer at St. Bonaventure from July 2002 until August 2006 after arriving as an assistant AT in December of 1998. Renee began her clinicall career at Northwood University in August, 1996. Renee is a certified member of the NATA, FMS Level 2 Certified, and Certified in Graston - M1 Techniques.
Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program Director/Assistant Professor Kinesiology
Dr. Tracey Covassin joined MSU's College of Education in the Fall 2005 from Shippensburg University, where she was an assistant professor of Exercise Science. Dr. Covassin serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and as a certified athletic trainer within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Her research focuses on neuropsychological impairments of concussions and epidemiology of sports injuries. She most recently served as the project coordinator of the Philadelphia Sports Concussion Project, and was a National Athletic Trainers Association Foundation Student Research Award Finalist in 2004. Dr. Covassin earned her PhD from Temple University in 2003. Presently, Dr. Covassin is involved as the Undergraduate Athletic Training Educational Program Director in conjunction with her ongoing research projects. Tracey was honored in June 2016 by the National Athletic Trainers' Associationwith the "Fellow Award" recognizing achievement in research and/or education combined with service to the profession. Only the most accomplished scholars in the athletic training profession earn this distinction and are allowed to use the prestigious designation of "FNATA."
Graduate Athletic Training Program Director/Assistant Professor Kinesiology
Dr. Chris Kuenze joined MSU's College of Education's Graduate Athletic Training Program in the Summer 2015, from the University of Miami. He completed his Doctoral Program from the University of Virginia. Chris studies the impact of exercise following traumatic knee injury with a focus on reducing risk of re-injury as well as the risk of long term joint degeneration. He is working to identify the impact of fatiguing exercise on patterns of lower extremity muscle function and movement patterns following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. He plans to work on early clinical interventions to promote a return to normal physical activity while reducing the risk of reinjury and knee joint osteoarthritis following ACL reconstruction. He also seeks to identify and implement new low cost motion analysis technologies that can be used easily in the clinical setting to track rehabilitation after lower extremity injury. Chris is involved in the Undergraduate Athletic Training Educational Program while directing and overseeing the Graduate Athletic Training Students in their educational program design and graduate degree process.
Undergraduate/Graduate Athletic Training Education Program
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Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824