Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lycoming's Lucas earns NATA’s Preceptor of the Year award

Andrea Lucas with the Preceptor of the Year
award, given to her in Houston, Texas at
the 68th NATA Clinical Symposia &
Athletic Training Expo in late June.
Photo provided by Andrea Lucas.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lycoming College’s Head Athletic Trainer Andrea Lucas was honored as the inaugural Preceptor of the Year award from the National Athletic Trainers Association, as she accepted the award at the 68th NATA Clinical Symposia & Athletic Training Expo in in Houston, Texas, in late June.

The award seeks to recognize those within the profession who have served as a preceptor for an Athletic Training Program, who go above and beyond to help mentor students, and who work to improve the future of our profession by preparing the students of today to become the professionals of tomorrow.

“I am incredibly grateful to be recognized by NATA, but the truth is that without the help of Lock Haven’s athletic training program, we would not be able to run as efficient or as successful a department,” Lucas said. “While I am proud of my role in this, a lot of the credit for this award belongs to Keri Moriarity, who has been just as essential in helping teach the students during my eight years at Lycoming, and Josh Gooch, who came on board in 2016. Together, we have had the privilege to teach countless athletic trainers how to effectively care, manage and rehabilitate injuries. Seeing some of those former students go on to successful careers in athletic training is one of the best feelings we can get.”

Lucas, a native of Picture Rocks and Montoursville resident, earned the award thanks to her work specifically with the Lock Haven University athletic training department. Since coming to Lycoming in 2008, Lucas has worked to build a relationship with Lock Haven’s athletic training program, and typically mentors 2-3 aspiring athletic trainers through hands-on internships working with Lycoming’s student-athletes.

Lucas, who has a bachelor’s degree in health science from LHU and a master's degree in exercise science from Bloomsburg University, has also worked at Lock Haven, Slippery Rock and Wellsboro High School before stepping in as Lycoming’s head trainer in 2008.

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