Prof Stays Involved In and Out of the Classroom
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Chris Crawford (‘00), MSEd, director of athletic training program, assistant professor
Why I teach:
I am a big relationship person. I love to build and foster close relationships with my students and make a deeper connection on both a personal and academic level.
I love watching a student catch on to a topic or excel in a skill, witnessing them begin to feel valued, and eventually seeing them realize what they are doing has a higher purpose. I also love seeing my students’ confidence grow and hearing about their successes in life. The feeling of helping a young person succeed and come to embrace an area of professional interest is phenomenal.
The summer of 2015 was very exciting for me. I was the athletic trainer for the United States Paralympic Swim Team as they competed in the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and the Paralympic Pan-American Games in Canada.
I have been a certified athletic trainer since 2001 and still continue to be actively involved in the profession. In 2009 I started the sports medicine program within the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in the Blue Valley school district. I taught there until the spring of 2013 when I accepted the position of clinical coordinator of the athletic training program at MNU. In May of 2014, I was promoted to program director of the same program.
Crawford was born in El Paso, Texas, and moved to Overland Park, Kansas at eight years of age. After graduating high school in 1995, Crawford attended MidAmerica Nazarene University where he obtained a BA in athletic training in 2000. After graduating MNU, he attended the University of Kansas and earned a MSEd in biomechanics and wellness in 2003. Crawford lives in Olathe and has two daughters; Cailyn, age seven and Kinley, age five.