Athletic Training Staff Roster Gets Shake Up, Adds Sixth Trainer
The LMU Athletic Training staff will feature three new trainers in 2013-14.
Aug 26, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The LMU Athletic Training room will see a pair of new faces, in addition to one returning, beginning this fall, as Assistant Athletics Director Keith Ellison has replaced two vacant positions and added another to total six Athletic Trainers working with the LMU athletes in 2013-14. Lacee Diamond, who will replace Joe Gonzalez who left LMU to become the head athletic trainer at Occidental College, will join Jeremiah Fraser as new editions under Ellison, while Gary Dyogi returns to the training room after an initial stint from 2004-2007.
"I'm very excited about the hiring of Lacee Diamond, Gary Dyogi and Jeremiah Fraser," Ellison said. "They are extremely talented athletic trainers and very passionate about the health and well being of our student-athletes. An Athletic training staff is like a team - we have to work together to ensure that our student-athletes are ready to compete at a championship level. All three will be instrumental in our success at LMU."
Diamond comes to LMU from Washington State University, where she has been since 2009. While working at WSU, Diamond has served as an athletic trainer for various teams, including rowing, men's and women's track and field and cross country. The native of Nevada City, Calif., has also worked at St. Bonaventure and Northwestern, where she worked primarily with the men's and women's soccer, basketball, women's fencing and softball programs. Diamond earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona before receiving her masters in athletic training from Montana State University.
Dyogi, a graduate of LMU, has been working within the Lion Athletic Training program since 2003, initially serving as a full time trainer and then in shorter stints during camps or other special events that required additional training room staff. Dyogi, who is also a strength and conditioning specialist, has worked with a wide variety of programs throughout his Athletic Training career, including softball, water polo, basketball, volleyball, crew, football and baseball.
Fraser, whose position was added prior to this year, comes to LMU from the University of the Pacific, where he served as a Graduate Assistant and earned his masters in sports sciences. While at UOP, Fraser assisted the men's volleyball, cross country and tennis programs amongst a host of other duties and responsibilities. A graduate of Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, his background has included working in the sports of football, baseball, soccer and softball.
When asked about the addition of the sixth position, Ellison said, "the approval of our sixth athletic trainer shows the commitment of Dr. Husak and the University regarding the health care of our athletic department. The additional staffing will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and health of our student-athletes."
The LMU training room, universally accepted as one of the busiest locations on the LMU campus, saw its first full day of action today as classes officially got underway for the 2013-14 year.