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Two Trainers Join LMU Staff

LMU added to its staff with the addition of two trainers.
LMU added to its staff with the addition of two trainers.

Sept. 26, 2002

Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 26, 2002) -- With the 2002-03 season in full swing, the Loyola Marymount University athletic department received a big boost with the hiring of Beth Drayer and Joseph Gonzalez as assistant athletic trainers. The addition of Drayer and Gonzalez complete the Lions full-time training staff.

Drayer and Gonzalez, who bring a combined 15 years of full-time experience in the field, replace Joe Ballard and Sandy Olsen.

"Both Joe and Sandy have accepted positions in the Los Angeles area that were the next step in their careers," said Athletic Director Bill Husak. "Our goal was to fill these positions quickly with the season already underway. We were very fortunate to have two experienced people the caliber of both Joe and Beth. They will help us continue to become among the best at what we do as an entire department in the West Coast Conference."

Drayer comes to LMU from the University of Oregon where she served as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. For two academic years her role was the clinical co-coordinator of the Athletic Training Service Center while serving as a lab instructor for undergraduate sports medicine classes.

Drayer earned her masters degree in Exercise and Movement Science/Sports Medicine in 2002 and her bachelor degree in Kinesiology in 1998 from Penn State University. In the Fall of 1996 she began as a full-time student trainer at Penn State, working primarily with baseball, men's and women's track and men's soccer. Following Penn State, she was the head athletic trainer for Spartanburg Day School, part of the Spartanburg Regional Sports Medicine Fellowship until May of 1999.

She continued to work in the public schools, serving as a the head athletic trainer for Cresskill High School prior to attending Oregon.

Gonzalez has nine years of experience at LMU, dating back to 1993 when he served as a student athletic trainer at LMU. A 1997 graduate of LMU, Gonzalez just finished working for Tenet Heath Systems at the USC University Hospital. He served as a Sports Medicine Coordinator and as the program administrator for the Excellence in Athletic High School Program at the Center of Athletic Medicine. There he was responsible for the management of 16 ATCs, covering 18 area high schools.

He worked for Tenet in this position from June of 2000. It was his second term at Tenet, serving as a Certified Athletic Trainer with the high school outreach program from 1997-1998. He has also served as a Certified Athletic Trainer at Intermountain Heath Care (1998-2000), the Ladies League Baseball (1997) and the Fila Summer Pro League in Long Beach, Calif.

Prior to Tenet Heath Systems, Gonzalez was a certified athletic trainer for the 2002 Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was assigned to the long track speedskating at the Olympic Oval.

While he completed his bachelor degree in Biology, he worked at West Coast Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Manhattan Beach.

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