Published: June 27, 2008
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has named University of Tampa Assistant
Athletic Trainer Heather VanOpdorp as one of five members of the Board
of Athletic Training.
VanOpdorp, 29, is the current assistant
athletic trainer and an instructor with The University of Tampa. As a
board member, VanOpdorp will help regulate Florida's professional,
collegiate and high school athletic trainers. She will be appointed for a
term beginning June 24, 2008, and ending Oct. 31, 2010.
recently completed her fifth year as an assistant athletic trainer. Her
main responsibilities are covering volleyball while serving as the
athletic training room coordinator for the Athletic Training Education
Program. She also teaches at UT, where she is responsible for four
classes in the Health/Exercise Science Department.
earned her undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne College (N.C.). As a
four-year letter winner in softball, she departed as the school record
holder in wins, ERA, single season winning percentage and the fewest
walks allowed in a season. She was also a two-time South Atlantic
Conference second-team selection and a member of the 2000 SAC
all-tournament team. VanOpdorp concluded her career while leading the
conference in ERA during her senior season.
She also received her
Master’s in Education from Old Dominion University in 2003. While
working towards her master’s degree, VanOpdorp covered women’s soccer,
men’s basketball and women’s basketball. She also assisted with hosting
the Div. I women’s basketball super regional tournament.
ODU, she also served as a pitching coach for the Maury High School
softball team in Norfolk, VA. She helped the team to its first district
title in school history.
Heather and her husband Chris reside in Odessa with their son Tyler.