CASTINE – Heather Linnell, a native of Portland, has been named head athletic trainer at Maine Maritime Academy.
She returns to Maine after a two-year stint as the women’s athletic trainer at Yeshiva University in New York City.
“In addition to her outstanding credentials, Ms. Linnell established herself as an enthusiastic professional, dedicated to improving the student-athlete experience,” said MMA Athletic Director Steve Peed. “Her upbeat, positive attitude will make her an outstanding fit for the department and the academy.”
At Yeshiva, Linnell had direct oversight of six programs and assisted with another half-dozen. She also developed and implemented new policy and procedures manual, emergency action plan and forms for the athletic department and training room.
Linnell also worked at Symmetry Physical Therapy in Pelham, N.Y., and served as the New York Athletic Club men’s rugby athletic trainer.
A 2009 graduate of the University of New England, Linnell earned a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and donned the Nor’Easters uniform in basketball.
She went on to receive a Master’s degree in athletic training from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. During her graduate assistantship, she was charged with overseeing sports medicine for the University’s club sports, including ice hockey, lacrosse and men’s and women’s rugby.
A member of both the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) and the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA), Linnell attained clinical experience as an undergraduate at Atlantic Foot and Ankle in Portland, and at Mountain Valley Orthopedics in East Stroudsburg.
She has stayed current in her profession through numerous programs and symposiums, and has volunteered for numerous road races in Maine, New York and Pennsylvania.
Linnell’s volunteer work extends beyond athletics. She served the Maine State Gender Equity in Schools Task Force, and mentored children with mental and physical disabilities in the Portland Public School system.
Linnell resides in Castine.