Tyler Antonacci has been hired to the King Athletic Training staff as an assistant trainer, effective July 2012. The Canton, Ohio native joins the Tornado training staff after extensive work that has taken him through multiple Divisions I and II athletic programs, minor league baseball, and the National Football League over the last six years. He is currently responsible for Tornado Soccer, Volleyball, and Swimming and Diving.
Antonacci joined the ranks of professional athletic trainers after receiving his certification and graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea, Ohio) in 2009. While working toward his degree, he served as an intern athletic trainer with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 2006. Prior to his graduation, he also served as an intern with Akron Aeros baseball, the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
He went on to serve as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Akron, working with the Zips’ women’s volleyball and women’s swimming and diving teams before moving on to Muskingum University (New Concord, Ohio). While with the Muskies, Antonacci served as the athletic trainer for the cross country, track & field, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball teams while completing his graduate work.
While a student at Baldwin-Wallace, Antonacci was a three-year letter winner swimmer where he placed inside the top-10 at the 2006 and 2008 OAC Conference Championships in the 1,650-meter freestyle.
Antonacci earned his bachelor’s degree in athletic training and exercise science from Baldwin-Wallace in 2009. In 2012, he received his Master of Arts in Education with an adult education degree. As a part his final graduate project, he developed a six week offseason strength training program for the Muskingum women's soccer team that turned into an entire summer weight training program for the team.