WICHITA — Jennifer Raybern of Ottawa University has been named KCAC Athletic Trainer of the Year. Raybern will be formally recognized at the Sport Management Conference on Aug. 8 at the York College.
Raybern is in her 19th year as head athletic trainer at Ottawa. She graduated from the University of Kansas in 1996 with a bachelor of science in exercise science with athletic training emphasis. She worked for two years as a student trainer at KU working primarily with the Jayhawk softball, football, women's tennis and swimming and diving teams. While getting her Masters of Science in Kinesiology and Sports Psychology at the University of Kansas, Jennifer served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Baker University.
Arabie Conner, Athletic Director at Ottawa University said, "Jen's commitment to Ottawa University and the level of care she provides our student-athletes is second to none. As our athletic programs have grown from 14 to 25 during her time at OU, she has strategically managed to continue to provide a high level of care to all of our athletic programs including training and mentoring new staff and researching new sports in preparation. She is a lifelong learner, never settling on past knowledge or ways of doing things. Jen is passionate about what she does with unwavering dedication and ensures that our athletes are receiving the very latest in care methods and techniques as she stays professionally engaged in seeking out the newest practices. Additionally, Jen is highly regarded and respected by her peers and the many professionals she interacts with daily including coaches, administrators and those in the medical field. At OU, we know our athletes are being taken care of by a top-notch sports medicine team reflective of Jen's vast knowledge and commitment to the field."
Raybern coordinates the sports medicine staff and supervises student athletic trainers in caring for the sports medicine needs of Braves' athletics. She works closely with the men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's wrestling and softball teams. She is a member of the faculty in the school of education.
"Jen has taken over as the KCAC Athletic Training president and brought different insights than the leadership that was in place before. she is the voice of reason among the KCAC athletic trainers," University of Saint Mary head athletic trainer Raeann Bromert said. "Other athletic trainers in the conference look to her for guidance and reflections. Jen has committed herself to being the best she can within the profession and within her institution."