Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University Athletics has announced the appointments of Brady Hopkins and Keeley Glonek as assistant athletic trainers for the Bulldogs. The announcement was made by new Head Athletic Trainer Brett Knight.
Hopkins has most recently served the past five years on Knight's staff at Alma College as the Associate Athletic Trainer while Glonek arrives at FSU following a two-year stint as an assistant athletic trainer at NCAA Division II Post University (Conn.).
"I am excited to add two experienced athletic trainers to our staff at Ferris State University as we strive to provide the best healthcare to our student-athletes," Knight said.
Since 2013, Hopkins has served at Alma where he's played an active role in all facets of the athletic training operation. His primary sport responsibilities included football, wrestling, baseball, cheerleading along with men's and women's golf. During his tenure with the Scots, he took an active role in inventory, documentation of injuries, organizing weekly injury clinics and coordinating schedules while providing effective clinical experiences to athletic training students among his other duties.
Prior to his position at Alma, Hopkins served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at NCAA Division I Eastern Illinois University where he worked with women's rugby, swimming, football and baseball. His past experiences also includes serving as a member of the Alma College Campus Safety Committee along with providing on-site medical coverage and first aid at several major events such as the Illinois State Freestyle Wrestling Championships, the National Junior College Indoor Track and Field Championships, the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Tournament and the Iowa High School State Dual Wrestling Championships.
Hopkins is a member of the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society and the National Athletic Trainers' Association. He also holds certifications as a performance enhancement specialist and a corrective exercise specialist along with being certified by the American Red cross. His primary sport responsibilities at FSU are expected to include women's soccer, men's ice hockey along with track and field.
"Brady brings great clinical and administrative experience in providing high quality healthcare to student-athletes," said Knight.
Meanwhile, Glonek brings a variety of experience to her position at Ferris State. During her two years at Post University, she has served as an athletic trainer for the volleyball, women's basketball, tennis and track programs where she has helped ensure the health and safety of student-athletes. Along with her tenure at Post, she has also worked with the Varsity Spirit Corporation as a camp administrator providing on-site care and evaluation of injuries.
Before moving to Post University, Glonek worked as an athletic trainer for Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists from 2014-16 where she served as a full-time athletic trainer for two different high schools. She was also an athletic trainer for Sylvania City Junior High Schools in Ohio from 2012-15.
Glonek completed her undergraduate work at Bowling Green State University, earning a bachelor's degree in education before going on to receive her master's degree from Post. She worked on the athletic training staff at BGSU as a student, helping with the softball, hockey, basketball, football, track and cross country programs. In addition, she completed an internship at the University of Toledo Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation Center and was a trainer and first responder for several other events including the Special Olympics, University of Michigan Summer Camps, the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament and for the Toledo Reign Women's Professional Football team.
A certified athletic trainer who is also licensed in CPR/AED and first aid, Glonek is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association along with the National Society of Leadership and Success. She's also held membership in the Great Lakes Athletic Trainer's Association in addition to state associations in Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut in her career. Glonek will work primarily with the Bulldogs' volleyball along with men's and women's basketball and softball teams.
"Keeley brings a variety of experience working with secondary schools and collegiate athletics," Knight said. "I'm confident the addition of both Brady and Keeley to our staff will help result in outstanding care for the student-athletes at Ferris State."
Hopkins will begin his duties at FSU on July 18 with Glonek officially starting on August 1 prior to the start of fall camps for the 2018-19 campaign.