August 24, 2009

St. Mary's Welcomes New Athletic Trainer

St. Mary's City, Md. - St. Mary's College of Maryland head athletic trainer and compliance coordinator, Jim Cranmer, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Pope as the latest addition to the Department of Sports Medicine.  Pope will serve as an assistant athletic trainer, increasing the staff to three certified trainers.  She brings a background in human nutrition and foods to the Seahawk training room. 

Cranmer stated, "We are excited about the addition of Jessica to our staff.  Not only is she bright and energetic, she also brings a wide variety of experience both as an undergraduate and graduate student athletic trainer.  While her background in nutrition presents a new avenue for us to explore, the addition of Jessica allows for more options in caring for our student-athletes both at home and on the road."

"With cross country having been added this year, the addition of the third athletic trainer position demonstrates SMCM's commitment to our student-athletes both in their health and safety and in the quality of the experience they have while on campus," added Cranmer.

Pope, a native of Woodbridge, Virginia, comes to St. Mary's after gaining experience as an athletic training student in the CAATE accredited graduate athletic training education program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  While there, she worked with the volleyball team, the men's and women's basketball teams as well as the men's and women's tennis teams.  Pope also served as the graduate assistant for the Dietetics Program Director at UTC, aiding the director with data management and research projects.

"I am excited to be joining the St. Mary's staff and be a part of a growing sports medicine team.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to help provide an increased level of sports medicine care to the Seahawk student-athletes," Pope said.

Pope earned her bachelor of science degree in business management in 2006 followed by a second bachelor's in human nutrition, foods and exercise science in 2007 from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She then completed her Master of Science degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in athletic training in 2009.