Athletic Training Graduates Further Education as Team Assistants

by Bethany Brock, Public Relations Writer

Two recent graduates of the Cedarville University athletic training program are currently engaged in professional clinical positions as graduate assistant athletic trainers. 

The athletic training major in Cedarville’s department of kinesiology and allied health prepares students to enter the professional clinical field as certified athletic trainers and health care professionals. 

According to Sam Wichael, a 2011 graduate, “The best part of the program is that students graduate as certified athletic trainers. I felt confident to practice as a clinical professional.”

Wichael is currently pursuing a master’s degree while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with Delta State University’s baseball team in Mississippi.  

Last year, Wichael accompanied the team to the NCAA Division II Baseball Championships in North Carolina. The team finished second in Division II baseball.  

Brian Cheney, a 2012 athletic training graduate, is a graduate training assistant at the University of West Alabama and is pursuing a master’s degree in education. In addition to providing athletic training services to local high school sports teams, Cheney provides free services to members of the community who come to the University of West Alabama’s training facility. Cheney enjoys the unique relationship the university has with the community.

“It helps the community to have a facility like ours that they can count on to take care of their problems through rehabilitation or referrals. It’s a great service to provide,” Cheney said. “This service is a great way of building the reputation of athletic trainers as medical professionals.”

Both Wichael and Cheney enjoy helping people and find it rewarding. Wichael said he builds relationships with the athletes that go beyond athletic training. 

Cheney felt the athletic training faculty at Cedarville helped him grow in maturity in addition to supporting his education. As a student at Cedarville, Cheney had a variety of internships that gave him the experience he needed for his present position. 

“The faculty and staff desired to see us succeed and would help in any fashion they could whether that meant meeting with us outside of class or by pushing us to get experience and internships,” said Wichael. “They gave us a firm foundation to work in our field. They taught us well.”  

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at