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New Athletic Trainer Hired at LMU

July 20, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 20, 2001)-- Loyola Marymount University has hired Sandra Olsen as an assistant athletic trainer.

Olsen was the head athletic trainer at Salem International University in Salem, West Virginia, prior to taking the position at LMU. She joins the staff of Head Athletic Trainer Keith Ellison and Assistant Athletic Trainer Joe Ballard, who became a full-time staff member on May 1, 2001. Olsen was at Salem for three years, being promoted from assistant athletic trainer to the head position in August of 1999.

She earned her bachelor's of arts in Kinesiology from Long Beach State in 1996 and then acquired her master's of science in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvannia in 1998. While in Pennsylvannia, Olsen served as the head athletic trainer for McGuffey High School as part of her graduate assistantship. She also gained valuable experience while at Long Beach State, serving as a trainer for many events in Southern California. Events that she was involved with included the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Dave Snow's Baseball Camp and the Fountain Valley High School Softball Tournament.

With her extensive experience, Olsen has been involved with the classroom as well. She was a course instructor as a part-time faculty member at Salem, teaching courses in athletic training, world and community health, introduction to clinical athletic training and assessment of upper extremity, head and neck. She was also a clinical instructor, guest lecturer and peer tutor coordinator at Salem.

Olsen is certified by the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the American Red Cross, while maintaining memberships with the local training associations (Mid Atlantic Athletic Trainer's Association and West Virginia Athletic Trainer's Association).

The training staff provides service for more than 300 athletes that participate in LMU's 17 varsity sports on the NCAA Division I level. The sports include men's and women' basketball, baseball, men's and women's crew, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball, and men's and women's water polo.

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