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.
Kalli Barrett joined the Saint Michael's Athletic Training staff as a full-time intern beginning in the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. She is a 2015 graduate of the nearby University of Vermont.
Barrett comes to Saint Michael's after serving as an athletic training intern in fall 2015 at Division I Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala., where she worked exclusively with the men's and women's cross country and track & field and women's volleyball teams.
As an undergraduate, Barrett accrued a vast amount of experience while studying in the UVM Athletic Training Education Program. She worked in winter 2014-15 as an on-site Athletic Training student with the Saint Michael's men's and women's basketball programs. In the fall of 2014, Barrett worked at Fairfax Family Physical Therapy, performing physical therapy and completing multiple administrative duties, while also devoting time as a field hockey volunteer assistant coach for nearby Rice Memorial High School.
During summer 2014, Barrett was an Athletic Training student for the various Saint Michael's instructional youth camps, where she provided on-site care for more than 300 participants ages 6 to 17. Barrett served as an athletic trainer the previous spring at Rice Memorial, overseeing six programs, including four varsity squads and the prep ice hockey teams. Barrett's initial on-site experience came at UVM, where she spent spring 2013 working with the men's soccer and men's and women's outdoor track & field teams.
A May 2015 graduate of UVM, Barrett 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, Barrett was a four-year member of the UVM field hockey team, where she was recognized three times on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) National Academic Squad, while qualifying twice for both the America East Academic Honor Roll and the Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
Barrett was also involved in the Student Athletic Medicine Society at UVM, serving as vice president her junior year. Outside of school, she was a medical volunteer in 2014 for the Vermont City Marathon and the America East Track & Field Championships.