1. Why did you choose Slippery Rock Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP)?
“I picked SRU ATEP as it was a reputable program close to my hometown. I learned more about it during my summer orientation and made my decision to enroll.”---Tony House
“SRU ATEP has the best educational staff and the best “hands on” experience.”---Jeff Cienik, Class of 1991
“When I went to college fairs in high school, Slippery Rock was recommended by other colleges for athletic training.---Jesse Townsend, Class of 1995
2. Why did you choose to become an athletic trainer?
“I decided to be an athletic trainer as there were various areas/fields that athletic training would prepare me for in sports medicine.”---Tony House
“As an athlete in high school, I wanted to continue with sports as a career. Athletic training keeps me involved helping young athletes to reach their goal.”---Jeff Cienik, Class of 1991
3. Did you go to graduate school, and if so, for what and where?
“Tennessee Tech University-Instructional Leadership”
“University of Nevada, Las Vegas-Biomechanics; University of Pittsburgh-Neuromuscular aspects of sport injury (Biomechanics and Epidemiology)”---Tony House
“Slippery Rock University-Exercise Science”
“University of Pittsburgh-Athletic Training/Sports Medicine”---Jesse Townsend, Class of 1995
“California University of Pennsylvania-Rehabilitative Science”---Becky Pizer
“Indiana University-Athletic Training”---Jodi Lohr
4. What kind of setting do you work in?
“Department of Justice-Federal Bureau as RN/ATC”
“Professional USL-D2 Soccer”
“K-12 assistant athletic trainer/teacher/coach”---Brian Vaught, Class of 2002
“Management of a hospital outreach program”---Jesse Townsend, Class of 1995
“College-DIII with 20 sports”---Jodi Lohr and Becky Pizer
5. What other healthcare professionals do you work alongside?
“Doctors, physician assistants, registered nurses, EMT-P’s”
“Physical therapists and orthopedic doctors”
“Epidemiologists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, strength coaches, nutritionists, and biomechanics”---Tony House
“Pediatricians and neuropsychologists”---Jeff Cienik, Class of 1991
6. Do you have a family/kids
“I am married with three kids.”
“Not yet but I am planning on it. Do two dogs count!?”---Tony House
“Yes, I have a wife and two daughters.”---Jeff Cienik, Class of 1991
7. What was your first job after graduating from the SRU ATEP?
“Graduate assistant for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a sports injury research center”---Tony House
“Athletic trainer for an outreach physical therapy clinic."---Jeff Cienik, Class of 1991
“Summer internship with the New York Jets”---Brian Vaught, Class of 2002
“Athletic trainer at Butler High School”
8. What was your favorite part about your time in the SRU ATEP?
“The hands on learning experiences and the strength and integrity of the faculty to assist inside and outside of the classroom.”---Tony House
“Believe it or not, the hours spent with rehabilitation of athletes. It was always a fun time.”---Jeff Cienik, Class of 1991
“The friends that I made and networking”---Brian Vaught, Class of 2002
“The ability to practice hands on responsibilities. There is a lot of “hands on” experience.”---Jesse Townsend, Class of 1995
“The friendships that we made!”---Jodi Lohr and Becky Pizer