Auburn University at Montgomery Director of Athletics Steve Crotz has announced the hiring of Kyle Sampsell as the head athletic trainer for the University's 10 varsity sports.
Sampsell joins the AUM staff from the University of West Alabama, where he served as an assistant athletic trainer since 2008.
"Kyle brings an impressive background in sports medicine as our new athletic trainer," Crotz said. "He has established a great rapport with our coaching staff in a very short time. I have been impressed with his emphasis on bolstering the relationship with our physicians and his concern for the welfare of our student-athletes. I am confident that Kyle will be an asset in the pursuit of excellence for our department."
During his tenure at UWA, Sampsell oversaw the coverage of the men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the men's and women's tennis squads. In addition to his position on the training staff, he was also an instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program for clinical classes and medical aspects of sports. He also spent two years as a graduate assistant trainer for the Tigers' basketball and tennis teams.
Prior to his time at West Alabama, Sampsell served as an athletic trainer at the prep level, working with the Greene County High School football team and with Champion Sports Medicine.
Sampsell earned his undergraduate degree from Troy University in Athletic Training in 2006. While at Troy, he worked with the football, volleyball, women's basketball, baseball, softball and rodeo programs, and was an active member of Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training Honor Society. He later earned his master's in Teaching at the University of West Alabama in 2008.
Sampsell is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Southeastern Athletic Trainers Association. He is also an American Red Cross instruction for CPR, first aid and automated external defibrillator (AED).
"I am excited to join the AUM staff and looking forward to working with the coaches, faculty, student-athletes and the community that supports the University," Sampsell said.