Abigail Garcia will join the OLLU Athletic Training staff

OLLU welcomes Abigail Garcia, LAT, ATC, to the OLLU Athletic Training staff. She will join Head Athletic Trainer Corey Beechner and Assistant Athletic Trainer Alyssa Guerra.

Garcia said, “I am truly excited to start my career journey in a community that made me the person that I am today, it only feels right to start my career in my hometown and with an institution that shares the same religious views as me. I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to be a part of Our Lady of the Lake sports medicine faculty and can’t wait to work alongside everyone, learn from those above me and help the athletes thrive.”

Garcia comes to OLLU after numerous internship and shadow positions, including those with physical therapist Dr. Martin Noyola in Devine, Texas, and with Burbank High School in the San Antonio Independent School District. She worked there with Athletic Trainer William Marshall, where she acquired insight and knowledge regarding high-school level athletic training, including settings, rehabilitation, diagnostics, pre-participation screenings and prevention.

At the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) in San Antonio, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training, she received more than 1,200 clinical hours. She worked alongside the UIW football team in fall 2018 and 2019 and the UIW track and field team during the spring of 2019.

In 2018, Garcia participated in a researched study at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for the rehabilitation of recruits in basic training.

Garcia has earned the following certifications/licensing: National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Certification (BOC), Athletic Trainers Licensing, Basic Life Support (BLS) certification, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification.

“Alyssa and I are beyond excited about adding a new full-time athletic trainer to the team,” Beechner said. “With the addition of the OLLU Spirit Team to athletics and the added responsibilities caused by COVID, the help is greatly needed. Having a third, full-time athletic trainer on board will add to the value of care our athletes are receiving. Abby is eager to join us, and we feel she will be a great fit here with OLLU athletics.”

The OLLU Athletic Department sponsors 17 intercollegiate sports programs, including men’s and women’s basketball, competitive cheer, competitive dance, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field; men’s baseball; and women’s softball and volleyball.

The basketball teams will begin their season this month, while all other teams will compete in the spring 2021 season.