Athletic Training

Sports Medicine Website Bar

The busiest place per square foot on the campus of Loyola Marymount University is not what one would think. It is not LMU's on campus commons area, the Lair, University Hall or the LMU bookstore. It is the LMU Athletics Training Room.

Right around 2,500-square feet, the LMU Athletics Training Room at any given moment in season is what Assistant Athletic Director Keith Ellison calls "organized and controlled chaos." In the height of its busiest time of the year, when all 22 LMU NCAA Division I sports are in action, the Athletics Training Room can make a casual onlooker dizzy.

The Athletic Training Room features state-of-the-art equipment within the sports medicine facility.

However, Ellison, his five full-time assistants, Steve Cortez, Gary Dyogi, Jill O'Brien, Lacee Diamond, and Jeremiah Fraser, two physical therapists Chris Graham and Anthony Ware, and five interns make it look easy.

In his 29th-year at LMU and 23rd as the Head Athletics Trainer, Ellison and his staff have turned the LMU Athletics Training Room into a model for the school's main conference affiliate, the West Coast Conference.

"This is a great place to be because of the people," said Ellison, who graduated from LMU in 1987. "The fulltime staff we have here is the best in the conference. We have the right personalities for LMU and they all genuinely care and are concerned about the student-athletes, not just for their injuries and sports they play, but for each person as a whole.

"And it is not just my staff. It is the student-athletes that make this place great. The student-athletes care and respect what we are doing. With 22 sports and just six certified athletic trainers, it can get difficult in seeing to every need of the student-athletes. But the students-athletes understand and respect each other and make this place very, very successful now and in the future."On a given day, the Athletics Training Room will see about a third of the 425 LMU student-athletes. A typical day will include lots of paperwork, treatment and therapy for student-athletes recovering from injuries that keep them out of competition, appointments with physicians, and pre- and post-practice needs.

"We stress the importance of movement efficiency and strength and conditioning to reduce the risk of injury, with a goal to return our student-athletes to their sport as soon as medically safe. Thus, the traffic in our Athletics Training Room can get very heavy throughout the day," said Ellison.

Name Office Location Phone Email
Keith Ellison
   Assistant Athletics Director - Sports Medicine
   (Men's Basketball)
Gersten Pavilion - East 117 (310) 338-2874
Steve Cortez
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Baseball, Men's Rowing, Golf)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-5220
Lacee Diamond
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Women's Soccer, M/W Tennis, Cross Country/Track)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-2764
Gary Dyogi
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (M/W Water Polo, Women's Rowing)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-5297
Jeremiah Fraser
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Women's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Cheer)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-4279
Jill O'Brien
   Assistant Athletic Trainer
   (Women's Volleyball, Softball, Beach Volleyball, Swimming)
Gersten Pavilion - East 105 (310) 338-2340