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Baseball Athletic Trainer Eastern Kentucky '91

Dave Werner enters his ninth season as the head athletic trainer for the Florida baseball program. Werner is responsible for the daily care, as well as prevention and rehabilitation of student-athlete's injuries in the baseball program. In addition to his training room duties, Werner also handles all team travel for the Gator baseball program. He joined the Florida training staff in June, 1994.

Werner brought to Florida an extensive background in professional sports after spending time in both the National Football League and minor league baseball. Prior to joining the Gator staff, he held a six-month assistant trainer position for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1993 NFL season and served a four-year stint in the Baltimore Orioles minor league organization from 1988-91. As the head trainer for the Orioles entries in the Gulf Coast League, Appalachian League and New York-Penn League during the span, Werner's baseball background translates into top-notch, experienced treatment and care for the Gator players.

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky ('91), he earned a degree in athletic training, as well as a teaching certificate for grades 7 through 12 in physical education and health. Werner continued his education at the University of Louisville, earning a master's degree in sports administration in 1993. While at Louisville, he served as a graduate assistant trainer for the Louisville athletic program and worked specifically with the Cardinal basketball, swimming and soccer programs.

The 32-year-old Werner is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association and the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida. He also recently became a Licensed Massage Therapist. A graduate of South Ripley High School and a native of Versailles, Ind., Werner enjoys fishing, hunting and NASCAR racing.

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