An Open Letter To All Potential Graduate Assistants
An Open Letter To All Potential Graduate Assistants
Associate A.D. Jeff Smith

Associate A.D. Jeff Smith

Graduate Assistant Job Description

I would like to introduce you to the University of Massachusetts Sports Medicine Program. Our athletic training staff consists of six full-time NATA certified athletic trainers and three graduate assistant athletic trainers who are also NATA certified. We cover 21 intercollegiate varsity sports that compete at the NCAA Division I level. Our graduate assistant athletic trainers provide athletic injury care for the following sports:

  • Baseball
  • Field Hockey
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Football

    In addition to working with these teams, you will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate athletic training students as an Approved Clinical Instructor, through our affiliations with Springfield College, Westfield State College and Quinnipiac University.

    In regards to academics, our graduate assistants earn their Master's degree or Doctoral degree in the following programs:

  • Higher Education
  • Kinesiology

    Once accepted into the program, the Department of Athletics will provide a tuition waiver, a stipend, payment of approximately 95% of the graduate student health insurance and payment of curriculum fees each year. We also offer summer employment with our sports camps.

    Dave Maclutsky '01 and I ('93) are former graduate assistant athletic trainers here at the University of Massachusetts. We can tell you from personal experience that you will receive a quality education both in the classroom and in the athletic training room. It is a great experience and will be a springboard for your future as an athletic trainer. We look forward to hearing from you.


    Jeff Smith MS, LATC
    Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine