Jason graduated from Kalamazoo Christian High School in Kalamazoo, MI in 1997. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Central College in 2001. While in college he worked with numerous collegiate athletes while also competing on the Men’s Soccer team.
He went on to receive his Masters of Science in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. While at Indiana State Jason solidified his love of working with High School athletes by being one of the Athletic Trainers assigned to West Vigo High School in West Terre Haute.
Jason began his professional career in 2002 in Mattoon IL where he was the head athletic trainer at Mattoon High School. While in Mattoon Jason worked with all of the athletes at the high school and worked directly with the Orthopedic Surgeons at the local hospital. In 2008, he moved to the Quad Cities and became the head athletic trainer for Pleasant Valley High School. In 2012 Jason was hired by Rock Valley Physical Therapy but continued to work at PVHS. In 2015 Jason was named Director of Athletic Training Services for Rock Valley Physical Therapy working directly with local Athletic Directors and schools to ensure quality athletic training and sports medicine service to many school districts in the Quad Cities. Since being name Director of Athletic Training Services he has helped Rock Valley PT grow from providing services to 6 high schools in the Quad Cities region to now 19 schools across Iowa and Illinois from the Quad Cities to Des Moines. Jason was elected in 2016 to the Secretary position in the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society (IATS) handling communication for the state wide organization. In 2018 he was elected President-Elect for IATS and will take over as President in March of 2020. Jason will represent Iowa’s athletic trainers at the district level which includes seven states helping to advance the profession of athletic training and safety and well-being of athletes at all levels.
When asked what his favorite part of being an athletic trainer has been, Jason responded: “The opportunity to make an impact on young people and to help them reach a dream when a road block has been put in their way.” Also, “improving the health care and safety for high school athletes across the state with my role in the Iowa Athletic Trainers’ Society by helping to pass better concussion laws and working with the IHSAA and IGHSAU on increasing safety and health care availability to all Iowa high school athletes.”
Jason and his wife, Carrie, have been married for nineteen years and have two sons Connor (age 12) and Cody (age 9). They live in rural DeWitt where Carrie is a Language Arts and Speech teacher at Central DeWitt High School.