Chad Mahaffey
Chad Mahaffey
Title: Head Athletic Trainer
Phone: 540-261-8498
Email: chad.mahaffey@svu.edu

Chad Mahaffey has been the head athletic trainer at Southern Virginia University since 2005, overseeing atheltic training for the university's 17 athletic teams. He is also an assistant men's lacrosse coach and adjunct instructor of several 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
Paul Tobias
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 540-261-8496
Email: paul.tobias@svu.edu

Paul Tobias is an the athletic trainer for football, men's basketball, wrestling and baseball at Southern Virginia University. He is also an assistant wrestling coach and 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 is wife, Dominique, and their three children.

Amanda Hawkes
Amanda Hawkes
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 540-261-8497
Email: amanda.hawkes@svu.edu

Amanda Hawkes is the athletic trainer for volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s basketball and softball at Southern Virginia University. She is also an adjunct instructor of physical education.

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.