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Full contingent of AT seniors gains national certification

Quakers go 12-for-12 on national exam

May 6, 2011

Graduating seniors in the Athletic Training Program are pictured left to right: FRONT ROW —  Kaitlin Heistan, Andrea Anderson, Caitlin Yauch, Jen Fischer and Erin Cane; BACK ROW — Tyler Ortlieb, Mitch Howard, Charles Gaskins, Robby Boyd, Kenny Marsh, Jun Matsuno, Alex Geier and Cody Pontius.

Graduating seniors in the Athletic Training Program are pictured left to right: FRONT ROW — Kaitlin Heistan, Andrea Anderson, Caitlin Yauch, Jen Fischer and Erin Cane; BACK ROW — Tyler Ortlieb, Mitch Howard, Charles Gaskins, Robby Boyd, Kenny Marsh, Jun Matsuno, Alex Geier and Cody Pontius.

Talk about frosting on the cake! In a year in which Wilmington College’s Athletic Training Quiz Bowl team won both the Ohio and six-state district championships, the program’s seniors have accomplished a feat never before matched at WC.

One hundred percent of the seniors who took the national certification examination in athletic training this spring passed it on their first try. Indeed, 12 graduating seniors now can proudly place the initials ATC following their names.

Larry Howard, program director, was thrilled with the news.

“Last year we had 90 percent of our seniors pass on their first try — and that was outstanding,” he said. “I was shocked we were able to beat last year. This is phenomenal.”

He said the national rate for passage was 60 percent in 2010 and 45 percent in 2009. Wilmington’s percentage was 75 percent in 2008 and 83 percent in 2009, and those that didn’t pass on the first try typically succeeded on their second.

“We’ve steadily increased our passing percentage in recent years,” he added.

Succeeding on the exam were: Kaitlin Heistan, Andrea Anderson, Caitlin Yauch, Jen Fischer, Erin Cane, Tyler Ortlieb, Mitch Howard, Charles Gaskins, Robby Boyd, Kenny Marsh, Jun Matsuno and Cody Pontius. A 13th graduating senior, Alex Geier, hasn’t taken the test yet.

The College’s Athletic Training Quiz Bowl team won the six-state Great Lakes District competition in March in Minneapolis and will compete for the national championship in June in New Orleans. In January, it won its third consecutive Ohio title.

The team also won the district in 2009.

Also, the AT program boasts another winning streak: a Wilmington College student has won the Ohio Athletic Training Association’s “Exceptional Research” award each year since 2005. The 2011 competition May 7 will determine whether the College gains that honor a seventh consecutive year.

“This has been a good year,” Howard understated.

All this success the program is enjoying is reflected in the large number of students interested in studying athletic training at WC as the College boasts one of the largest programs in the state.

Howard anticipates a record freshman class of AT majors in the fall that will exceed the previous high of 63 new students enrolled. Also, the program is on track to host the largest number of AT majors ever, as Howard said they are “poised” to surpass the previous high of 103 majors in all classes.