News – Oregon State Hires Female AT for Football

1 Jun

Corvalis, Oregon – Oregon State hired a new head athletic trainer for football, Ariko Iso,whose previous position was assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Iso was previously featured in this blog as the only female AT working in the NFL.  Now she heads to her alma matre.

Before Pittsburgh, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State University, where she served as the head football trainer. Her collegiate career includes serving as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for nearly three years.

Iso was also the head trainer at the 2006 World 21 and Under Track Championships, the 2001 World Cross Country Championships, the 1998 Yokohama International Ekiden and the 1996 East-West Shrine Football Game. Additionally, she has worked at the Nike World Master Games, U.S. Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and at the 1994 World Cup Soccer tournament.

“I have been around only a few folks that have the same work ethic as Ariko, but what sets her apart is that her efforts are always made with a positive attitude,” Steelers head athletic trainer John Norwig said in a statement. “Ariko has always been the consummate professional. She loves her job.”

Said former Steelers coach Bill Cowher: “Without a doubt Ariko will be a great asset to Oregon State. She has a great personality, and is very professional and knowledgeable. I have tremendous respect for her.”

Those are some glowing endorsements for a consumate, passionate professional!

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