Athletic Training Enhancement Campaign

Building New England’s Premiere Athletic Training Program:
Enhancing Well-being. Ensuring Peak Performance. Saving Lives.
UMaine’s Athletic Training program is the only program in the state featuring:
• Full integration with and routine access to Division 1 athletics.
• 100% passage of the national certification examination on the first attempt over the last two years, compared to the 77% national average. Our close-knit team of experienced faculty and dedicated students build their knowledge and hone their skills in the Wes Jordan Athletic Training Education Complex. Located steps from our athletic training classrooms, this facility has helped students bridge the gap from theory to practice. It is here that our students find their confidence, build community, and prepare for a fulfilling career.

Whether you witnessed Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin, collapse on the field in cardiac arrest or held your breath as your child dropped on the soccer field, you know that the presence of skilled athletic trainers can save lives, help prevent life-altering injuries, and ensure that individuals and teams maintain peak performance. 40% of Maine high schools have NO athletic trainers. UMaine’s Athletic Training program is tackling this need.

The program is expanding to a Master of Science in Athletic Training degree and embarking on an Athletic Training Enhancement Campaign to raise funds needed to:
• create a world-class simulation lab within the Wes Jordan Athletic Training Education Complex,
• upgrade equipment,
• enhance program development,
• and create additional scholarship support.

Championed by UMaine’s Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, Penny Bishop, a team of dedicated alumni, and help from the University of Maine Foundation, we are asking you to join us in building the premiere athletic training program for New England.

The Athletic Training Enhancement Campaign – Goal $250,000
Help us build the next generation of UMaine’s Athletic Training program. This is an opportunity to help fill a need in Maine communities that will directly impact the lives of our children, family members, neighbors, and friends. It is an opportunity to help fulfill Wes Jordan’s vision and it is an opportunity to make UMaine the gold standard for athletic training preparation – enhancing the value of your UMaine degree. If you are interested in learning more or supporting this project, please contact our team or Paige Holmes at the University of Maine Foundation at or 207-581-3564.

Mark A. “Rookie” Letendre Award
This award is presented annually by Mark “Rookie” Letendre ’78, Former Director of Umpire Medical Services for Major League Baseball, to the outstanding student athletic trainer of the year who best reflects the ideals, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to the profession of Athletic Training and the University of Maine.

Image: Mark “Rookie” Letendre ‘78 (left) and Tim Weston ‘89, ‘04G (right)

The UMaine Athletic Training Program has a long history of producing highly skilled professionals that go on to be nationally recognized leaders and champions of the profession.

Past winners include:
1991 Fawn R. Dunphy
1992 Robert J. Kreider
1993 Richard Rosenblum
1994 Debra Smith
1995 Chris Nightingale & Dick Fournier
1996 Joellen Haynes
1997 Joel Chretien
1998 Lisa Mac Donald
1999 Dennis Russell
2000 Ellise Spaulding
2001 Kristy Pooler
2003 Brianna Frye
2004 Meneah Haworth and Sarah Wilder
2006 David Stickney
2007 Darci Dickison
2008 Eric Crest
2009 Josh Bennett
2010 J.P. Stowe
2012 Sam Adams
2013 Ari Aragnostis
2014 Beth Bailey
2015 Alicia Velente
2016 Jana Darling
2017 Teresa McGuire
2018 Carly Jackson
2019 Ryan Nurse
2020 Cody Miller
2021 Catelin Logston
2022 Mary “Meg” Landers
2023 Allison Bleakney