Athletic Trainers

Athletic trainers collaborate with coaches, parents, atheletes, & physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities. SOMC currently partners with 13 local high schools with the Athletic Training Outreach Program. The program provides the schools with healthcare coverage, risk abatement, student safety, cost savings and improved relationships with parents.

Brian attended Green high school until after his freshman year, then transferred and graduated from Rock Hill. He played basketball and golf in high school.

He is a graduate of Marietta College with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Where he was a 4-year member of the basketball team. Upon graduation, Brian worked as an assistant to Dr. Trinidad, then moved to Cleveland where he was employed as a Physician Extender for a private orthopedic practice for 4 years.

He returned to Portsmouth to become Lead Trainer for Sports Motion. He currently resides in Wheelersburg with his wife Alison and two sons, Maddox and Reed.

Brian Tennant, ATC
Marietta College, 2014
School: Wheelersburg

Matt Wilson is originally from Northern Ohio, where he participated in football, wrestling, powerlifting, and baseball. He attended Wright State University for two years and then transferred to Cedarville University for his final two years of college.

He graduated from Cedarville University in 2006 with a degree in Athletic Training. Matt has worked in high school athletics for most of his career. He worked for Oak Hill from 2008-2011. He then decided to work for SOMC Sports Motion and works with East and South Webster Schools.

Matt is also on Pastoral Staff at Wheelersburg Baptist Church where he has served as Youth Pastor for 6 years. Matt also enjoys spending time with his wife Bathany and three kids: Regan, Colton, and Madison

Matt Wilson, ATC
Cedarville University, 2006
School: Minford

Nate graduated from Minford High School in 2003 where he played golf, basketball, soccer and tennis.

He attended Shawnee State University where he graduated with an associate degree in Physical Therapy Assistant and a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He has worked as a PTA since 2006 in various departments within SOMC.

Currently, Nate is part time in the Portsmouth LIFE Center in conjunction with providing AT services at Valley and Eastern High Schools.

Nathan Franke, ATC, PTA
ATC, 2006 PTA
School: Valley

Randy is a 2008 graduate of Green High School where he played baseball and basketball for 4 years.

He is a 2012 graduate of Shawnee State University with a bachelor’s in athletic training. He also graduated with an associate’s degree in physical therapist assistant program.

Randy is an active member of Porter Free Will Baptist Church where he teaches high school Sunday school. In his free time he is usually playing softball or golf.

Randy Ratcliff, ATC
Shawnee State University, 2009
School: Lewis County, New Boston

Lauren is a 2008 graduate of Waverly High School, where she participated in basketball and track.

After high school, she attended Shawnee Statue University. She graduated in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assisting. In December 2013 she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training.

She was welcomed to the Sports Motion team in May 2013 and is providing athletic training servies for Eastern and Western High Schools in Pike County.

Lauren Breitenbach, ATC
Shawnee State University, 2009
School: Eastern, Western

Amber is a 2008 graduate from Eastern High School where I participated in volleyball, basketball, and softball.

After high school she attended Shawnee State University. She graduated in December of 2012 with a bachelors in Athletic Training.

Amber then started her career as an athletic trainer at Shawnee State University and worked there for two semesters before joining the Sports Motion team in September of 2014.

Amber Howell, ATC
Shawnee State University, 2012
School: Clay, East

Courtney graduated from Batavia High School in 2010 where I played soccer, basketball, and softball.

After high school she attended Ohio University where she graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. She joined the Sports Motion team in September of 2014 as the athletic trainer for Northwest High School.

When not working with the Mohawks Courtney assists in the office with Dr. Barnes.

Courtney Turner, ATC
Shawnee State University, 2014
School: Northwest High School


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