WINTHROP, Mass. – Athletic trainers play a pivotal role in not only getting student-athletes back on the field, but also with preventative measures that help the 23 Johnson & Wales University varsity teams perform at their peak. The JWU staff was recognized by its peers for its hard work and dedication with the 2019 GNAC Athletic Training Staff of the Year award as announced by conference commissioner Joe Walsh.
The award is voted on by the athletic trainers at the 13 core GNAC institutions. This was the inaugural Staff of the Year Award. Director of Sports Medicine Alan Segee won the Athletic Trainer of the Year award in 2009. Segee shares the award with athletic trainers Jillian Withington, Brett Mastropoll and Tim O'Brien.
Segee has been with the Wildcats since 1999 after a two-year stint at Providence College. A 1993 Rhode Island College graduate, he works with the JWU volleyball and basketball programs as well as baseball and club sports. Segee received his master's degree from Cleveland State in 1995.
A 1999 graduate of Sacred Heart University, Withington came to Johnson & Wales in 2002. She received her Master of Science degree in Sports Health Care from the Arizona School of Health Science/A.T. State University in 2001. Her sport oversight includes women's soccer, women's ice hockey, men's lacrosse and the men's and women's golf programs.
Mastropoll came across town in 2018 to join the Wildcats from Brown University. Prior to that, the Quinnipiac graduate worked at Carson Newman University where he also got his master's degree. At Johnson & Wales, Mastropoll works with men's soccer, men's ice hockey, softball, cross country and rowing.
Also making the switch within the state last fall was O'Brien as he came to JWU after a five-year stint at Roger Williams University. A Quinnipiac grad as well, he covers the JWU field hockey, wrestling, women's lacrosse, tennis and equestrian programs.
In addition to their athletic training duties, Segee and Withington are very involved in other aspects of the department's operations. Segee heads up the annual JWU Athletics end of the year awards ceremony and is heavily involved with the university's commencement ceremonies. Withington serves as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.