Renee Breault heads into her fifth school year at Saint Michael's in 2017-18, and her fourth as head athletic trainer after holding the position of associate head athletic trainer during her initial year. She is responsible for a multi-person staff and numerous student interns, as well as managing the athletic training coverage of the Purple Knights' 21 Division II programs.
Breault came to Saint Michael's from nearby Johnson State College, where she was the head athletic trainer for seven school years, as well as serving as the senior woman administrator and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) adviser for two. At Johnson State, Breault was responsible for the evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of student-athletes from 12 Division III programs, and oversaw a staff that included an assistant and students. A National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer, Breault is also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Woman Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).
Breault was previously a clinical athletic trainer at the Sports and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Center in Colchester for three years while working as the head athletic trainer at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho for the 2005-06 school year. In a prior stint at Johnson State, Breault was a graduate assistant athletic trainer from August 2001 until March 2004, as well as the head softball coach between the 2003 and 2005 seasons. She returned to assist the program in 2012 and 2013.
Breault earned a master's degree in exercise science with a specialization in performance enhancement from California University of Pennsylvania in 2007 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Lyndon State College in 2001.
Abigail Keough enters her third year as an athletic trainer at Saint Michael's with the 2017-18 school year. She is the second-most senior member of a multi-person staff that works with the Purple Knights' 21 Division II programs, and provides care to numerous teams. Keough also serves as a clinical preceptor to multiple University of Vermont student athletic trainers.
Keough gained a vast amount of experience while studying in the Athletic Training Education Program at nearby UVM. During this time she provided care to athletes at South Burlington High School, UVM, The EDGE Physical Therapy in South Burlington, Colchester High School and Saint Michael's.
After graduating, Keough worked as an intern at nearby Norwich University in summer 2015 with the football team while assisting with preseason training and health screenings for all fall student-athletes.
A 2015 graduate of UVM, Keough earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training. In the spring of 2016, Keough earned her EMT-B certification. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and is a Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainer. As an undergraduate, Keough was a member of UVM's Alpine skiing club, Ski and Snowboard Club, and the Student Athletic Medicine Society. Outside of school, she was a medical volunteer for two Vermont City Marathons and for the 2014 Massachusetts Bay State Games.
Both of Keough's parents, Edward Jr. '82 and Nan Jane '82, are Saint Michael's alums.
A familiar face at Saint Michael's, Kayla Ciampa heads into her first year as a full-time member of the Athletic Training staff in 2017-18. Ciampa was an interim athletic trainer at the College for much of the 2016-17 school year and completed a clinical rotation in spring 2016 during her undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont.
In the months following her graduation from UVM in May 2016, Ciampa was a certified athletic trainer at Northwestern Orthopaedics in Saint Albans. In addition to completing a stint at Saint Michael's while an undergraduate, Ciampa spent time with the Rehab Gym in Williston and finished rotations at UVM, Colchester High School and Mount Mansfield Union High School. In summer 2016, she traveled to Huancayo, Peru, with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children to help provide healthcare access to underprivileged and medically underserved families.
Ciampa earned a degree from UVM in Athletic Training education while minoring in nutrition and food science. She was a research associate in trauma physiology through the UVM Medical Center Emergency Department throughout her senior year and has gained volunteer experience at such events as the 2015 Vermont City Marathon in Burlington.