Staff

Mike Jones, MAE, ATC/L NREMT-I
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine

Mike Jones, Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine, joined the UAB Athletic Department in 2000 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer and has held several roles since then. In 2005, Jones was promoted to his current position where he supervises the Athletic Training department for all of UAB's Varsity sports and is the Head Athletic Trainer for the football team. In his Assistant Athletic Trainer role at UAB, Jones worked with the football team, including the program's trip to the 2004 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. Jones previously served as an Associate Athletic Trainer at the UAB Sports Medicine Clinic from 1999 to 2000 and as an Athletic Trainer at the University of Cincinnati from 1998 to 1999, where he worked with the Bearcat football, swimming and diving teams. Jones earned a B.A. in secondary education in 1996 and a master's degree in health education from UAB in 1997. He joined the Blazer football team in 1993 after transferring from Jones Community College in Ellisville, Miss. He was among the first scholarship classes in the history of UAB football and is a Blazer letterman. As a graduate student, he worked with the Blazer football and volleyball teams. He has previously served as chairman of the Public Relations and Government Affairs Committee for the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association and currently serves on the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers. A native of New Augusta, Miss., Jones has two daughters: Kerrigan and Mackenzie.

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Bryan Koch, M.Ed, ATC/L
Associate Athletic Trainer

Bryan Koch joined UAB in 2001 and has spent his time since 2003 with the men's basketball team as their athletic trainer. Koch has oversight and supervision of athletic training for all Olympic varsity sports at UAB and is in charge of the department's drug testing procedures. Born and raised in Vincennes, Ind., Koch received his bachelor's degree in athletic training from Indiana State University in 1998. He went on to receive his masters in athletic administration from Auburn University in 2000, where he was responsible for the Auburn baseball team. After graduation from Auburn, Koch served as the athletic trainer for the Samford University men's basketball team. After a year with the Bulldogs, he came to UAB as the assistant football athletic trainer. Koch worked for three seasons with both UAB football and men's basketball. In 2003, he relinquished his football duties to concentrate his talents solely on men's basketball. Koch is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association. He is married to the former Shawna Campbell, and the couple resides in Good Hope, Ala., with their daughter Campbell Brylee and their yellow lab, Dudley.

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Melissa Adams, MA, ATC/L, VNASM-CES
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Melissa Adams joined the UAB athletic training staff in August of 2008. Adams comes to UAB from the University of Richmond where she served as an assistant athletic trainer in charge of the women's field hockey and women's lacrosse teams from 2007-2008. Prior to the University of Richmond, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Southeast Missouri State University in which she worked with the Redhawk women's soccer program and assisted with baseball. Adams began her career as an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University working as an athletic training student with the Eagles athletic programs. Upon completion of her course work, Adams was an intern athletic trainer at Auburn University with track and field. Adams received her B.S. in Sports Medicine from Eastern Michigan in 2005 and her M.A. in Higher Education Athletic Administration from Southeast Missouri in 2007. In her first five years at UAB Adams served as the athletic trainer for the women's cross country and track & field team. Since 2012 she has served as the athletic trainer for women's soccer. A native of Chelsea, Michigan, Adams is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.

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Laurie Fincher, MA, ATC/L
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Laurie Fincher joined the UAB athletic training staff in July of 2008. Fincher comes to UAB from West Alabama, where she served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in charge of volleyball, as well as assisting with football, from 2006-2008. Prior to West Alabama, she was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at UAB with her focus on assisting with the Blazers' football team. Fincher began her career as an undergraduate student at East Carolina University, working as an Athletic Training Student with the Pirates' athletic programs. Fincher received her B.S. in Athletic Training from East Carolina in 2004 and her M.A.E in Exercise Physiology from UAB in 2006. She is an athletic trainer for football and serves as the Insurance Coordinator for the department. Hailing from Raleigh, N.C., Fincher is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.

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Daniel Springer, MS, ATC/L
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Daniel Springer started with the UAB Athletic Training Department in July 2010, first serving as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Football, Women's Basketball and Men's Tennis. In July 2012, Springer was promoted to his current role as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the UAB Football team. His current responsibilities include the medical care for Football and oversight of Men's Tennis. Daniel earned his B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Cincinnati in 2010, where he had the opportunity to work with various athletic training settings including a Physician Extender Internship and with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2012, Springer completed his Master of Arts in Education from UAB, emphasizing in Health Education. He is a certified member of the NATA, SEATA, ALATA, and Collegiate Athletic Trainers' Society. He is also certified as an American Heart Association-Basic Life Support Instructor.

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Jen Wallace, MS, ATC/L
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jen Wallace joined the UAB athletic training staff in July of 2009. Wallace comes to UAB from the University of Kentucky where she was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Women's Softball from 2007-2009. Wallace began her career as an undergraduate athletic training student at The University of Alabama working with the Crimson Tide's athletic programs. Wallace received her B.S. in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama in 2007 and her M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Kentucky in 2009. She is the Athletic Trainer for the Blazer softball team. A native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Wallace is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association, and the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association.

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James Benzel, MS/ATC/L

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.

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