The Athletic Training Advisory Board (ATAB) at Marietta College consists of an external group of professionals with an array of knowledge, skills, and experience and internal stakeholders from the college with the purpose to guide the Director of Athletic Training Program and faculty in creating and maintaining pertinent curricular and clinical experiences. The aim of the ATAB is to develop and promote the best practices for student learning to ensure competent future athletic trainers dedicated to excellence in the profession.
Roles and Expectations:
- To provide advice and feedback on the AT program, clinical experience opportunities, and the future direction of the program
- To promote and advocate the Athletic Training Program
- Increase the visibility of the Athletic Training Program inside and outside the campus community
- Use personal and professional networks and contacts to publicize the program
- Identify and suggest opportunities for students to enrich their education through immersive experience opportunities, internships, and other practical work experiences
- To mentor Athletic Training students as they prepare for their future in Athletic Training
- To identify professionals to be invited to campus for enrichment opportunities and events
The Athletic Training Advisory Board will consist of:
- Internal Stakeholders including the President, the Provost, Athletic Training Faculty, and other faculty members
- 6-10 members who have expertise in Athletic Training or related fields outside of the Marietta College campus community
- Outside members may consist of Athletic Training program alumni and local athletic training or medical professionals
- Members of the ATAB will be appointed to serve a three-year term, with the possibility of serving a second three-year term
- Advisory Board members can serve up to two consecutive terms after which an Advisory Board member must be off the board for at least one year before consideration as a future member
- New members will be appointed as terms expire. Nominations will be accepted
The ATAB will meet once or twice annually.
Special meetings may be called in which Advisory Board members may meet in person or in a video conference.
Athletic Training Advisory Board Members
Jason Gromelski, owner of Nola Physical Therapy, is an NYS and CT licensed Physical Therapist, NATA Certified Athletic Trainer, and an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has over 19 years of clinical experience working with professional and collegiate athletes, celebrities, professional dancers and high-level dignitaries. Jason was the physical therapist for Cirque Du Soleil's New York City "Wintuk" production and continues to be a rehabilitation consultant for New York City-based Cirque Du Soleil’s.
Jason received his undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine/Athletic Training from Marietta College and his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Old Dominion University. During his post-graduate training, Jason provided sports medicine and rehabilitation for the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, Multiple NFL, NBA and MLB athletes and NASA's Johnson Space Center. His experience also included assistant Athletic Trainer at Virginia Wesleyan College covering all sports.
Jason was a contributor to “Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment”. Additional publications include “Vitamin D status and spine surgery outcomes”. In addition to teaching several continuing education classes in dance medicine, sports medicine and baseball rehabilitation. Jason has attended countless continuing education courses contributing to his specialization in orthopedic, sports and spine physical therapy. Jason's treatments focus on the integration of manual techniques, biomechanical analysis and therapeutic exercise in orthopedic rehabilitation.
Olivia Jackson '11
Olivia Jackson is a 2011 graduate of Marietta College, where she earned a BS in Athletic Training, a Spanish minor, and a certificate in Leadership Studies. After graduation she spent one year as an athletic trainer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before completing her MS in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the softball and competitive co-ed spirit teams. Jackson most recently served as an assistant professor and assistant athletic trainer at Anderson University in Indiana. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her favorite memories as an AT student at MC are working a wrestling tournament as a freshman and working football as a senior with an all-female AT staff. She values the MC AT program for the education and mentorship the faculty have provided, both in her time as a student and beyond.
Ann Marie Lowers '89, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC
Ann Marie Lowers is originally from Akron, Ohio where she found her passion for sports medicine as a cross country athlete. She attended Marietta College from 1985 to 1989 and graduated with a BS in Sports Medicine. She certified as an AT in 1989 and attended the University of Indianapolis where she received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 1991. When licensure became available for athletic trainers in Ohio, she was one of the first 30 ATs in the state to receive a license. (I love my low license number!) In 2008, she obtained her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from AT Still University, Tucson, AZ.
She started her professional career working in Akron for the PT Center for Sports Medicine and Family Physical Therapy from 1992 – 1996. She then moved to Marietta where she worked at Sports Med from 1996 – 1998 and at Marietta College as an instructor for the Sports Medicine Department. She taught Therapeutic Rehabilitation and Research and Design 1 & 2 until approximately 2002. She has worked for Memorial Health System in Marietta, OH since 1999 and currently serves as the Senior Director for Therapy Services. She continues to guest lecture at Marietta College.
Marietta College has been such an integral part of my professional development. My favorite memory is transporting the anatomy cadaver back to Wright State University at the end of my senior year. The trip was full of funny moments such as trying to get the cadaver in the Bartlett Hall elevator. It would not fit horizontally.
Gary Schofield, Jr.'93 ATC/L, CSCS *D, RSCC*D
Gary Schofield, Jr. ATC/L, CSCS *D, RSCC*D currently serves as the Director of Southeast Sales for PLAE, a global performance brand. For the last 20 years he has served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Greater Atlanta Christian School and is the Co-Founder of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA). Schofield is entering his 26th year as a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®) Schofield’s unique background of athletic training and strength and conditioning has allowed him to coach and assist in the development of athletes with teams and organizations in the National Basketball Association, Arena Football League, East Coast Hockey League, United States Basketball League, World Championship Wrestling, North American Soccer League, Georgia State Olympic Development Program, USA Track and Field Indoor Championships, and many other professional and amateur organizations. Schofield received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine, with a special emphasis in Athletic Training, from Marietta College in Ohio. He continued his education with the graduate program in athletic training at Georgia State University and the Master of Arts in Teaching program through the University of North Georgia. Schofield served as the Georgia State Director and Southeast Regional Coordinator for the NSCA and was named as the National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2012. His program at Greater Atlanta Christian School was awarded the Strength of America Award, recognizing schools that exhibit the highest standards in the safety and success of young athletes for six consecutive years (2011- 2016).
In the summer of 2016, alongside Coaches Kevin Vanderbush and Fred Eaves, Coach Schofield founded the National High School Strength Coaches Association. It’s mission serves to Educate, Equip, and Empower high school coaches to make a positive impact in the lives of student-athletes. Coach Schofield is a sought after speaker and has presented at several state, regional, national and international clinics and conferences. He is a proud father of his son Brett and daughter Savannah and honored to be married to his wife Amanda for the past 17 years.
A native of Doylestown, Ohio, I graduated from Marietta College in 2007, with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. I furthered my education receiving a Master of Science in Education of Health Promotion with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. I had the opportunity at Virginia Tech to be a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer working with the Women’s Tennis, Women’s Soccer, Softball, and Football teams. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2009, I worked for the University of Findlay, in Findlay, OH working as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Men’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, and Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams. While working at Findlay I was an adjunct instructor in the entry-level Master of Athletic Training Program. In 2011, I moved to Virginia and accepted a position as the Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Athletic Trainer at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Since 2011, I have mentored many students into multiple different graduate assistantships in athletic training, as well as, students entering various graduate programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and medical school. I have worked with the Women’s Field Hockey team, Men’s Basketball team, and the Men’s Lacrosse team since starting at Roanoke. I have had the privilege to work numerous NCAA national championships and conference championships at different levels and various sports hosted by the city of Salem, and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. I reside in Salem, VA with my wife Jenny ’08, and three daughters; Lyla, Lacy, and Lexi.