Lilly Vandemark

Hometown: Alma, MI
Undergraduate School: Michigan State University
Sport Assignments: Baseball/Wrestling

Why I chose UNC: The University of North Carolina was an easy choice for me. I wanted to improve my clinical skills, expand my knowledge, and develop my own research. All of these things I could do with the guidance of the very best in the field. The faculty and staff truly care about the success of the students and I have never felt more welcomed. Moving to the beautiful area of Chapel Hill was icing on the cake.










Allison Barnes

Hometown: Deerfield, NH
Undergraduate School: University of New Hampshire
Sport Assignments: Cross-country, Track & Field

Why I chose UNC: I know that I will constantly be challenged to become a better clinician, student, teacher and researcher here at UNC.  I chose this program not only because it will provide me with incredible opportunities to become a better professional and learn from some of the best in the field of Athletic Training, but also because of the sense of community and family that I feel from the staff, faculty, and fellow grad students. Go Heels!










Devon Stroup

Hometown: Oxford, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School: West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Sport Assignments: Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Why I chose UNC: I was initially drawn to UNC because of the opportunity to work with and be challenged by some of the brightest minds in the field of athletic training.  UNC offers a very unique and well-rounded education through clinical, teaching and research experiences.  However, it was the sense of family I felt instantly when I first arrived on campus that ultimately solidified my decision.  I am thrilled to be able to spend the next two years growing as a clinician, researcher, student and educator alongside incredible faculty, staff and peers.










Emma Young

Hometown: Reelsville, Indiana
Undergraduate school: Indiana University
Sport assignments: Women’s Gymnastics and Club Sports

Why I chose UNC: What lead me to UNC was the esteemed reputation of the graduate program as well as the opportunity to learn from and work alongside some of the greatest minds in sports medicine. However, what sold me on choosing UNC for my home for the next two years were the people I met during my interview and experiencing the family-like atmosphere they have developed within the program. I am excited to be a Tar Heel and hope the knowledge and experience I develop during my time here will lead me to be a great clinician.










Miranda Kruse

Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI
Undergraduate School: Alma College, Alma MI
Sport Assignments: Football & Fencing

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC because I wanted to learn from the best and brightest in our field – the opportunity to study under top researchers and pioneers of what they do was something I couldn’t pass up. In addition, Chapel Hill has the most wonderful atmosphere – a great sense of community and an investment in athletics, which was exactly what I was looking for a in a new home. I am extremely grateful to be a Tar Heel!










Megan Simon

Hometown: River Hills, WI
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin
Sport Assignments: Women’s Volleyball & Men’s Lacrosse

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC in order to challenge myself academically while refining my skills as an athletic trainer and developing a distinct clinical philosophy. I also wanted the opportunity to work with some of the leading staff, faculty, and researchers in sports medicine throughout my graduate education.










Alyssa Hammock

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate School: UNC Wilmington
Sport Assignments: Field Hockey and Rowing

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC to take on the challenge of becoming the best professional that I can by learning from and experiencing the best opportunity that’s out there.










Lauren Holt

Hometown: Granby, CT
Undergraduate School: Springfield College (Springfield, MA)
Sport Assignments: Men’s Soccer, Men’s Tennis

Why I Chose UNC:  I chose UNC for the diversity of clinical and educational experiences available and the opportunity to live somewhere new.










Elena D’Argenio

Hometown: Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Undergraduate School: Western Carolina University
Sport Assignments: Women’s Soccer and Softball

Why I chose UNC: I chose UNC because of the people I met who came from Chapel Hill. I was always impressed by the level of professionalism and thoroughness of care they provided to their patients. I knew in order to be the clinician I desire to be, I had to go to UNC. Go Heels!