Staff promotions announced for SAU Sports Medicine

Southern Arkansas University Director of Athletics Steve Browning has announced that Jan Kiilsgaard has been named the department's Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine and Trevor DeLoney has been promoted to Associate Athletic Trainer, effective immediately.

Jan Kiilsgaard is in her 21st year at Southern Arkansas University where she is most recently serving as an Instructor in the Human Performance and Sport Sciences Department and as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Prior to that position Kiilsgaard served as the director of the Athletic Training Education from 2004-2021. As Program Director, Kiilsgaard worked to gain initial accreditation for the Athletic Training Education Program in 2006 and continued accreditation in 2012.

Kiilsgaard also provided clinical coverage for the several of the women's athletic teams for many years (2003-2015) at SAU, with a primary coverage of the Lady Mulerider Volleyball team. Kiilsgaard earned her MS in sport and exercise sciences from West Texas A&M University (Canyon, Texas) in 2003 as she spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

At WTAMU, she was responsible for the health care of the Buffs football and volleyball teams. While with the Lady Buffs volleyball team, WTAMU won the 2002 Lone Star Conference Division Championship (sixth-consecutive) and the LSC Championship (fourth-consecutive) while also finishing the 2002 season in the NCAA Elite Eight quarterfinals hosted at WTAMU. Kiilsgaard also served as a graduate teaching assistant at WTAMU, teaching a variety of classes including Lifetime Wellness, First Aid/CPR, Tennis, and Theory and Practice of Racquet Sports.

In 2002, Kiilsgaard was honored with the Ted Chu Memorial Mentor Award. An alumna of the University of Central Arkansas (2001), Kiilsgaard was first student to graduate from UCA with a B.S. in Athletic Training. While at UCA, Kiilsgaard received the Fletcher B. Lowry Outstanding Kinesiology Major award in 2001 and was the first runner-up in 2000.

A certified athletic trainer, Kiilsgaard received her athletic training certification from the Board of Certification (BOC) in 2001, and holds an athletic training license from the Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training. An active professional, Kiilsgaard has served on the Arkansas Athletic Trainers' Association executive board from 2009-2022 in a variety of roles. At the district level, Kiilsgaard has served on the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association Executive Board from 2018-2022, currently serves on the Student Competency Workshop Committee (since 2012) and served on the Finance Committee from 2010-2014.

Kiilsgaard's service and dedication to the athletic training profession has not gone unnoticed. Her most recent honor was induction in to the Arkansas Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 2023. In 2022 she was awarded the Frank Medina award and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award from the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association. Kiilsgaard was also awarded the Dr. Doug Parker Recognition award from the Arkansas Athletic Trainers' Association in 2018.

Kiilsgaard is a native of Little Rock, AR.

DeLoney arrived at Southern Arkansas University in August 2022 and just over 18 months, the Northwest Arkansas native has assisted football, baseball, men's & women's basketball, men's track & field, men's and women's tennis, softball and volleyball.

During his time as an athletic trainer, DeLoney has developed and executed rehabilitation plans for acute and chronic injuries, maintained appropriate medical kits for home and road contests, recorded and archived rehabilitation progress of student-athletes and supervised athletic training students in addition to day-to-day duties of operating a fully-functional athletic training facility.

Prior to coming to Magnolia, DeLoney worked for two years at New Mexico Junior College as an assistant athletic trainer where he helped guide the athletic department through COVID-19 pandemic. While in Hobbs, DeLoney worked with baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's track and field, rodeo and volleyball.

Getting his start on the gridiron, DeLoney was a student athletic trainer at the University of Arkansas for the Razorback Football program (June '17 - May '18) and was an athletic training intern at Arizona State University for the Sun Devil Football program (May '19 - July '19). Additionally, DeLoney expanded into baseball, women's track and assisted Rogers High School Athletics while earning his undergraduate degree during his time in Fayetteville.

DeLoney is professionally trained and licensed in first aid, CPR and AED (AHA certified), is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), is certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) and holds an active National Provider Identifier number. He is also well-versed in concussion testing using SCAT-5, VOMS and ImPACT.

A graduated of the University of Arkansas, DeLoney received his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in May 2018 and his Masters of Athletic Training in May 2020.

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