Hulderman, Wheeler Promoted as Assistant Athletic Trainers

July 7, 2014

RUSTON - Jessica Hulderman and Justin Wheeler were jointly announced today as assistant athletic trainers for the Louisiana Tech sports medicine staff.

Both individuals have spent the past two seasons at LA Tech and have used the opportunity to further enhance their work experience with Bulldog and Lady Techster coaching staffs, staff physicians and the department.

Hulderman spent her first year at LA Tech as an intern athletic trainer in the coverage of football and the solitary athletic trainer for women's tennis. As the intern, she was the rehab coordinator for all post-operative procedures for both sports and worked diligently in evaluating, preventing and treating the student-athletes.

In June of last year, she was hired as an athletic trainer for Bulldog football as well as the primary athletic trainer for the men's and women's track and field teams.

Hulderman continued to provide coverage and travel for all football games and practices as well as track and field meets and was in charge of interviewing and hiring student-aides.

"We are excited that we get to retain Jessica and promote her to a full-time position with football and track and field," said Assistant Athletics Director Keith Bunch who oversees the University's sports medicine department. "She brings a wealth of experience from her time at Alabama, Wyoming, and here at Louisiana Tech. It is great for us to keep some consistence with our staff who works diligently with the football program."

Prior to LA Tech, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for two years for Wyoming Cowboy's football and women's tennis. In 2009, she gained experience working as a student athletic trainer with The University of Alabama's football team which won the national championship.

Hulderman is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, is a Louisiana State Board of Medical Board Examiners Licensure and has an NATA BOC certification.

Wheeler has spent the past two years working as a graduate athletic trainer for men's basketball and men's golf while also assisting with preseason and spring football.

"With the phenomenal work Justin has done in taking care of our men's basketball team, we are also excited about keeping him on full-time," said Bunch. "Coach White and the players thought a lot of him and the level of care he provided. This helped make him the top candidate for that position."

His responsibilities have included assisting in all aspects of injury prevention and rehabilitation, competition travel, administrative duties, as well as maintenance of athletic training room facilities and equipment.

Wheeler provided primary coverage for the Bulldogs en route to back-to-back conference regular season titles. He also helped supervise workouts for baseball and softball practices in the fall as well as cross country meets.

Prior to LA Tech, he served as an intern at Mercer University where he was the head athletic trainer for men's lacrosse and women's beach volleyball and assisted with hosting the Atlantic Sun basketball tournament.

Wheeler is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and has an NATA BOC certification.

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