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New York Mills native Andrea Scott named D-II head athletic trainer of the year

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Long-time Minnesota State University Moorhead head athletic trainer Andrea "Andy" Scott has been named the Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for Division II, it was announced by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Scott will receive the award on Friday, June 27 at the NATA meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

According to the NATA, each year the College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee recognizes one individual for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in each of the following collegiate divisions: NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. Award recipients are actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations and promotion of the profession. Individuals must be currently employed as a full-time head athletic trainer (or equivalent) in a collegiate setting.

"I am proud to represent Dragon Athletics and MSU Moorhead. Without Dragon Athletics I would never have been able to win this award," Scott said. "You don't get an honor like this by working alone. It's all about my co-workers, the athletic training students and the athletes who make the job great and allow you to continue to have the passion to come to work every day."

"Andy's focus on the entire student-athlete experience is what makes her one of the elite athletic trainers in the country," MSUM athletic director Doug Peters said. "The culture of care that Andy and our athletic trainers have created for student athletes in the athletic training room is also a major reason it earned a place in the 'top 125 things about MSUM that we love' list."

Scott, who has been MSUM's head athletic trainer since 1999, was nominated for the award by Dawn Hammerschmidt, who is the Chair of Health and Physical Education Department and Athletic Training Curriculum Coordinator at MSUM. The two played key roles in the development of the athletic training education program at MSUM in the late 1990s.

"The biggest thing is being nominated by someone who you've worked with for a long time," Scott said. "It means somebody is recognizing what you do."

Scott is a 1992 MSUM graduate with a degree in health education. She received her master's degree in athletic training from West Virginia University in 1993.   After spending two years at Winona State, Scott returned to MSUM as an assistant trainer under her mentor, Sam Booth, in 1995 before being promoted to head athletic trainer in 1999.

"The ultimate thank you goes to my mentor, Sam Booth for teaching me everything I know and introducing me to my passion," Scott said.

MSUM's athletic training staff is one of the longest tenured in the NSIC. Assistant athletic trainer Keith Wiedrich has been with MSUM since 1994, while assistant athletic trainer Ronda Peterson has been at MSUM since 1999. Charles Meek, a former student at MSUM, has served an assistant athletic trainer at the school since 2007.

"Andy has tremendous pride in being an advocate for the student-athletes," MSUM assistant athletic trainer Ronda Peterson said. "She is the epitome of what an athletic trainer should be and takes that responsibility personally as much as she does professionally."

"We have one of the most stable staffs in the conference. We're very lucky," Scott said. "We have great working relationships."

It is clear she is passionate about MSUM and about coming to work every day.

"I like everything I do," Scott said. "It's clear to most people I am very passionate about what I do and that I love my job. I am really living the dream."

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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