Voted CCAC Head Athletic Trainer of the Year
BOURBONNAIS – The Olivet Nazarene University Athletic
Department has much to be excited about following the 2012-13 season. ONU’s
Director of Athletics, Gary Newsome, and BJ Geasa, the university’s Head
Athletic Trainer, were voted by their peers as tops in the Chicagoland
Collegiate Athletic Conference during their postseason meetings. Newsome was named Athletic Director of the Year
and Geasa was given the Head Athletic Trainer of the Year award, each for the
first time in their career.
For the past three years the conference has named these
awards. Each of the 15 schools that represent the CCAC receives one vote and majority
vote decides the recipient.
Newsome is entering his sixth season as head of the Tigers.
In addition to being named AD of the Year, ONU earned the CCAC All-Sports
Trophy for the fourth year straight under his leadership. The Tigers won five
conference regular-season titles and three league tournament crowns in 2012-13.
The Tigers tallied an all-time high 133.5 total points to outdistance itself
from the rest of the field by 18 points.
ONU gained first-place finishes in women's cross country,
women's soccer, women's tennis and both men's and women's track & field
during the regular season and added conference tournament titles in men's
soccer, and both men's and women's tennis.
The Tigers also earned runner-up regular-season finishes in baseball,
men's cross country, softball, men's tennis and women's basketball, where they
tied with three other teams.
A 2002 graduate of Olivet Nazarene, Geasa and his staff of six certified athletic trainers and 20 student trainers oversee better than 500 student-athletes in 20 sports. Geasa himself works primarily with football and baseball, not to mention serving as the administrator of Olivet Nazarene's secondary insurance program.
"It is a great honor to receive this award," said Geasa, who assisted in the life-saving effort of an Olivet Nazarene cheerleader two years ago. "Our athletic training staff at ONU does a fantastic job with the health care of our athletes and I am a product of their great work ethic.
"Athletic trainers are not in this profession for recognition, but it is a nice feeling to be spotlighted by your peers for what you do."
Among his many accomplishments at Olivet Nazarene, Geasa developed emergency action plans for athletic sites on campus, instituted a head injury management system for the athletic department and assisted in the design and development of the new athletic training facility in ONU's Student Life and Recreation Center.
Besides his duties as a certified athletic trainer, Geasa is also a professor in ONU's Athletic Training Education Program/Exercise Science Department and an instructor for CPR/AED certifications for both the Athletics and Exercise Science Departments.
"BJ's treatment of injured athletes is outstanding," said Olivet Nazarene director of athletics Gary Newsome. "He loves caring for those that need help.
"What is most impressive about BJ's performance is all that he does that is not required in his job description. He often travels with teams when not required and can be seen raking a baseball diamond and observing surgeries.
"ONU is fortunate to have an employee with the love for kids and the university that BJ displays."