MEET THE GRADUATE ASSISTANTS OF UAB
2nd Year Graduate Assistants
Daniel will be entering his second year as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the UAB sports medicine program after spending the 2011-2012 school year as an intern with the Blazers' football program. His responsibilities have included primary sport coverage for UAB Football, as well as assisting with Women's Tennis and Track and Field. In January 2013, Daniel served as an athletic trainer for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, CA. The Opelika, AL native is a 2011 graduate of Troy University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training. As a student at Troy University, Daniel worked with Women's Soccer, Football, Rodeo, Softball, Men's Basketball, Charles Henderson High School Football, and a summer internship with Auburn University Football. He is pursuing a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. Daniel is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association, and Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association. He and his wife, Brittany, were married March 2, 2012, and the couple resides in Hoover, AL.
Logan Speicher is entering his first year with UAB as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer. Primarily he will be working with the women's basketball team and day to day activities as needed for the UAB athletic training staff. A native from Tampa Florida he graduated from The Florida State University where he attended all four years of undergraduate school, he was an athletic training student for the last three. Logan worked with a variety of teams including two fall semesters with football, men's and women's track and field, women's soccer, and men's and women's swimming and diving. He will be working towards a masters in Exercise Physiology over the next two years.
Ellan Harris is entering her first year as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer for the UAB Sports Medicine program. Her primary responsibility is to serve as the athletic trainer for the women's soccer team. She began her career as an athletic training student at The University of Alabama. At Alabama she graduated with a B.S. in Athletic Training with a double major in General Health Studies with a minor in Nutrition. During her time with the Crimson Tide athletic program she worked with men's tennis, women's basketball, football, a local high school, and softball. She is pursuing a Master's Degree in exercise physiology. Ellan is an active member of the National Athletic Training Association.
First Year Graduate Assistants
Ashton Vincze is entering her first year as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. Her primary responsibility is the UAB women's volleyball team. She grew up in Virginia Beach, VA before attending The Florida State University. As a Seminole, Ashton was able to work with the FSU football, swimming and diving, volleyball, track and field, and cheer, dance, and stunt teams. She also completed a semester at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee. Ashton is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Health Studies.
Emily Westray is entering her first year with the UAB sports medicine program as an intern Athletic Trainer. Her primary responsibilities will be providing coverage for the men's and women's tennis and golf teams. Emily will also assist with daily operation of the physician clinic located in the athletic training room. Emily grew up in Pensacola, Fl and then made her way to Samford University in Birmingham, AL where she obtained her bachelor's degree in athletic training with a minor in nutrition. During her time with the Bulldogs, she completed rotations with football, baseball, high school football, soccer, and a physical therapy clinic associated with Champion Sports Medicine. Emily is an active member in the National Athletic Training Association, Southeastern Athletic Trainer's Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainer's Association.
James Benzel joined the UAB athletic training staff in June of 2013. Benzel comes to UAB from Florida Atlantic University where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in football while also maintaining the role of primary ATC for the cross-country and track & field teams from 2011-2013. Prior to his time at FAU, he finished his undergraduate work from the University of Nebraska in which he worked a multitude of sports, but most notably football and baseball. James received his B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska in 2011 and his M.S. in exercise science in 2013 from Florida Atlantic University. James is currently an assistant athletic trainer for UAB working primarily with the Men's Soccer team. He also oversees the Women's Rifle team. James also has experience working as the primary ATC for the Battle of Florida College All-Star Game, the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game, and multiple other events. Benzel is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association. He was married to Gabriela Benzel in July of 2013, and the couple resides in Mountain Brook, AL.
Katie Michaels is a first year Graduate Assistant working with the Blazer football program. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Katie recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Athletic Training from the University of Central Florida. During her time at UCF she had the opportunity to work with the football, men's soccer, and baseball teams. Additionally, she completed a spring clinical rotation at William R. Boone High School in Orlando, FL. Katie will be pursuing a Master's of Arts in Health Science while at UAB.
Brian Krinsky begins his first year as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. While at UAB, Brian will primarily be responsible for the baseball team and assist with other sports as needed. He spent the past academic year at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, as an Athletic Training Intern. While at Navy he worked with the wrestling and swimming and diving teams and assisted with football duties during fall camp and spring ball. A native of Stow, Ohio, Brian completed his undergraduate work at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training in 2011. At Kent State he worked with baseball, football, wrestling and women's soccer as well as off-campus high school and clinic sites. Brian will be pursuing a Master's in Exercise Science at UAB.