BRISTOL, Tenn. – Earlier this week, King University announced the hire of two new athletic trainers, Jeremy Funk and Mikki Oliver, both past Tornado student-athletes. The hire now gives King five athletic trainers and the duo started earlier this month.
"King Athletic Training is thrilled to have two of their own graduates return and have the opportunity to make an impact at their alma mater," Head Athletic Trainer Shelia Crockett stated. "Both athletic trainers bring a wealth of knowledge to the program that can benefit our Athletic Training Program (ATP) and Athletic Training Students."
Funk graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2014. While at King, he played men's volleyball for the Tornado and was a captain his senior season. Following graduation, the Lancaster, Pennsylvania native went to West Chester University to pursue his master's degree. In 2016 he graduated with a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Athletic Training. While at West Chester, Funk was a member of their athletic training staff, covering baseball, cross country and track and field.
"There is something special about coming back to my alma mater and having the opportunity to work alongside the same individuals that were so influential in my development as a student," said Funk. "It feels good to be back here and I am excited for the upcoming season!"
Oliver played women's basketball for the Tornado and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She then spent one year working as an assistant athletic trainer at Virginia Intermont College before spending the last two years at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. At ETSU, the Elizabethton native covered softball and earned her Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a concentration in Sports Management.
"I'm excited to be back at my alma mater and work with the student-athletes here," Oliver said. "I feel very blessed that the people that helped me get started in my career as an athletic trainer believe in my skills and knowledge to allow me to come back to King to work. Jeremy and I are the first alums to come back to King to work full-time as former ATEP students and I couldn't be more excited. I enjoyed working with him in clinical rotations during undergrad and look forward to working with him again as full-time staff."