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Katy Annunziata Named GNAC Athletic Trainer of the Year for Second Straight Year


WINTHROP, Mass. – Former Mount Ida College Head Athletic Trainer Katy Annunziata has been voted the 2018 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Athletic Trainer of the Year, as announced by the league office on Thursday morning.

It marks the second straight year that Annunziata, who is now the head athletic trainer at former GNAC member Emerson College, has been recognized with the award, which was voted upon by the conference's 13 head athletic trainers.

Originally a native of North Haven, Conn., Annunziata brings a wealth of experience in the college athletic training landscape to Emerson.  Pror to joining the Lions, Annunziata began as an assistant athletic trainer in 2011 at Mount Ida, which announced suddenly in April that it would close at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. She remained in the Mustangs' assistant trainer position for five years until she was promoted to head athletic trainer in May 2016.

Before her time at Mount Ida, Annunziata was the Head Athletic Trainer at Penn State Fayette in Uniontown, Pa.

Annunziata earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Merrimack College in May 2009.  She continued her education and earned her Master of Science in Athletic training From California University of Pennsylvania in May 2011.

At Mount Ida, Annunziata successfully transitioned the athletic training health records to an online format and found new ways to improve athletic training services. She oversaw two assistant trainers and many clinical students each semester. She was the primary overseer of athletic training for all 16 of Mount Ida's varsity sports, and now oversees Emerson's 14 varsity programs. 

Annunziata is a licensed and certified Athletic Trainer by the Board of Certification and a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association. She is also First Aid and CPR certified by the American Heart Association and certified as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist.

Information Provided by Emerson, Mount Ida Athletics Communications.

Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 13 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 20 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.