March 15, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. - Lynette Mount, an assistant athletic trainer at Western Carolina, has been chosen to receive the College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee's (CUATC) Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award as selected and announced by the national governing body.
Mount was nominated for the honor by colleague Bob Casmus, the head athletic trainer at Catawba College.
All CUATC award winners will be formally recognized during the CUATC educational session at this year's National Athletics Trainers Association (NATA) Convention in Philadelphia this June.
"This is a great award for Lynette, and she is very deserving of this recognition. She does an outstanding job with the various student-athletes she deals with on a daily basis, as well as with the undergraduate students she supervises," said Tom Tisdale, an assistant athletic trainer at WCU. "It is great that she received this honor for her, but also for Western Carolina University and things we are doing across our athletic training department."
Mount, who came to WCU in August of 2006, serves as the primary athletic training contact for the Catamount baseball team while also assisting in the oversight of the WCU men's and women's cross country teams during the fall. She also teaches in Western Carolina University's athletic training education program (ATEP) and serves as an approved clinical instructor for the undergraduates in that program.
Mount is a 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut where she gained experience in the Huskies athletic training room as an undergraduate student. Upon her graduation, Mount continued her work experience as a graduate student at James Madison University where she served as the athletic training graduate assistant working with men's and women's gymnastics and baseball.
Originally from Levittown, Pa., Mount has also worked in the professional ranks, volunteering with the Charlotte Knights, a triple A affiliate of Chicago White Sox, during the summers of 2007 and `08. She is additionally a district representative for the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association (NCATA).
WCU's athletic training department includes six full-time certified athletic trainers that handle all 16 intercollegiate sports and cheerleading.