Doescher Named CMU Assistant Athletic Trainer

Lara DoescherHaving well-trained, experienced athletic trainers undoubtedly helps provide any athlete with peace of mind.

Starting July 1, Central Methodist University will have one more trainer with an impressive professional background, ready to take on any challenge she may face.

Lara Doescher, a Fayette resident originally from Phoenix, Ariz., has been hired as a CMU assistant athletic trainer. In her new position, she will directly assist Paden Kleinhesselink, director of athletic training services, as she fulfills both academic and sports medicine responsibilities.

“Lara is a very bright, up-and-coming athletic trainer who values quality customer service,” said Ken Oliver, vice-president of institutional growth and student engagement. “Her background and experience will assist us in moving our athletic training services to the top tier in small college athletics.”   

In May, Doescher graduated from CMU with a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in athletic administration. She received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kan.  

Doescher has received various honors during her educational experiences, including numerous scholarships and awards. She is a current member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), and is a licensed athletic trainer with Missouri Board of Healing Arts. 

Before being hired as assistant athletic trainer, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at CMU while pursuing her master’s degree. She specifically cared for women’s soccer, spirit squad, and softball athletes, with responsibilities including prevention, intervention, evaluation, and treatment.

Doescher will assist with the coordination and oversight of sports medicine activities at CMU – insuring NAIA standards are met, differentiating between the athletic training program and the sports medicine program, evaluating programs, maintaining medical records of athletes, and more. 

Her responsibilities also include the accreditation, evaluation, continuing development, and day-to-day operations of CMU’s athletic training academic program. She will be working with women’s soccer, JV women’s basketball, and varsity softball. 

“I am extremely excited to continue to work with the amazing athletes, coaches, athletic training students, and staff here at CMU,” Doescher said.

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