June 17, 2014

Crockett adds pair to athletic training staff

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University head athletic trainer Shelia Crockett announced the hire of two new athletic training assistants on Tuesday. Bill Rutledge, ATC comes to King after a stint at UVa-Wise, and Rebekkah Gaston, ATC, MS, ROT, OBT joins the Tornado after spending the last two years at Savannah State University.

Rutledge spent the last year at UVa-Wise where he covered football and baseball for the Highland Cavaliers. While at UVa-Wise, he also taught a Kinesiology course in the athletic training program. Prior to last year, Rutledge spent two years as an assistant athletic trainer at nearby East Tennessee State University. In that time, his main responsibility was covering men’s soccer while taking classes towards his master’s. In 2013, Rutledge graduated from ETSU with a Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Sport Studies.

“It is nice to have someone local with his experience and is familiar with King University,” said Crockett. "He will be able to jump right in and go with it. Bill will be a great addition to our athletic training team.”

He started his career as a student at Radford University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2011. While a student at Radford, Rutledge helped cover men’s soccer, softball, women’s field hockey and baseball.

Gaston joins the King staff after a two-year stint as an assistant athletic trainer at Savannah State where she covered softball for two years and women’s volleyball and women’s basketball for one year each. Prior to Savannah State, Gaston earned her Master of Science in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University in 2012. In one year at East Stroudsburg, she covered men’s soccer, women’s soccer and baseball. In 2011, Gaston graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.

“Rebekkah brings a lot of knowledge and orthopedic certifications that she can use in the athletic training room,” Crockett commented. “We are excited to have her as part of our athletic training team.”