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Mavs Add to Athletic Training Staff

Sept. 30, 2017

ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA has added four full-time staff members to its athletic training staff, including Wafaa Chatila, Alex Dreher, Bao Duong and Breanna Hamilton, it was announced by Roy Rudewick, UTA's Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine.

With the hire of four highly experienced professionals, UTA has a full-time athletic training staff that includes seven full-time trainers for UTA's 15 sports intercollegiate athletics program. Rudewick works directly with UTA's men's basketball program and directs the department.

"I am very thankful for the opportunity we have been provided by the administration to enhance the quality of care for our student-athletes," Rudewick said. "By committing to a complete full-time staff, our continuity of care will improve. I am excited about the athletic trainers we have hired. Each of them brings a special set of skills that enables us to take the healthcare services for our athletes to a higher level."

Chatila joined the UTA staff in August and will work directly with UTA's track and field and cross country programs. Chatila joined the Mavs after spending the previous year as an athletic trainer at Texas Sports Rehab. She earned her bachelor's of science degree from TCU in 2014 and her master's from Houston in 2016. While at Houston, Chatila was a graduate assistant athletic trainer and worked directly with women's soccer and women's tennis.

"I'm extremely honored to be taking this position at UTA," Chatila said. "Under the direction of President Karbhari and AD Jim Baker, there is a great sense of excitement about UTA athletics and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I am eager to collaborate with coach John Sauerhage and the rest of the track and field staff and do my part in carrying on the successful track and field program's tradition."

Dreher joined the Mavericks in August of 2016 as an intern athletic trainer after serving as a graduate assistant trainer at Adams State University (Colo.). She is working directly with the UTA softball program. Dreher earned her undergraduate degree from Texas State in 2014, where she worked as a student athletic trainer. As a graduate assistant, Dreher earned her master's degree from Adams State in 2016, where she worked directly with football, baseball and softball.

"I am looking forward to a successful and exciting year with the UTA athletic training staff and softball program," Dreher said. "I am excited to work with a tremendous staff and am eager to positively impact our student-athletes and coaches. Nothing is more important than putting the health and well-being of our student-athletes first, providing them with the best health care possible and helping them have the best student-athlete experience during their time at UTA."

Duong, who has worked with the baseball program for the last three years as a graduate assistant and undergraduate intern, has been elevated to a full-time role with baseball. Duong graduated from UTA with an undergraduate degree in 2014 and a master's degree in 2016.

"It is a great honor to have the opportunity to positively impact our student-athletes at UTA," Duong said. "It has been a privilege to work with the baseball program over the last three years and I am excited to continue to work directly with a great coaching staff and a tremendous group of colleagues and peers."

Hamilton is in her first season as the assistant athletic trainer with UTA athletics. She is the primary athletic trainer for the women's basketball team and will administer the department's drug testing program.

She joined the UTA staff after working as the assistant athletic trainer for the last two years at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, where she worked directly with the volleyball and softball teams. Hamilton earned her master's degree as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Hardin Simmons from 2014-16, working directly with volleyball and the track and field programs.

"I’m really excited to join the athletic training staff here at UTA," Hamilton said. “It is great to get back into Division I athletics and have an opportunity to work with a great group of student-athletes, coaches and administrators."

In addition to the new full-time roles in the department, UTA's athletic training staff is boosted by Gina Giammanco, who is in her 13th year with the Mavs and is the associate head athletic trainer with direct responsibilities with the volleyball team, as well as, medical billing.  Meredith Decker, a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania in 2011, is in her fourth year with the Mavericks as an assistant athletic trainer working with men’s and women’s tennis.

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