- Pat Hassell
Pat Hassell is in his third season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Gator baseball program and is responsible for the prevention, care and rehabilitation of injuries. He also oversees the management of the baseball and softball athletic training facility and serves as the supervising athletic trainer for the softball team.
Hassell returned to Gainesville in 2011 after four seasons at the University of Louisville, where he worked with the Cardinals’ baseball and men's and women's golf programs. With his help in 2012, the Gators held the No. 1 ranking for the majority of the season, swept through the NCAA Gainesville Regional and Super Regional rounds and advanced to the NCAA College World Series for the third year in a row. Florida made its sixth consecutive NCAA appearance last spring, marking the first time in school history that the same head coach has taken the Gators to six-straight Regionals.
In 2010, Hassell was an integral part in the health of the Cardinals as they won their second-straight Big East regular-season title, won a school-record 50 games and earned the program’s first-ever national seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to joining the Louisville athletic training staff in the fall of 2007, Hassell spent two seasons as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Clemson University, where he worked with the Tigers' baseball program while current Gator head coach Kevin O’Sullivan was a member of Jack Leggett’s staff. While at Clemson, he worked with the Tigers' 2006 NCAA College World Series and Atlantic Coast Conference title-winning squad, as well as their 2007 NCAA Super Regional team.
Hassell is a 2004 graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in exercise and sport sciences. He was a student athletic trainer in 2002-03, where he worked with the Gators' baseball team which advanced to the NCAA Coral Gables Regional.
Following his graduation in 2004, Hassell continued to work for Florida as an intern athletic trainer, where he worked with the 2004 Southeastern Conference Champion Gator volleyball team and the 2005 NCAA runner-up Gator men's track and field team.
A native of Miami, Fla., Hassell is a certified athletic trainer by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, as well as a Corrective Exercise Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association and is licensed by the Florida Department of Health. Hassell earned his master’s degree in human resource development from Clemson in 2010.