Two Lynchburg athletic trainers win VATA awards

Graphic of athletic trainers of the year. Left to right: Dr. Debbie Bradney, Dr. Pat Aronson, Caroline Wesley Siler, Dr. Emily Evans, and Dr. Tom Bowman
Left to right: Dr. Debbie Bradney, Dr. Pat Aronson, Caroline Wesley Siler, Dr. Emily Evans, and Dr. Tom Bowman

Harrisonburg, Va. -- Two members of the University of Lynchburg athletic training program were given honors from the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association at the VATA annual meeting this past weekend at the Hotel Madison.

Director of athletic training services Caroline Wesley Siler earned the VATA's College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year award, while Dr. Emily Evans won the organization's Athletic Training Educator of the Year honor for 2020.

The VATA awards annual superlatives for college/university clinicians, secondary school clinicians, educators, clinical and emerging practitioners, and researchers. The awards are peer-nominated and selected by the VATA Executive Council.

Wesley Siler is in her second year as Lynchburg's director of athletic training services and her fifth year back at her alma mater. The 2007 Lynchburg grad was a standout on the basketball court for the Hornets and was also inducted into the Lynchburg Sports Hall of Fame this past fall.

Evans is the athletic training department's coordinator of clinical education. She is in her 18th year at Lynchburg (across two stints) and her fifth as a full-time faculty member; Evans was Lynchburg's head athletic trainer from 2006-15. She earned her doctorate in leadership studies from the University in 2018 and has been VATA's secretary, membership chair, and served on the scholarship committee.

Wesley Siler and Evans are the third and fourth members of the Lynchburg community to win VATA awards in recent years. Dr. Tom Bowman won the researcher of the year honor in 2015, and Dr. Debbie Bradney was named the Commonwealth's top educator in 2012. Another Lynchburg faculty member, Dr. Pat Aronson, was inducted into the VATA Hall of Fame in 2012.

The VATA is comprised of athletic training professionals and educators from around the Commonwealth and is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare for Virginians through education, advocacy, and cooperative efforts with other healthcare professionals and organizations.

--LYN--

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