EMU Sports Medicine announces staff additions

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YPSILANTI, Michigan (EMUEagles.com) – Assistant Director of Athletics, Eastern Michigan University of Sports Medicine Fox Gretchen announced two additions to its staff today, August 6. Kassidy Jensen, assistant sports coach graduated from EMU, and Alex wendler, a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Northern Illinois University, are the newest additions to the EMU’s sports medicine department.

Jensen will oversee the care of the rowing program, while Wendler will assist with football and tennis coverage.

“We are delighted to retain Kassidy and welcome Alex to our sports medicine family,” said Fox. “Alex and Kassidy are both energetic young professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with their respective sports to our program, which will benefit the healthcare services we provide to our student-athletes.”

Prior to being elevated to a full-time position, Jensen spent the previous two academic years at EMU as a graduate assistant.

Prior to coming to Ypsilanti, Jensen spent time with a number of different university athletic departments in intern roles. In 2019, she worked for Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she served the daily sports medicine needs of the men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s basketball and men’s hockey teams. Prior to Calvin, she spent the fall of 2018 at Davenport University, working with the football program. She has also worked at Grand Valley State University, as well as several high school programs. In addition, she has worked for Spectrum Health and the North Ottawa Community Hospital in several capacities.

In addition to her Masters in Sports Management from EMU, she also holds a Baccalaureate in Athletic Training from Grand Valley State.

Jensen is a certified athletic trainer in the state of Michigan and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association.

Wendler joined Eastern after a two-year stint as a graduate assistant in the athletics department at Northern Illinois University. There he worked with football and athletics programs. He oversaw the daily processing of the 2021 MAC champion women’s indoor track team.

Prior to his move to DeKalb, Ill., Wendler spent a summer with the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, where he was an athletic training intern for the team.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wendler was heavily involved in athletics. He completed five clinical rotations with four different La Crosse teams on his way to obtaining his bachelor’s degree in athletic training.

He added a Masters in Sports Management from NIU in spring 2021.

In addition to his credentials, Wendler is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Certified Athletic Trainer in Michigan, and a member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) and the Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association (GLATA).


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