ARLINGTON, Va. – On Monday, Marymount University Director of Athletics Jamie Reynolds announced the newest addition to the athletic staff, as Ryan Wildenhain accepted the position of Head of Sports Medicine.
Wildenhain comes to MU after a four-year stint in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with Division III Randolph College as an assistant athletic trainer. While on the staff, he provided athletic training services to 17 sports. Beyond his ability in athletic training, he supervised work-study students while also aiding in the clinical education of Liberty University and Lynchburg College athletic training students as a clinical preceptor. Through his efforts, he collaborated with key personnel to instill a Return-to-Learn protocol for students recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
Earning a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Illinois State University in 2010, Wildenhain continued his education at Division II California University of Pennsylvania as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. With his capstone thesis on ‘Perceptions of lower limb injuries that occur on artificial turf versus natural grass,’ he graduated with a Master of Science in Athletic Training just a year later before making the move to Lynchburg, Virginia. Upon his graduation from CalU, he earned the Highmark Graduate Student Award, an award given to one graduate student at each Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) university which recognizes achievement in a health-related field.
Additional athletic training experience was garnered at several collegiate summer camps, tournaments and showcases, while also providing coverage at Sweet Briar College.
Wildenhain is a member of various organizations including: Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association, and National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Prior to making the career move to athletic training, Wildenhain was in the United States Air Force from 2003 to 2007 as a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Journeyman and HVAC/R Apprentice. During his time with the Air Force, he was hand selected for supplemental deployment to Kwang Ju Air Base, Korea while deployed at Kadena Air Base, Japan. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 2007.
Outside of work, he is an outdoorsman, enjoying camping, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, and fishing. He also likes to play basketball and golf. He makes the move with his wife, Colleen, and dog, Wrigley.