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Bream Named Penn State Director of Athletic Trainer Services/Head Athletic Trainer for Football

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Tim Bream served as head athletic trainer for the NFL's Chicago Bears.

Feb. 17, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Tim Bream has been named Penn State Director of Athletic Trainer Services/Head Athletic Trainer for Football. Dr. David Joyner, Penn State Acting Director of Athletics, made the announcement.

Bream will oversee athletic training services for all 29 varsity sports (31 with addition of men's and women's hockey in 2012-13) and Penn State's approximately 750 student-athletes. He will be the head trainer for the Nittany Lion football program under the direction of Coach Bill O'Brien.

Bream, a native of Gettysburg, Pa. and 1983 graduate of Penn State, returns to Happy Valley after serving as Head Athletic Trainer with the National Football League's Chicago Bears since 1997. He joined the Bears in 1993 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, giving him 19 years with the Bears organization.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to return to Penn State," said Bream. "I am really looking forward to working with Coach O'Brien and all the Penn State student-athletes and coaches. The Bears are the best franchise in the NFL, but I could not pass up this opportunity to go home and return to my alma mater."

Prior to working in professional sports, Bream held athletic trainer positions at several universities, including Richmond (Director of Sports Medicine & Head Athletic Trainer, 1988-92), Vanderbilt (Associate Head Athletic Trainer, 1986-88), Syracuse (Assistant Athletic Trainer, 1984-86) and West Virginia (Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, 1983-84).

Bream holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education (Athletic Training emphasis) from Penn State and a Master of Science in Physical Education (Sports Science emphasis) from West Virginia. He has served as an instructor and lecturer in a variety of collegiate and professional settings, has been a presenter at numerous national athletic training seminars and symposia, and has authored and co-authored articles for national publications.



Bream also served on the United States Olympic Committee medical staffs at the 1991 World University Games in England and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Joyner was the head physician for both United States international teams.

The Nittany Lions shared the 2011 Big Ten Leaders Division title with Wisconsin and played in their fourth consecutive New Year's bowl game and 44th bowl overall. The Nittany Lions' 827 all-time victories rank No. 5 in the nation and their 27 bowl wins are third-highest nationally.

Penn State opens its 126th season on Sept. 1. The Nittany Lions will host Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern (Oct. 6-Homecoming), Indiana, Navy, Temple and Ohio University in Beaver Stadium this fall. For season ticket information, fans should call 1-800-NITTANY weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The pricing of Penn State football game tickets and accompanying donation levels is the same as in 2011.


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