Beavs hire new head football trainer

OREGON STATE HAS made a hire to their medical staff, the school said in a release. Ariko Iso has been appointed head football athletic trainer at Oregon State University, Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday. Iso comes to OSU from the NFL, having been an assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2002.

Ariko (uh-Ree-ko) Iso (eye-so) returns to Corvallis after having been the only female athletic trainer in the NFL. She worked in three Super Bowl seasons for the Steelers during her time there.

"I'm very excited for the opportunity that lies ahead at my alma mater," Iso said. "Oregon State is where I started my athletic training education and I'm looking forward to returning to the beautiful campus after being away for 15 years. I have many fond memories of Corvallis as a student and I'm ready to make more."

Prior to accepting the position with the Steelers, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State, where she served as the head football trainer. Her collegiate career also includes the junior college ranks, serving as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for nearly three years.

In addition to her collegiate experience, Iso has served as the head trainer at the 2006 World 21 and Under Track Championships, the 2001 World Cross Country Championships, the 1998 Yokohama International Ekiden and the 1996 East-West Shrine Football Game. She has also worked at the Nike World Master Games, U.S. Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and at the 1994 World Cup Soccer tournament.

Iso replaces Barney Graff, who was dismissed after growing complaints from student-athletes about his work.

"I have been around only a few folks that have the same work ethic as Ariko, but what sets her apart is that her efforts are always made with a positive attitude," said Pittsburgh head athletic trainer John Norwig. "Ariko has always been the consummate professional. She loves her job."

Iso graduated from Oregon State with a bachelor's of science degree in health and human performance in 1993 and earned a master's of art in physical education from San Jose State University in 1995. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. The Tokyo native is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

"Without a doubt Ariko will be a great asset to Oregon State," former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher said. "She has a great personality, and is very professional and knowledgeable. I have tremendous respect for her."


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