Huskers Hire new Football Athletic Trainer

University of Nebraska Head Football Coach Bill Callahan and Director of Athletic Medicine Dr. Lonnie Albers announced today the hiring of Mark Mayer (pronounced Meyer) as Nebraska's Head Football Athletic Trainer. He will begin his duties on Monday, May 14.

Mark Mayer comes to Nebraska with more than a dozen years of experience in athletic medicine and has been the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Oakland Raiders for the past nine years.

Mayer looks forward to his new position. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Nebraska family and the great Cornhusker football tradition," Mayer said. "I look forward to working with Coach Callahan, Dr. Lonnie Albers, Jerry Weber and the rest of the medical staff."

Prior to joining the Raiders, first as an athletic trainer intern in 1995 and gaining full-time status in 1998 as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Raiders, Mayer served as a student athletic trainer for UC Davis from 1992 to 1994. He was named a full-time assistant athletic trainer for Oakland in 1999 and served in that capacity for Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 when the AFC Champion Raiders faced the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In his 11 years with the Raiders, Mayer worked with Coach Callahan and former Husker players Adam Treu, John Parrella, Eric Johnson and Fabian Washington and also worked with current Husker assistant coach and former Raider Randy Jordan.

Originally from San Leandro, Calif., Mayer graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1994. He earned his bachelor's of science degree in physical education and is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Married to the former Kira Schoeneman, Mayer and his wife have two children, 4-year old daughter Savannah Audren and 1-year old son Boston Zachary.

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