MEET THE GRADUATE ASSISTANTS OF UAB

2nd Year Graduate Assistants

Ashton Vincze, ATC/L

Ashton Vincze is entering her second year as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. Her team coverage includes women's indoor volleyball, sand volleyball, tennis, and golf. 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 and is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association as well as the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.

Emily Westray

Emily Westray is entering her second year with the UAB sports medicine program as a first year Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. She spent the previous year here as an intern. Her primary responsibilities will be providing coverage for the women's track and field team as well as the cross country team. 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.

Katie Michaels

Katie Michaels is a second year Graduate Assistant working with the Blazer football program. Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Katie 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

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.

First Year Graduate Assistants

Luke McCarthy

Luke McCarthy is in his first year as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. His primary sport coverage is Football, Men's Tennis, Men's Golf and he assists with other sports as needed. Luke was born and raised in Naples, Florida but graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. At Catawba College, Luke was a student athlete on the Men's Soccer team while also working as an athletic training student for football, volleyball, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's basketball. He also did two athletic training internships with the MLB Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Florida. Luke will be pursuing a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology at UAB.

John Pellerin

John Pellerin is in his first year as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. His primary sports coverage is Football, and assists with other sports as needed. John was born and raised in Benson, Vermont. John graduated with a Bachelor's in Athletic Training from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. During his time at Merrimack, John was able to complete rotations with ice hockey, softball, and football. Additionally, he completed a spring clinical rotation at Haverhill High School in Haverhill, MA. John is pursuing a Master's in Exercise Science at UAB.

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