SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (August 21, 2017) – Western New England University head athletic trainer Mike Vallee announced the additions of Dana Cavedon and Zach Smith to the Sports Medicine staff on Monday.
Cavedon, who will have primary sport responsibilities with volleyball, women's tennis, women's basketball and men's lacrosse, comes on board as an athletic trainer, while Smith (field hockey, men's basketball & men's tennis) will serve as an assistant athletic trainer.
"We are excited to have Zach and Dana join our athletic training team," Vallee said. "Each brings a unique skill set and perspective that will enhance our student-athlete experience."
Cavedon comes to Western New England after spending the 2016-17 academic year as a graduate assistant at California University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master of Sciences degree in Athletic Training. Cavedon worked with the women's volleyball, women's swimming, women's golf, and men's tennis teams.
The Hopkinton, Mass. native served as the head athletic trainer for Babson College's summer sports camps this summer. She also gained experience in the field spending a year each as an assistant athletic trainer at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass., and Hopkinton High School from 2014-16.
Cavedon received her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Calif., graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Smith is a 2017 graduate of nearby Westfield State University, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in athletic training.
While at Westfield State, Smith completed clinical rotations with the Amherst College men's lacrosse and football teams, the Westfield State men's soccer team, and with South Hadley, Ludlow and Agawam High Schools.