DAT Student Ambassadors
Meet our Moravian University DAT Student Ambassadors! These individuals were nominated by their peers and selected by the DAT faculty. For current students the Ambassadors serve as the voice of the students to the faculty, communicating any concerns (or successes) of the students as a whole. For prospective students the Ambassadors are available to answer questions about the DAT program from a student perspective. Feel free to reach out to any of these individuals with questions you may have about the DAT program!
Hi. I’m Ty Bigelow. I’m currently an athletic trainer at Villanova University where I care primarily for women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis student-athletes. I enjoy traveling and having the opportunity to explore new cities. When traveling, I am always looking for a good local coffee shop to enjoy a cup of coffee while getting work done. I am in my fifth year working in the collegiate setting. I enjoy being able to not only treat and rehabilitate patients but also to assist them with nutrition, sport performance, and mental/emotional health and well-being.
I started the Moravian Doctor of Athletic Training program in the summer of 2020. I am extremely passionate about athletic training and after completing my bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, I was still left wanting to do more. I hadn’t really considered a DAT program since I expected having to pick school or work; however, I was wrong.
Moravian’s DAT program checked all the boxes I was looking for in a program. I am able to continue my career while attending the program and completing the coursework. Dr. Ostrowski has done a great job bringing in faculty who are leaders in our profession to teach the courses. As I am always looking to advance my knowledge and skills, I recently enrolled in the new DAT-MBA dual degree. It is a perfect opportunity for me to learn more in a new area and prepare myself for an administrative position in athletic training and health care.
Please feel free to reach out if you would like additional insight from a current student’s perspective. I am more than happy to help.
I began my athletic training journey at the University of Southern Maine where I graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training Degree in 2013. I went on to receive my Masters of Science in Athletic Training Degree from Western Michigan University where I worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Vicksburg High School. After graduating in 2015, I took a full-time position at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida with the boys’ soccer program. While with boys' soccer, I had the opportunity to travel to England and Spain. Since beginning at IMG Academy, I have moved into a Senior Level Position and have transitioned to working with the varsity and national football teams. Currently, I am head football athletic trainer, traveling with the national team, and overseeing all football functions and workload management. I started the DAT Program at Moravian University in the Spring of 2021. I began looking for programs because I knew I wanted to eventually be a part of an educational program as I love teaching and mentoring students. I chose this program based on its clinical practice focus and am loving the value it brings to myself and my clinical practice.
My name is Pete Koeniges and I am the athletic trainer at Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, NJ. I have been working at Northern Highlands since 2002. I received my BS and M. Ed. from Springfield College in 1990 and 1996. I am married to my wife, Donna, and have two sons, Gus, a Freshman at Rutgers, and Matthew, a Freshman at Pascack Valley High School.
I began the DAT program in the spring of 2020. I chose Moravian because their program allows me to continue working my full-time job. I felt the curriculum would help me to improve as a preceptor for my Montclair State and Rowan students. I also loved the idea of having a summer institute to practice all of the skills I would research during the year. While at Moravian, I have met many great clinicians and appreciate the feedback and encouragement from the faculty. Participating in the Moravian DAT program has granted me increased confidence, understanding, and expanded my knowledge of the athletic training profession.
My name is Jillian Seamon and I have been a certified athletic trainer since 2012 when I graduated from the University of Delaware. I spent some time as a graduate assistant with the equestrian team at the University of Georgia before completing my master’s degree from East Stroudsburg University. I worked as an athletic trainer for five years at Arcadia University, just outside of Philadephia, PA, with main responsibilities for the field hockey, men's and women's swim, and men's lacrosse teams. I am now on the Sports Medicine team at St. Luke's University Health Network in Bethlehem PA, where my title is lead Athletic Trainer, but my job is more on the administration/leadership side and entails work to develop special projects and initiatives to enhance Sports Medicine business, coordinating various administrative takes and Sports Performance coaching. It is a unique role that nicely blends what I am learning in the DAT program.
I sought out a Doctor of Athletic Training because I realized I wanted to understand aspects of athletic training at a higher level so I could turn around and teach others. I want to make a difference in this profession and decided that pursuing a DAT would help me achieve my goals. What sold me on Moravian's DT program is that we, as students, can tailor our experience to our individual interests, with options for advanced study in areas such as entrepreneurship, emerging practice settings, leadership, education, and the opportunity for a "build-your-own" clinical practice course. Additionally, the courses are taught b the experts in each area, forming an all-star lineup of professors. Since starting the Moravian DAT program in the spring semester of 2020, I feel like I have already gained more knowledge than I ever thought possible and made new friends (despite the fact the program is all online and 2020 Summer Institute got canceled due to COVID-19).
I am originally from Hazelton, Pennsylvania, but now live in Conshohocken, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia (Go Eagles!). In addition to my job and being a student, I am also a nationally ranked weightlifter as a member of the East Coast Gold Weightlifting team. I come from a big, close-knit family, so in my free time, I enjoy spending time with them. I like cooking, enjoying nature, and watching HGTV. I look forward to serving as an ambassador for Moravian's DA program, both during my official time as a Student Ambassador and beyond.