Assistant athletic director for sports medicine recognized by alma mater

July 1, 2011 | News, UToday
By Steve Easton



University of Toledo Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Brian Jones was inducted into Ball State University’s Cardinal Sports Medicine Society Ring of Honor last week.

His induction took place at the annual National Athletic Trainers Association’s convention in New Orleans June 21.

“I feel very humbled and honored to be inducted into the Cardinal Sports Medicine Society Ring of Honor,” Jones said. “To be included in the Ring of Honor is a testament to what we, as a team, have built here at UT. I would like to thank my family, all my mentors, my staff and the leadership here at UT for all their support of my career and our athletic training program.”

Criteria utilized for recipients to receive the award are having 15 years of athletic training experience, making significant contributions to the Ball State athletic training program, serving as a good will ambassador for the Ball State athletic training program, and making contributions at the state, district or national level.

“Brian is certainly very deserving of being inducted into the Cardinal Sport Medicine Society Ring of Honor, given his hard work, commitment and dedicated service to the profession and The University of Toledo,” Ball State Head Athletic Trainer Neal Hazen said. “He has been an outstanding ambassador for the Ball State University Athletic Training Program. It is because of dedicated and persevering professionals like Brian that the athletic training profession and the athletic training programs at Ball State and Toledo have become what they are today.”

Jones just completed his 14th year at The University of Toledo and his second as the Rockets’ assistant athletic director for sports medicine. He supervises the treatment and rehabilitation of student-athletes in the Savage Arena Athletic Training Facility, and works directly with the men’s basketball program. In addition to his athletic training duties, Jones serves as the travel coordinator for the men’s basketball program.

Prior to joining the UT training staff in 1997, Jones spent two years at Michigan State University, where he worked with Nick Saban, former UT football coach. During his time with the Spartans, he worked with the football program as well as several Olympic sports.

A native of La Porte, Ind., Jones received a bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Ball State University in 1995. He also earned a master of science degree in athletic training from Michigan State in 1997.

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