SAGU introduces new Athletic Trainer
Stuart Dunn to direct SAGU Sports Medicine
Thomas Rhodes named Assistant Trainer
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced that Stuart Dunn has taken the position of Director of Sports Medicine.
Entrusted with the care of hundreds of student-athletes on ten different teams, Dunn and a skilled squad of trainers are critical to SAGU Athletics.
Veteran Athletic Director Jesse Godding said of the addition of Dunn, “We are pleased to have been able to find an individual of Stuart’s experience and knowledge to take over as Director of Sports Medicine.”
Dunn, 47, a Licensed Athletic Trainer, was born in Freeport, Texas, fifty miles south of Houston along the Gulf Coast.
His response to the new position at SAGU was stated in one word: “Excitement!”
“This is a new era in my life,” he said last week. “After spending twenty years at the high school level, working with the college athlete is going to be a great adventure!”
“We’re here to deliver care and prevention of all sports injuries.”
He finds his vocation quite rewarding. “I love the reward of seeing an injured athlete return to the field of play. The daily interaction with the students is the best part of my day.”
“I came into this profession after following my older brother at Lamar University (Beaumont, Tx) where he was a student athletic trainer.”
According to Dunn, one difference that athletes should anticipate relates to the daily hours of the SAGU Training Room, which is located in the northeast corner of the Sheaffer Center.
“The primary goal for the year is to offer more access to the training room,” he explained. “The last few years the athletes had limited access during the morning hours of the day.”
“With more time available for treatments, the quality of care should be improved,” he stated.
Several members of the student trainer team returns, aiding in continuity.
Athletes will welcome two other familiar faces; Thomas Rhodes, who will serve as Dunn’s Assistant Trainer, and Dr. Luis Palacios. He helps direct Dallas’ Lakewood Family and Sports Medicine.
“We have a staff of eight student athletic trainers,” Dunn pointed out. “We hope to build this staff into a great support team for the Sports Medicine Department and the athletic teams.”
The upbeat Dunn spent 19 years on the Texas prep level prior to SAGU. He served at Red Oak High School, Fort Bend Kempner HS, Livingston HS as well as DeSoto HS.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Lamar Univ.
Jaroy Carpenter, who had been the Head Trainer at SAGU the previous nine years, felt Dunn would be a great fit in the Lions athletic community. Carpenter is the new Director at the Lakeview Camp and Conference Center in nearby Maypearl, Tx.