Longtime Penn State athletic trainer Renee Messina has been promoted to assistant athletic director for athletic training services.
She will replace Tim Bream, who resigned the position on Feb. 9. Bream had also served as the adviser at Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity banned a year ago following the death of 19-year-old pledge Timothy Piazza.
Messina, a Penn State grad, has been a member of the Nittany Lions' athletic training staff since 1992, most recently as associate director of athletic training services, according to a Penn State news release.
“I have been blessed to call Penn State home for many years and fortunate to have worked with a number of outstanding programs here,” Messina said in the release. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead our talented staff and help guide our Sports Medicine and Athletic Training program into the future and continue to provide great care for our student-athletes.”
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In her new role, Messina will oversee all aspects of athletic training services for about 800 student-athletes in 31 programs, according to the university. She'll also direct all day-to-day athletic training activities, as well as supervising education, rehab and return-to-play protocols.
“Renee not only brings a tremendous amount of experience to the position, but she is an outstanding leader, a team player, and most importantly, she is committed to providing exceptional health care to our student-athletes," Charmelle Green, senior associate AD for student-athlete performance, health and welfare, said in the release. "I am looking forward to seeing the great work to come from athletic training services under Renee’s leadership and guidance."