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Nick Richey
Nick Richey

Head Football Athletic Trainer

at Illinois:
Five Seasons (2007-11)

Nick Richey spent five years at the University of Illinois, including his final four as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Fighting Illini football program. Richey worked together with staff assistants, physicians, strength coaches, equipment staff and others to coordinate the daily needs of the program.

In addition to his duties with football, Richey had oversight of the Memorial Stadium athletic training room; was responsible for purchasing of all supplies to meet the needs of the sports medicine program; assists the Director of Sports Medicine, Al Martindale, on budget oversight and supervision; and worked with the staff on the development of departmental policy and organizational planning.

Richey developed useful relationships with vendors and physicians around the country that helped to maintain the excellent standard of care that student-athletes at Illinois came to know and appreciate. He was a part of the 2007 Rose Bowl team and helped to guide the Fighting Illini to Illinois' first-ever back-to-back bowl win seasons (Texas, 2010 and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, 2011).

Prior to Illinois, Richey served as an assistant athletic trainer at The University of Notre Dame. During his two and a half years in South Bend, Richey worked with the men's soccer and women's lacrosse programs in addition to assisting with pre-season camp for the Fighting Irish football team. The 2006 soccer team reached the Elite Eight, and the 2006 lacrosse team reached the Final Four.

Richey attended Virginia Tech University for graduate school; while in Blacksburg, he worked with the Hokie football and softball programs while studying health promotions and health education. Richey was a part of the 2004 ACC Championship football program that played in the 2005 Nokia Sugar Bowl.

Richey graduated from Purdue University with a degree in athletic training. At Purdue, Richey worked with the football, men's basketball, women's soccer and cheerleading programs while learning from instructors in one of the countries most revered athletic training education programs. Richey was awarded the Newell-Combs Scholarship and the Big Ten Basketball Officials Scholarship in 2003.

Richey spent the summers of 2001 and 2002 as an intern for the New Orleans Saints organization; and, more recently served the United States Soccer Federation as an athletic trainer for the U-14 boys national team during their May 2010 training trip.

Richey has presented case studies in recent years at the Donjoy Athletic Training Seminar and at the Big Sky Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Conference; Richey also has completed courses on manual medicine at Michigan State University. He enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, music, and cooking out.

Richey and his wife, Abby, reside in Thomasboro, Ill., with their two sons, Hayden (4) and Grady (2), and their golden retriever, Max.

Updated March 30, 2012