Chad Mahaffey has been the head athletic trainer at Southern Virginia University since 2005, overseeing athletic training for the university's 22 athletic teams. He is also an adjunct instructor of physical education courses.
Mahaffey came to Southern Virginia from Brigham Young University where he served as a graduate assistant trainer for the Cougars’ 2004 track and field season. He also served as the first assistant athletic trainer for the BYU football team in 2003.
Prior to his time at BYU, Mahaffey gained athletic training experience working with several organizations, including the San Francisco 49ers (2003), the New York Jets (2002), the Utah Iron Man Triathlon (2001) and the Junior Olympics Volleyball Tournament (2001).
Mahaffey has a B.S. in athletic training and master's degree in sports medicine from BYU. He is certified in First Aid, CPR and AED, is a certified member of the National Athletic Training Association and is a licensed athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Buena Vista with their four children.
Paul Tobias is the athletic trainer for football, men's basketball, wrestling and baseball at Southern Virginia University. He is also an adjunct instructor of physical education.
Tobias came to Southern Virginia in 2004 from Campbell University where he worked closely as student athletic trainer with men's soccer, men's basketball and softball. He was also a member of Campbell’s wrestling team in 1998 before serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paraguay.
Tobias has a B.S. in athletic training and B.A. in Spanish from Campbell and completed a master’s degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy in 2010. He is certified in First Aid, CPR and AED is a certified member of the National Athletic Training Association, and is a licensed athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Paul resides in Buena Vista with his wife, Dominique, and their three children.
Marian Gowdy enters her third year as a member of the Southern Virginia Athletic Training Staff.
In June 2015, Gowdy graduated with a B.S. in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University. While attending BYU she worked with the softball and track and field teams as well as with the Mountain View High School wrestling team.
Marian married Greg Gowdy during the summer of 2016.
Amanda Hawkes is a athletic trainer at Southern Virginia University.
Hawkes returns to the Knights' training staff after three-years as the head athletic trainer and teacher at Alahmbra High School, in Martinez, Calif. Earned NATA first-team Safe Sports School Award.
She served previously at Southern Virginia as an adjunct instructor of physical education, as well as athletic trainer from July 2011 to May 2015.
Prior to joining Southern Virginia’s athletic training staff in August 2011, Hawkes served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Brigham Young University from August 2010 to April 2011. During that time, Hawkes supervised and instructed undergraduate athletic training students in addition to her training duties for BYU’s cheer squad, mascots and women’s volleyball team.
After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines from 2005-2007, Hawkes was a coordinator and lead teacher at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah where she taught Tagalog to outgoing missionaries from 2008-2010.
Hawkes has a B.S. and M.S. in athletic training from BYU. As an undergraduate, she worked closely with the Cougar's football, men's basketball, baseball, softball and women's tennis teams as well as boy's soccer, boy's and girl's basketball and track and field at Timpview High School.
Hawkes holds multiple athletic certifications, including First Aid, Lifeguard, CPR, AED and EMT-B. She is a certified member of the National Athletic Training Association and is a licensed athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
She resides in Buena Vista, Va.