1047 Student Recreation Center
B.S., Mercyhurst College
M.S., Western Michigan University
A native of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Gretchen graduated from Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA in 1997. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Sports Medicine, a Major in Athletic Training, and a Minor in Psychology. She went on to receive her Masters degree from Western Michigan University’s accredited Athletic Training program in 1999. During her graduate studies at WMU, Gretchen worked at K Valley Orthopedics, P.C.,Southwestern Michigan Sportsmedicine Clinic. Here she worked in Aquatic Therapy and became the Director of Aquatic Therapy and Recreation. In addition, Gretchen was the certified athletic trainer for the Kalamazoo Quest W-league women’s soccer team, and the Kalamazoo Kingdom men\\\'s PDL soccer team. She later became the program director for Sportsmetrics and administered the corresponding ACL injury prevention programs to athletic populations. Gretchen also provided outreach visitations to 7 area high schools, and worked in the Physical Therapy department treating and rehabilitating patients.
Currently, she serves as the off-ice strength and conditioning coach for the WMU Synchronized Skating team, both collegiate and senior, and has traveled with them to national and international competitions representing Team USA. In addition she is a MHSAA Coach Advancement Program (CAP) instructor, where she teaches modules in Sports Medicine and First Aid, Strength and Conditioning, and Healthy Living to coaches statewide.
Gretchen was hired for the 2011/2012 academic year in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education as an instructor for the Athletic Training undergraduate program and serves as the Clinical Coordinator.
Gretchen is certified by the Board of Certification for the National Athletic Trainers Association (ATC), the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the American Red Cross as a Professional Rescuer Instructor, the Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation Industry (ATRIC), and is a certified instructor for Sportsmetrics ACL injury prevention programs.
Past athletic accomplishments include attaining a Gold Medal at the 1995 Champion International Regatta National Championship where she was a competitive collegiate rower in her undergraduate years. In addition, she is also a Pre-Gold Level Ice Dancer. Currently, she enjoys participating in various marathons, 1/2 marathons and 5K races for charitable events.
Gretchen resides in Mattawan, Michigan with her husband and three children.