Athletic Training has new director
July 18, 2006

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Bryan’s new director of the Athletic Training Education Program helped the program obtain its first national accreditation and brings a desire to build on an already strong program. 

Christy Rodenbeck, who served as an instructor and associate athletic trainer, moves into an administrative and teaching role. Ms. Rodenbeck earned her Master’s degree from University of Tennessee and has been at Bryan for four years. 

"Athletic training is a wonderful major for students who have a love of sports, an appreciation for the human body and enjoy solving problems," she said. "Athletic training has exciting possibilities for service and ministry to high school, college and professional athletes, as well as to others in the allied health fields."

Bryan is one of the few independent colleges in Tennessee that offers an athletic training major, "and we are seeing strong interest in our program," she said. "Our graduates who have sat for the certification exam have passed and are either working as an athletic trainer or are in school furthering their education. I want to help Bryan’s athletic training program build on this record and continue to prepare students to make a difference in this field."

In addition to Ms. Rodenbeck taking on a new role, several new athletic trainers have been hired to fill vacancies created when others left to pursue additional training, missions or educational opportunities. 

  • Jeremy Kauffman is the new head athletic trainer. He comes to Bryan from McDaniel College.
  • Matthea Hungerford is a new instructor in exercise and health science, clinical coordinator and associate athletic trainer. She comes to Bryan from Indiana State University. 
  • Matt Schock also is a new instructor in the program and will continue as assistant men’s basketball coach.
  • Michelle Brenner, who graduated from Bryan’s athletic training program in May, is the new assistant athletic trainer.

"I'm excited about the staff we have assembled and about the opportunities our students have at Bryan," Ms. Rodenbeck said. "I invite anyone interested in athletic training to contact us at and we’ll be happy to talk with them about the program."