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Toby  Harkins
Toby Harkins

Head Football Athletic Trainer


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Harkins named head football athletic trainer

Toby Harkins was Illinois' head football athletic trainer from January 2013-August 2013.

A native of Simpsonville, S.C., Harkins earned a bachelor's degree in sports management from Erskine College. He also attended Furman University, obtaining a master's degree in health and exercise science. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Prior to working at Illinois, Harkins served as associate head athletic trainer for football from 2010-12 at Marshall University. Before his stint at Marshall, he served as the head athletic trainer and assistant director of athletics at Charleston Southern University from 2005-10. During his tenure at CSU, his staff was awarded with the CSU Outstanding Team Award and SCATA College & University Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

Prior to his stint at CSU, he held the same position at Erskine College from 1998-05. During his tenure at Erskine, he also was an assistant professor in the athletic training education program teaching such courses as therapeutic modalities, kinesiology, nutrition, medical aspects, prevention and care of athletic injuries and introduction to athletic training.

Harkins has published five case studies, spoken at multiple professional symposiums and presently holds certifications as an athletic trainer and American Red Cross professional rescuer. He also has served as the chair for the South Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association (SCATA) Scholarship Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Association.

Toby is married to Kelly Ramsdell Harkins, who also is a certified athletic trainer. They have a son, Sully, and a daughter, Paisley.