July 17, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has promoted Bo McDougal to director of sports medicine, Doug Frye to head athletic trainer and added three full-time assistant trainers (Scott Curington, Kristina Papazoglou, Blas Ruelas) and a graduate assistant (Jessica Peters) to the sports medicine department, director of athletics Alan Verlander announced today.
"When I first arrived a year ago, I understood that we needed to upgrade our sports medicine area," Verlander said. "We are doing just that. Bo and Doug have served JU well, so these promotions are long overdue. I am also excited about Scott, Kristina, Blas and Jessica joining our staff."
McDougal, who has served as head athletic trainer at JU for the past 23 years and is the longest serving member of the athletic staff, will move into an administrative role with insurance and department equipment purchasing while also handling women's basketball. Before making his way to JU, he served as a graduate assistant at both Arizona State and Murray State, his alma mater. He earned his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Murray State in 1981 before completing his master's in health, physical education, recreation and dance in 1988.
"This is another example of the University's commitment to provide quality health care to its student/athletes," said McDougal. "After a national search, Doug and I are excited about the addition of Scott, Kris and Blas to our staff. They are not only well qualified certified athletic trainers, but they are great, caring people that will be a major asset to the University as a whole. Jessica also brings a lot of knowledge and experience to her position. The student-athletes will enjoy and benefit from the reorganization and the addition of the new staff."
Frye, who served as associate athletic trainer at JU for the past six seasons, will oversee the daily care for the school's 18 teams while handling all duties associated with the football program. A graduate of JU in 1998, Frye worked as an undergrad student athletic trainer for the Dolphins from 1995-98. Prior to his return to JU, Frye spent one year at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., where he served as an intern in the athletic training department and worked directly with the women's basketball and softball programs in 1999-2000. He earned an associates of arts degree from St. John's River in 1995 before earning his bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training at JU in 1998.
Curington, who will be in charge of men's basketball, joins the sports medicine staff after serving the past year as an assistant athletic trainer at St. Leo University. Prior to St. Leo, he was the head athletic trainer at Gainesville High School (2004) and Trenton High School (2003) while working as a graduate assistant with the University of Florida (2003-04). As an undergraduate, he had stints with North Florida men's basketball, the Orlando Magic (2002), the Jacksonville Tomcats, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Progressive Step Rehabilitation at Ridgeview High School and Nemour's Children's Clinic at Stanton College Prep and Paxton High School from 2002-03. Curington earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training at North Florida in 2003 before going on to earn his master's in applied physiology and kinesiology at Florida in 2005.
Papazoglou, who will assume duties for volleyball and women's soccer, joins the Dolphin staff after serving the past two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at James Madison University. Prior to James Madison, she was a certified athletic trainer for the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut of the National Fastpitch Softball League. Before moving to the professional ranks, she was a student athletic trainer for her alma mater, Hofstra, from 2002-04. Papazoglou earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training with a minor in psychology and physical education & sports science from Hofstra in 2004 before going on to earn her master's in sports and recreation management at James Madison in 2006.
Ruelas, who will work with men's soccer and baseball, joins the JU staff after serving the past two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana Tech University. Prior to Louisiana Tech, he was an intern athletic trainer at Kalamazoo Central High School during the 2004 season. Ruelas began his career as a student athletic trainer for his alma mater, Western Michigan University, from 1999-2004. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training at Western Michigan in 2004 before going on to earn his master's in health and exercise science at Louisiana Tech in 2006.
Peters, who will be in charge of women's soccer and both tennis programs, joins the athletic training staff after serving the past season as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at North Florida. Prior to UNF, she was a student intern at Texas A&M University - Commerce from 2002-05. Peters earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training and health at Texas A&M - Commerce in 2005 and is currently working towards her master's in public health at North Florida.