• 11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
  • 30 NCAA Div. III individual championships
  • 161 Iowa Conference titles
  • 23 Iowa Conference all-sports titles

Central College athletic training
education program

John RoslienJohn Roslien
Director, Athletic Training Education Program

John Roslien came to Central as head athletic trainer in 1986, becoming the athletic training education program director in 2003. He is also an associate professor of exercise science.

Roslien was inducted into the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society (IATS) Hall of Honor in 2007 and is a past president of the organization.

Under Roslien’s leadership Central’s athletic training education program was granted accreditation in 2004 from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The Central staff has grown to include five other certified athletic trainers and during his tenure, 74 program graduates have earned CAATE certification as athletic trainers.

A native of Decorah, Iowa, Roslien received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in sports administration from Western Illinois University.

From 2000-02 Roslien served as district vice president for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and was the district public relations chair after serving a three-year term as the IATS public relations director. He’s made numerous presentations at NATA district symposiums and serves as the district’s treasurer. In 2012, Roslien received the NATA Service Award recognizing his contributions to the profession as a volunteer at the local, state and district levels.

Roslien has extensive international experience. He spent a year as a physical education teacher in Tarsus, Turkey and was Central’s academic liaison with the college’s international study program at Bangor University in Wales. He visited the Wales program site as part of a faculty sabbatical in 2006. For the past 13 years Roslien has served as head athletic trainer and director of football operations for the American Football Coaches Association’s Division III all-star team at the Aztec Bowl in Mexico. He’s also been a tour coordinator, traveling to Europe for American teams and was athletic trainer for the Iowa High School Basketball Coaches Association’s Select team trip to Melbourne, Australia. Roslien was an athletic trainer at the Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, Ind. and at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Marquette, Mich.

Also an assistant baseball coach at Central for seven seasons, Roslien received a Central College Presidential Service Standards Award in 2002 for his work at the college.

Phone: (641) 628-5132
Email: roslienj@central.edu

Frank Neu

Frank Neu
Head athletic trainer
Clinical instructor

Frank Neu returned to Central as an assistant athletic trainer in 2010 and was promoted to head athletic trainer in 2011.

A 1991 Central graduate, Neu previously served as assistant athletic trainer at Drake Univ. for five years. Earlier, he spent eight years as head athletic trainer at Lycoming College (Pa.). He earned a master’s degree at Drake and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer there for three years.

Neu has worked at numerous championship and other postseason events, including seven trips as an athletic trainer for the AFCA Division III all-star football squad at the Aztec Bowl in Mexico. He was the sports medicine coordinator for the Budd Whitehill Division III National Wrestling Duals from 1998-2005.

A National Athletic Training Association member since 1990, Neu joined the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2005 and serves as the organization’s treasurer. While at Lycoming, Neu was a member of the Eastern Athletic Training Association, the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Association and the College Athletic Trainers’ Society. He was the athletic training chair of the Middle Atlantic Conference in 2004-05.

Phone: (641) 628-5451
Email: neuf@central.edu


Dustin BriggsDustin Briggs
Assistant athletic trainer

Clinical instructor

Dustin Briggs joined the athletic training staff at Central College in 2007.

Briggs was formerly an athletic trainer at Work Systems fitness center in Pella, also serving as head athletic trainer for the Des Moines Buccaneers hockey club. He previously served the athletic program at East High School in Des Moines.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Briggs received a masters degree from the University of Kentucky.

Briggs serves as president elect of the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society and previously served as secretary. Briggs is also the ambulance director for the New Sharon Fire and Rescue. He received the Heroes of the Heartland Award from the Southeast Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross for his work in saving the life of a resident in 2011.

Phone: (641) 628-5328
Email: briggsd@central.edu

Emily CihaEmily Ciha
Assistant athletic trainer

Emily Ciha became an assistant athletic trainer at Central College in 2012.

A 2012 Central graduate, Ciha received her certification that same year. As an undergraduate, Ciha was a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

Phone: (641) 628-5452
Email: cihae@central.edu

Shelli Green

Shelli Green
Assistant athletic trainer
Clinical instructor

Shelli Green became an assistant athletic trainer at Central College in 2010.

Green previously served as an athletic trainer for Cox Health Rehabilitation Services in Monett, Mo.

A 2007 Central honors graduate, Green earned a master’s degree at Southwest Minnesota State Univ. in 2009 where she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer. She became a certified athletic trainer in 2007.

At Central, Green was a captain of the Dutch women’s track and field squad, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, president of the Club Associated with Athletic Training Students (CAATS) and received the Roslien Distinguished Athletic Training Student Award.

Phone: (641) 628-5450
Email: greens@central.edu

Chris ViesselmanChris Viesselman
Assistant athletic trainer
Clinical instructor

Chris Viesselman joined the Central staff as an assistant athletic trainer at Central in 2005.

A graduate of Iowa State University where he was a student athletic trainer, Viesselman earned his master’s degree in athletic training in 2005 from Plymouth State University (N.H.). He previously served as an athletic trainer at William Penn for two years, including a year as interim head athletic trainer. He was a graduate assistant at Plymouth State and an athletic training intern at Hampden-Sydney College ( Va.).

Viesselman serves on the Iowa Athletic Trainers Society Committee for College and Unversity Student Leadership. He also serves as secretary of the Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society. In 2011, Viesselman was named the IATS Educator of the Year. He also received the 2011 Heroes of the Heartland Award from the Southeast Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross for his work in saving the life of two residents.

Phone: (641) 628-5166
Email: viesselmanc@central.edu

For more information . . .

Feel free to contact any of our athletic trainers or find general information about athletic training at the following websites:

www.nata.org
www.bocatc.org
www.cewl.com

 

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