Certified Athletic Trainers
The Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) are medical professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries to athletes and others who are engaged in everyday physical activities. Athletic trainers have been recognized by the American Medical Association as allied health care professionals since 1990. As part of the complete health care team, the certified athletic trainer works under the direction of a physician and in cooperation with other allied health care professionals.
Certified Athletic Trainers have, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree and have completed coursework/clinical hours from an accredited athletic training program. They have fulfilled the requirements for certification established by the Board of Certification. They are employed in a variety of settings such as: secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, physical therapy clinics, hospitals, professional sports teams, industrial settings, corporations and other athletic health care settings.
Randy Baack - Head athletic trainerRandy Baack currently serves as the Head Athletic Trainer at Concordia University, Nebraska. Baack took his position with the Bulldogs in 2002.
A Bulldog alum, he graduated from Concordia in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. During his playing days, he was a four-year letter winner in baseball.
After college, Baack spent five years serving as a teacher/youth director in two congregations in North Tonawanda, New York and Salt Lake City, Utah.
He then attended the University of Utah working toward certification as an Athletic Trainer. He graduated from Indiana State University with a master's in Athletic Training in 1996.
Baack spent six years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Potomac High School in Virginia before coming to Concordia.
Randy and his wife Jill are natives of Columbus, Ind. They have two daughters, Anna and Abigail. During his free time he enjoys playing sports, camping and spending time with his family.
Stacy Dahlkoetter is from Grant, Neb. She attended Concordia University, Nebraska from 2006-2010, where she majored in Biology with a Cellular & Molecular Emphasis and minored in Chemistry. Dahlkoetter was accepted into the Athletic Training Graduate Program at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and graduated from the program in May 2012. She began working at Concordia in August 2012. She covers men's and women's soccer, softball, and men's and women's indoor/outdoor track.
Dahlkoetter is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and a State Licensed Athletic Trainer, as well as holding cerfitication in Professional Rescuer CPR, AED, and First Aid.
She is an Allied Health Professional member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Mid-America Athletic Trainers' Association, and Nebraska State Athletic Trainers' Association, for which she is the District 5 Young Professionals Committee Nebraska Representative.
In her free time, Dahlkoetter enjoys spending time with family and friends, staying active with running, biking, snow skiing and water skiiing.
T.J. Schmidt, a native of Blair, Neb., began his position as assistant athletic trainer at Concordia University on July 8, 2013. Schmidt graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in nutrition, exercise and health sciences. He went on to earn his master’s degree in athletic training from Texas Tech University.
Schmidt is an accomplished athlete having lettered four times as a gymnast for the Cornhuskers. He received All-America honors and served as a team captain.
Following college, Schmidt interned in athletic training at the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire. He then worked as the athletic trainer at Alvord High School in Alvord, Texas, immediately prior to joining the Concordia athletics training staff. Schmidt has also spent portions of recent summers as an athletic trainer and gymnastics coach at a gymnastics camp called Flip Fest in Crossville, Tenn.
Schmidt’s hobbies include camping, fishing, wakeboarding, skiing, snowboarding and hiking.