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A 1993 graduate of Penn State, Jonathan Salazer has been an athletic trainer with the University since 1997 and has worked with the Nittany Lion basketball program since 2001. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Athletic Training Services. Continuing his primary responsibility of working with the men's basketball program, Salazer now also oversees athletic training services for several other Penn State teams as well as the clinical education of the graduate assistant athletic training students.
While a student at Penn State, Salazer was a member of the Health and Human Development Honor Society, and a two time recipient of the Sayers J. "Bud" Miller Award, for most outstanding athletic training student. After completing his course work at Penn State, he was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association in January of 1994. He earned a master's degree in Health Education from West Virginia University in 1995, where he worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for a variety of sports teams.
Following graduation from West Virginia, Salazer moved to Philadelphia and worked as an intern athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Eagles. The following summer, he returned to Morgantown, W.Va. and worked with former WVU colleagues in a physical therapy clinic. In the fall of 1996, Salazer returned to college athletics, working with the football and basketball teams at Lehigh University.
The following year, he returned to his alma mater to work with the Nittany Lion football team. Salazer moved across the street to the Bryce Jordan Center in 2001 and began working with the Men's basketball and baseball teams. In 2005, he received the Coach's Award from the men's basketball team in recognition of his contributions to the program.
Salazer is a member of several athletic training associations, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an approved clinical instructor in athletic training. He is a volunteer for several organizations including Penn State Coaches vs. Cancer.
His wife, Holly, is an Environmental Policy Analyst with the National Park Service. The couple have two young children, Liv and Ty.
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