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 a Preceptor, through our affiliations with Springfield College, Westfield State University 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