CORVALLIS, Ore. – LC State student-athletes will all agree, the athletic training staff is the best around. Tracy Collins and Taryn Cadez-Schmidt go above and beyond for the Warriors day-in and day-out, and this year they were voted the Cascade Conference Athletic Training Staff of the Year by the CCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
“Throughout by time at Lewis-Clark State, I have witnessed Taryn and Tracy go above and beyond to take care of each individual athlete and their needs,” baseball’s Brooks Juhasz said. “Tracy and Taryn’s relationship with each athletic program at LC speaks volumes to their character. Their dedication to their work is inspiring and we as athletes could not be at our best without them.”
“We are so grateful for Tracy and Taryn and what they provide to our student-athletes and campus,” Athletic Director Brooke Henze said. “They are very deserving, selfless people and we are so blessed to have them on our staff.”
Collins has served LC State for over 20 years and has also assisted with the cross country and track and field teams. She serves on a national championship committee for the NAIA and was named the NAIA Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2016. A Lewiston native, Collins established several school records as a sprinter and was a state champion in several relays, the 100m and 200m. She ran track at Boise State University, competing in the 100m, 200m and 400m as well as on relay teams. She graduated from BSU in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She completed her Master’s degree from the University of Idaho in 2013.
“It is an honor to be recognized among all my outstanding AT peers in the Cascade Conference,” Collins said. “Thank you to the wonderfully supportive LC State administration & staff, our hardworking coaches and amazing student-athletes. A big thanks goes to my husband Mike and children Kassie and Emily for their endless support. And last but certainly not least thank you to Taryn, without whom I don’t think I would survive.”
Cadez-Schmidt has been the athletic department’s assistant athletic trainer since 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Mesa State College, now Colorado Mesa University, in 2010. Following graduation, she received a graduate assistant position at the University of New Mexico as the athletic trainer for the cross country/track and field program for three years and graduated with a Master’s degree in 2013. Her thesis topic was on hamstring injury rate in sprinters and jumpers. She began her Ph.D. in exercise science as the graduate assistant for UNM Swim/Dive and Volleyball programs.
“I am flattered and very much honored,” Cadez-Schmidt said. “In all honesty, I couldn’t do my job well without patient student-athletes and my support system. Thank you to my family for understanding the job. Thank you, Tracy, for being my constant relay. Thank you to the athletes who are always up for something new and trusting me with their care and thank you LC Athletics/administration for the support.”
Both are members of the NATA and the Idaho Athletic Trainers Association.
“They kindly helped me with a foot injury during a series in Lewiston,” Corban University SAAC rep Maxwell Jeffrey said. “I could tell they honestly cared about helping me and preventing further injury from the way they asked me questions and gave me the resources I needed to stay healthy.”