W&L Promotes Josh Williamson to Director of Athletic Training Services & Sports Performance

Josh Williamson

LEXINGTON, Va. – Washington and Lee Michael F. Walsh Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced that Head Athletic Trainer Josh Williamson has been promoted to the title of Director of Athletic Training Services & Sports Performance effective immediately.

In his new role, Williamson will continue to lead the university's athletic training program, while also providing oversight for the strength and conditioning program.

"This change is an effort to better align with the recommendations from the NCAA and the National Athletic Training Association (NATA) in order to enhance collaboration between athletic training and strength and conditioning programs," said Williamson.  "This should serve to advance both athletic performance and injury prevention strategies for our student-athletes.

Williamson has served as W&L's Head Athletic Trainer since 2006.  He arrived on campus in the fall of 2004 as assistant athletic trainer and was later promoted to associate athletic trainer in 2005.

Under his direction, the University has expanded its athletic training program to a staff of five full time athletic trainers, while also upgrading the athletic training facilities.

"The health and safety of our students are two of our top priorities at W&L, as well as in the Athletics department, which makes this move a significant one," noted Hathorn.  "Josh is one of the best in the business, and I am confident that the excellent work of the athletic training staff and the strength and conditioning staff will not only be enhanced, but be even more effective as a result of this collaboration. We are grateful to the University for allowing this move and for recognizing the important and immediate impact this partnership will produce under Josh's leadership."

Prior to W&L, Williamson served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at DePauw University.  A native of Robinson, Ill., Williamson received a bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Indiana State University in 2003, a master of science in athletic training from Indiana State University in 2004 and a doctor of athletic training from the University of Idaho in 2017.

He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association, the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association, and he serves as the director of the VATA Leadership Academy.  He is certified by the NATA-BOC and the American Sports Education Program, and is certified by the American Red Cross in CPR, AED and first aid for the professional rescuer.

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