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After approximately four and a half years, BMHS faculty/staff member Jessica Nash has earned her Doctorate of Athletic Training degree from the University of Idaho! She is the first member of her family to get a Master's degree, as well as a doctorate.
Niece of alumnus Stephen Garrison '74, Dr. Nash has served the Bishop McNamara athletics program since 2006, starting out as an athletic trainer and sports medicine instructor. During her employment interview, then-Principal Dr. Marco Clark '85 asked her where she planned to be in five years; as she reflected on that day, Dr. Nash said that, at that time, she had no idea that she would still be here and have completed her Ph.D.
As a well-respected faculty member, Dr. Nash still felt there was something missing from her role; she wanted to do more for the Bishop McNamara community. Currently Dr. Nash serves as Assistant Athletics Director for Bishop McNamara High School, in addition to athletic training.
"It is a different mindset," she said. "Not just for the Athletics Department, but for the entire community. I'm not just tending to injuries, but I'm working on community health and well-being as a whole."
Dr. Nash went on to say how important it is to her that her students, particularly her female students, see a woman in the field of professional sports medicine.
"It's important for me that they (her students) see a woman succeed in the field. In general, sports is a very male-driven profession. I needed to learn to speak up and knock down my own section of the glass ceiling."
According to Dr. Nash, there are very few female athletic trainers in all professional sports nationwide.
Working on a DAT degree while still maintaining a full-time career was certainly not an easy task. Dr. Nash possesses a unique dedication, drive and enthusiasm, which she brings to work each day in support of her students and Bishop McNamara community.
"My philosophy is treat somebody by finding out what's going on with them," she said. "Treating the whole person instead of what you see on the surface. Ask questions, find out what's going on."
We have no doubt that this ambitious and questioning nature will serve Dr. Nash well as she continues to educate hearts and minds at Bishop McNamara. Congratulations Dr. Nash!
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