ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM
Benedictine College is one of the few small-college level schools to have a fully accredited athletic training program. While the students have the opportunity to study athletic training in the classroom they are also given the chance to work with Patrick Hodapp, head athletic trainer, and his assistant athletic trainers, Jarod Crowley, Megan Callahan and Agnes Meatte.
The main training room is located in the basement of the Mother Teresa Nursing Center (Mother Teresa Training Room Photo Gallery). Athletic training services are provided to student athletes only; club sports are not included. The certified trainers are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during week days and often are at athletic events on the weekends.
Athletic training is closed during student vacations and summer months.
TONY GAROFALO AWARD
The Tony Garofalo Award was established to give an outstanding senior a reward for his/her work. The Award is given at the end of the Spring semester of the student trainers senior year and pays for the students' first sitting of the NATA exam.
Patrick Hodapp, MS Ed, ATC, LAT
Patrick Hodapp came to Benedictine as the assistant athletic trainer but quickly became the head athletic trainer. Before coming to Benedictine College he completed his under graduate and graduate degrees at the University of Kansas, where he served as a Student Athletic Trainer and Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer.
He has previously worked for the Kansas Center for Athletic Medicine where he assisted team physicians and local high schools. Patrick served as the athletic training intern for the Kansas City Wizards during the 2000 Champion season and returned as the part time Certified Athletic trainer in the 2001 and 2003 seasons.
As the Head Athletic Trainer, Patrick is responsible for the over all well-being of the student athletes. Focusing on prevention, care, treatment and rehabilitation of the more then 450 student athletes at Benedictine college. Patrick also assists the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) as a clinical instructor and academic instructor.
Jarod Crowley MS Ed, ATC, CSCS, LAT
Jarod Crowley has served as an assistant trainer at Benedictine since 2003. Prior to beginning his career at BC, Jarod earned a double major in Athletic training and Physical Education at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. While a senior at Graceland, he also obtained the credential of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
After college, Jarod interned at Neosho County Community College in Chanute. While there, he obtained his Athletic Training Certification in the fall of 2001 and was hired on as a full time staff Athletic trainer.
In the fall of 2002, Jarod returned to Graduate School at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville Missouri where he obtained his Master's of Education with an emphasis in Athletic Administration.
As the Assistant Athletic Trainer, Jarod's main duties include the care, prevention, and rehabilitation of the student-athlete population here at Benedictine College. Jarod also assists in the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) as a clinical and academic instructor.
Emily Garcia, MAS, LAT, ATC
Emily Garcia comes to Benedictine College after her time as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Missouri Western State University. While there, she completed her Masters of Applied Science in Sport & Fitness Management in May of 2016 while working with women’s volleyball and men’s basketball. Emily completed her undergraduate work at Emporia State University where she earned degrees in Athletic Training in 2011 and Health Promotion in 2012.
She previously worked as an Intern Athletic Trainer at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette during the 2013-2014 season, where she was responsible for all cross country, and indoor/outdoor track & field athletes.
Garcia will be working with men and women’s basketball.
Kaci Ludwig, MAS, LAT, ATC
Kaci Ludwig is originally from Atchison and graduated from Emporia State University in 2013 with her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training.
She previously worked as an Athletic Trainer Intern at Louisiana-Lafayette for a year in 2013-2014 working with Women’s Soccer before returning back to the Midwest.
Attended Missouri Western State University from 2014-2016 where she received her Master’s degree in Sport & Fitness Management and worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in charge of women’s soccer and softball teams’ care.
Kaci will serve as the Athletic Trainer for Men’s & Women’s Soccer and Softball.
Anne Harrison, ATC, LAT
Anne Harrison started working at Benedictine College in 2016. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training with a minor in Physical Education from Benedictine College in 2014.
After graduation, Anne spread her wings and moved to Texas for a year, where she worked as a contract athletic trainer while attending Texas State University. In the fall of 2015, she returned to her alma mater and accepted a Graduate Assistant position with the Athletic Training Department. Her assistantship included working with the Benedictine College Football and Track and Field teams.
As the Athletic Trainer for the Volleyball and Men’s/Women’s Lacrosse teams, Anne provides care, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the student-athlete population at Benedictine College.