Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer

Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures.  

Job Title:​Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Athletics​​​​​​​​

Department:  Matthew Pope, Vice President & Director of Athletics​​​​

Reports To:  Vice President & Director of Athletics​​​​

Location:   On-site

FLSA Status: Exempt

Time Requirements:   40 hours/week (occasional evening & weekend duties – see Functional Description for specific times) ​​​

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Supervises all athletic training staff, graduate assistant athletic trainers, interns, and work-study students.​  

Summary Description: To supervise and coordinate the university’s overall sports medicine program; including but not limited to injury prevention, evaluation, and management, treatment of athletic injuries, short-term and long-term rehabilitation of athletic injuries, education and counselling of student athletes, athletics related health care administration in consultation with and under the supervision of the medical director, team physician(s) and other qualified medical personnel.

Essential Functions

• As an intentionally Christian academic community, Christian employees are hired to advance the mission of Carson-Newman as expressed in our strategic plan,Acorns to Oaks.

• Provide Sports Medicine for the University’s athletic department as directed by the Medical Director and Team Physician(s), including attendance at scheduled team practices and home and away competitions.

• Coordinate the scheduling of all student-athletes for physical examinations, and medical referrals, and determine a student-athlete’s ability to practice and/or compete in consultation with the Medical Director and Team Physician(s)

• Oversee the formation of the University’s Sports Medicine Staff, including, but not limited to the hiring, training, and supervision of all athletic trainers with regards to all duties.

• Identify professional medical service needs of the entire intercollegiate athletics department including the scheduling and coordinating of sports medicine staff for coverage of all team practices and athletic competitions.

• Recruit and maintain local physicians to serve as team physicians and medical consultants, to assist with pre-participation physical examinations, and act as the liaison to all medical consultants, specialists, and medical service providers.

• Consult with the Medical Director and Team Physician(s) for guidance on the treatment of injured student-athletes, and report on their progress.

• Report the status of injured student-athletes to their respective coaching staff and periodically meet to identify and discuss problem areas.

• Oversee the compilation, input, organization, and maintenance of all medical records on student­ athletes and share in the responsibility of maintaining and organizing the athletic training room file system.

• Maintain a detailed and accurate inventory log of all over-the-counter medications and be responsible for the proper storage of all over-the-counter medications as dictated by the appropriate rules and regulations.

• Secure and maintain all student-athletes insurance policy information.

• Review and approve medical bills and insurance claims to determine accuracy and compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules and regulations and supervise the prompt processing of all medical bills and insurance claims.

• Work in conjunction with the University’s Treasurer’s office with regard to the organization and administration of the department’s budget, including the inventory, bidding, ordering, receiving, and maintenance of all athletic training room supplies and equipment.

• Develop and maintain a Sports Medicine handbook/ policy manual for staff athletic trainers and oversee the development and annual review of appropriate policies for the athletic department and Sports Medicine.

• Establish and enforce codes of conduct and rules of use for the athletic training facilities and equipment.

• Share in the responsibility of athletic training room maintenance and upkeep.

• Maintain and ensure annual inspection/calibration of therapeutic modalities as dictated by the appropriate rules and regulations.

• Organize and serve as the on-site coordinator for the NCAA drug testing program. Direct the athletics department’s alcohol and drug education and testing program.

• Work in conjunction with the University’s financial aid office on all matters pertaining to athletic department financial aid for athletic training students.

• Cooperate with the Athletics Media Relations Director and staff with regard to the status of injured student-athletes for dissemination to media outlets.

• Oversee the organization and administration of an Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens as dictated by the State of Tennessee and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

• Establish an emergency medical plan and lightning policy for all athletic teams in conjunction with the Medical Director and Team Physician(s), area emergency medical services, and local hospitals.

• Collaborate with a) the Sports Performance staff about the strength, conditioning, and flexibility of student-athletes, nutritional issues, injury prevention, exercise technique, and rehabilitation of injured student-athletes, b) the athletic department’s marketing and development personnel on all Sports Medicine public relations and promotional matters, c) the Eagle Club Executive Director on all Sports Medicine fundraising matters, d) university dining services, Medical Director and Team Physician(s),  and various coaching staffs and other personnel regarding student-athlete nutritional issues, including but not limited to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders, weight gain and weight reduction techniques,  and training table and travel menus, e) the coaching staffs regarding the safety of the athletic equipment, testing new equipment,  to aid in the purchase of shoes and protective equipment, and to facilitate proper methods of fitting athletic equipment.

• Maintain a good working relationship with the athletic department staff, physical plant, and grounds department regarding the safety of practice and competition surfaces and general field/court conditions.

• Represent Carson-Newman University, the athletic department, and our Sports Medicine/ AT unit, at conference, and/or national meetings as required or requested.

• Maintain certification and license requirements of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) and the State of Tennessee.

• Other duties as assigned by the Vice President and Director of Athletics.

Education:  : Master’s degree in athletic training, Kinesiology, or directly related field. A license to practice in Tennessee is required, with certification by the NATA Board of Certification. 

Experience:   Five years of intercollegiate athletic training experience or equivalent is preferred.

Required Skills: All employees are required to be a professing Christian. Evidence of an active role in a local church is expected and employee can advance our Christian mission. Knowledge of intercollegiate sports programs, NCAA rules and regulations, and HIPPA regulations Exceptional knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, medical care, prevention, and treatment of athletic injuries. Ability to work harmoniously and effectively with diverse populations. Ability to perform the duties of a licensed/ certified athletic trainer. Skilled in both oral and written communication and organizational skills. Skilled in insurance claims with both primary and secondary insurances. Ability to work nights, weekends, and some holidays.

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be able to access and navigate campus facilities.

Be ambulatory around campus and in buildings. 

Required to regularly sit and stand.

Frequently use wrist, hands and/or fingers to make small repetitive movements such as typing, distributing mail, and picking up small objects.

Ability to talk frequently to convey detailed and/or important instructions or ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly.

Be able to hear average or normal conversations and receive verbal information. Required to lift packages and/or move heavy objects, 25+lbs.

General Duties: Develop overall sports medicine program for intercollegiate athletics, including injury prevention programs, injury evaluations, injury management, injury treatment and rehabilitation, educational programs, and counseling for student-athletes.

Employee Expectations: The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.

Only complete application packets will be considered. A complete application packet will include a letter of interest, three professional references, a statement of Christian faith, and current vitae. If you have any questions, please email