Renee Breault heads into her third school year at Saint Michael's in 2015-16, and her second as head athletic trainer after holding the position of associate head athletic trainer during her initial year. She is responsible for a four-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.
Chris Jones enters his second year as an athletic trainer at Saint Michael's in 2015-16.
Prior to joining the Saint Michael's Athletic Training staff, Jones worked for two years at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., being promoted to head athletic trainer during the 2013-14 school year while working with 18 Division III programs. He worked as a per diem in the department from May 2010 until joining the staff. Among his initiatives were pursuing new educational avenues regarding sexual assault, drug/alcohol abuse, and mental illness awareness for athletes.
In 2011, Jones worked as an athletic training intern in the Boston Red Sox' minor-league system with the Double-A Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs and the Triple-A Pawtucket (R.I.) Red Sox, implementing strength & conditioning programs among his many duties. He also gained prior experience at Rhinebeck (N.Y.) High School between 2009 and 2011 and at Coe-Brown Northwood (N.H.) Academy in 2012. As an undergraduate, Jones' clinical work came with University of New Hampshire football, gymnastics and soccer student-athletes, as well as students at Exeter (N.H.) High School.
A 2009 graduate of New Hampshire, Jones earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and is a Board of Certification (BOC) certified athletic trainer. Jones ran track at New Hampshire, ultimately volunteering with Bard in 2013 and helping the Raptors send their first qualifier ever to the NCAA Championship. Also a long-time amateur ski jumper and coach, Jones is a Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) Level 1 certified instructor.
Abigail Keough, a 2015 graduate of nearby University of Vermont, enters her first year as an athletic trainer at Saint Michael's with the 2015-16 school year.
Keough gained a vast amount of experience while studying in the UVM Athletic Training Education Program. She served in the spring as the head Athletic Training student at nearby Colchester High School, where she provided on-field evaluations and daily rehabilitation to student-athletes. In the fall of 2014, Keough worked at The EDGE in South Burlington, performing physical therapy for patients aged 9 to 90 years old, while also providing outreach athletic training services to non-student-athletes and club rugby members at Saint Michael's.
During spring 2014, Keough organized a symposium at UVM to educate medical students on the roles of athletic trainers in the field of sports medicine before serving as a teaching assistant the following fall in the Athletic Training education program. In 2013, Keough split the year working at the Division I and II levels as an on-site Athletic Training student. She worked exclusively in the spring with the women's lacrosse team at UVM before gaining experience during the fall semester at Saint Michael's, where she aided the field hockey and men's and women's ice hockey teams. She also worked at South Burlington High School in fall 2012. After graduating, Keough worked at nearby Norwich University in summer 2015 with the football team while assisting with preseason health screenings for all fall student-athletes.
A May 2015 graduate of UVM, Keough earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training. 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.
Shannon Burns returns for her second year as an athletic training intern at Saint Michael's in 2015-16 after graduating from nearby Castleton University in May 2014.
While becoming a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) as a college senior, Burns worked as a student athletic trainer with various sports for three years at Castleton. She gained additional athletic training experience at Fair Haven Union High School and has worked as a physical therapy aid in Fair Haven and her native New Jersey.
In addition to serving as the president of the Castleton Athletic Training Club during her final three semesters, Burns was a peer mentor, teaching assistant, student tutor, and a representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She played four years of field hockey, landing North Atlantic Conference (NAC) All-Conference honors three times. Burns, who made 11 career defensive saves, qualified for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad all four years.
Burns was inducted into Iota Tau Alpha, the athletic training education honor society, in 2011 and was recognized as the Castleton Athletic Training Student of the Year as a senior. In May 2014, she also earned the Mary Ellen Evans Award, annually given to Castleton's most outstanding female student-athlete who plays four year in one sport. A Dean's List student, Burns graduated magna cum laude with a degree in athletic training.