TOLEDO, OH - University of Toledo Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Brian Jones has received the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. Jones has been an athletic trainer for the Rockets for the last 15 years and is presently in his third season as Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine.
"On behalf of our entire athletic department, I would like to congratulate Brian on being named the 2012 Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association Athletic Trainer of the Year ," Toledo Athletic Director Mike O'Brien said. "Brian is incredibly dedicated to his profession. He truly cares about the well-being of our student-athletes and is always willing to go the extra mile on their behalf. I could not think of a more appropriate honor for Brian."
Jones supervises the treatment and rehabilitation of student-athletes in the Savage Arena Athletic Training Facility, and works directly with the men's basketball program. In addition to his athletic training duties, Jones also serves as the men's basketball program's travel coordinator.
"I'm very humbled and honored to have received this Award," Jones said. "It's my privilege to represent the profession of athletic training and The University of Toledo. I can't begin to thank all those individuals who have influenced both my career and my life. I'd like to thank my family, the OATA selection committee, the OATA and all the individuals at The University of Toledo that make doing this job fun."
Prior to joining the UT training staff in 1997, Jones spent two years at Michigan State where he worked with former UT football coach Nick Saban. During his time with the Spartans, he worked with the football program as well as several Olympic sports.
A native of La Porte, IN, Jones received a bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Ball State University in 1995. Jones also earned a master of science degree in athletic training from Michigan State University in 1997.