Neil Matz '09, MS, LAT, ATC, PES

Neil consults an athlete.

What lead you to pursue a degree in Athletic Training?

I took two classes in high school, Athletic Health Care I & II. An elective, believed to be an easy A and all our athletics took this course. The athletic trainer teaching the course made it fun. I had a lot of fun with it, enjoyed the class, and began to look at athletic training as a career.

How have you used your degree to reach your career goals?

I have worked as as athletic trainer since I graduated from King's. What I am doing is exactly what my degree is and what I enjoy doing.

What did you enjoy the most about your King’s AT program?

The sense of family that we had. The AT Program is a smaller program and it's designed that way. It allows us that one-on-one time with professors, athletes, and classmates. Our graduating class was about eleven and we still keep in touch.

What advice would you give a student considering the King’s College Athletic Training program?

Have fun and do what you can to get involved with the clubs on and off campus. Get involved at the local level in the profession early. Use the resources you have. The professors are involved at state, local, and regional levels and organizations. Professors are a wealth of knowledge that students should be pulling information from as much as they can.

Is there one particular experience as a King’s College student that you would like to share with others?

We had the opportunity to attend a few conferences, regional conferences. We would go as a group. Some presented posters, some sat in on meetings, and all attended seminars to gather information. We would have fun outside the classroom. The conferences were generally three days and allowed us to bond and learn as a group.

Is there anything you would like to see changed or improved about the program?

When I went through I loved it! I feel I was well-prepared coming out of College. I cannot think of a specific thing I would look to change.

Please add any additional comments about your experience at King’s College.

I really enjoyed my time at King's. There were cliques but we all hung out together, everyone knew each other, just a good time and I am grateful for the experience.