Concord University’s Athletic Training Program Honored During State Sports Medicine Conference

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 06 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





 ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University’s Athletic Training Program brought home several honors from the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA) Annual Sports Medicine Conference held March 6-7, 2015 in Flatwoods, W.Va.

Concord’s team won the Annual Student Quiz Bowl competition, defeating all other accredited athletic training programs in West Virginia.

“This is the first time in school history that our program has won this competition,” Laura Wamsley, clinical education coordinator with CU’s Athletic Training Program, said. “It involved two rounds of quiz bowl style questions and one final ‘Jeopardy’ style question.”

Team members include Kara Broughman, a senior from Covington, Va.; Samantha Spertzel, a senior from New Cumberland, Pa.; and Joe Sweet, a junior from Lowell, Mich. They will represent West Virginia in May at the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) district quiz bowl competition.

Kara Broughman received the West Virginia Athletic Training Student of the Year award at the conference. She was selected for this award by the state membership due to her outstanding devotion to academics, service and the profession of Athletic Training.

A total of 10 students and two faculty members represented Concord University at this conference. Additional student representatives include: Shila Allman, Leslie Mack, Brandon Barrett, Olivia Reilly, Lacie Giesel, Berkley Lowe and Adam Gellios.

Faculty attendees are Laura Wamsley, Athletic Training Program Clinical Education Coordinator, and John Roberts, Athletic Training Program Director.


Two photos are attached below.

Concord student Kara Broughman, right, receives the West Virginia Athletic Training

 Student of the Year award from Vince Stilger, WVATA President.



Members of Concord’s championship Quiz Bowl Team are, from left,

Joe Sweet, Kara Broughman, and Samantha Spertzel.



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