by Benny Benton
WILSON, N.C. – Ginna Lewis has joined the Barton College staff as its head athletic trainer, school officials announced Thursday.
Lewis steps into this role after working as assistant athletic trainer at Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., for the past five years. Prior to that position, the Waynesboro, Va., native served as an athletic training graduate assistant for two years at the University of Florida while earning her master’s degree.
“I am excited that Ginna Lewis has joined our team as the head athletic trainer,” said Todd Wilkinson, Barton’s director of athletics. “Ginna came highly recommended from her colleagues at Methodist University and had a great interview with the coaches while visiting Barton. Her enthusiasm for her job and high-energy personality will make her a great leader of the ATC team. I have no doubt that her ATC team will provide outstanding care for the Barton student-athletes."
“I am really excited to be here,” Lewis said. “I hope to keep up with the changing times at Barton while maintaining a positive environment and relationships with athletic trainers, staff and student-athletes. My top expectations are to provide best quality care for our student-athletes, and to facilitate a positive working and team environment, both within the athletic training staff and the athletics staff at large, that will hopefully carry over to the campus and community as well.”
Lewis earned her undergraduate degree in athletic training at James Madison University before attending the University of Florida, where she added a master’s degree in applied physiology and kinesiology with a concentration in athletic training.
While at Florida, she served as athletic trainer to a number of club and intramural teams in the Department of Recreational Sports, including men’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s rugby, men’s and women’s lacrosse and wrestling.
She joined the staff at Methodist in 2012, where she served as the Monarchs’ athletic trainer for men’s lacrosse and the largest football roster in NCAA Division III.
In her new role as head athletic trainer at Barton, Lewis will direct the healthcare support for nearly 300 Barton student-athletes. She will also be responsible for hiring and leading an athletic training staff, as well as oversight of athletic training facilities and insurance coordination.
“Being here was the result of a perfect storm of opportunity,” she said. “I’m excited to take the next step as a head athletic trainer, moving upwards in both title and responsibility. I consider myself a go-getter, someone who doesn’t step down from a challenge. The ability to come in and rebuild a program from scratch, to bring in good people and start building relationships is an opportunity you don’t get very often. I very excited to be a part of that.”
In addition to be licensed and certified as an athletic trainer, Lewis has also been certified as a strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as a basic life support instructor by the American Heart Association.