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PELLA—Frank Neu has been promoted to head athletic trainer at Central College.
A 1991 Central graduate, Neu returned to campus as an assistant athletic trainer in 2010. Leslie Duinink, Central’s head athletic trainer from 2003-10, will concentrate on classroom duties as an assistant professor of exercise science while continuing to serve as an assistant athletic trainer.
“This is a very positive and smooth transition for our program,” said John Roslien, director of the athletic training education program. “Frank has always been very passionate about Central College and he brings a new perspective to the role. Meanwhile, Leslie will be freed up from the day-to-day grind and can focus on teaching.”
Before returning to Central, Neu served five years as an assistant athletic trainer at Drake Univ. Earlier, he spent eight years as head athletic trainer at Lycoming College (Pa.). He earned a master’s degree at Drake and was a graduate assistant there for three years.
“Frank has a wealth of knowledge from his time at Lycoming and Drake,” Roslien said. “Those experiences will bring a new angle to what we do and strengthen our program.”
Duinink, a 1990 Central grad, received her master’s degree in physical education with an athletic training emphasis from Indiana State Univ. Before joining Central’s staff in 1998, she worked with an orthopedist’s office in a sports medicine outreach program at a hospital in Terre Haute, Ind. Duinink was named the 2010 Iowa Athletic Trainers Society College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year.
Central has a staff of five full-time athletic trainers who works with 19 varsity sports and oversees an accredited athletic training education program of 47 students.