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June 12 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany Director of Athletics and Recreation Tim Weaver has announced changes in the department’s athletic training staff, including the promotion of Megan Lowry to head athletic trainer and the hiring of Corey Wingen as assistant athletic trainer.

Lowry moves up after serving three years as the assistant at Bethany. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training with a minor in exercise physiology from Ohio Northern University in 2004. Prior to coming to Bethany, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Fairmont State University for two years and earned a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University in 2006.

A member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), as well as the Mid-Atlantic and West Virginia Athletic Training Association, Lowry is also a Basic Life Support Instructor and an Athletic Training Approved Clinical Instructor at Wheeling Jesuit. In addition, she earned certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) this past spring.

“Megan will do a great job as head athletic trainer,” said Weaver. “She has earned the trust and respect of our student-athletes and coaches during her time here. Her personal qualities and administrative skills are just what we need in this position which is so vital to the success of our athletic programs.”

Originally from Pittsburgh, Wingen comes to Bethany after spending the last two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training in May. Among his clinical experiences included working with the Kentucky track and field program and serving as a training camp intern with the Detroit Lions in Allen Park, Mich.

A 2007 graduate from Ohio Northern with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, Wingen has been a member of the NATA since 2005. He is also an American Heart Association Healthcare provider and completed Approved Clinical Instructor training in Sept., 2008.

“Corey brings a great deal of experience to his new position for someone so young,” said Weaver. “Having worked in a Division I athletic department, and having hands on experience in an NFL training camp has prepared him well for the demands of a department as large as Bethany’s.  His regional roots and family background in an athletic environment make him an ideal fit for Bethany athletics.”

In addition to their duties as athletic trainers, Lowry and Wingen will also teach in the physical education/sports studies program at Bethany.

“Both Megan and Corey also enhance the quality of an already outstanding Physical Education and Sports Studies teaching faculty and will be great resources for our students in that area of study,” added Weaver.