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 athletic training for the university's 17 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
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 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.

Marian Gowdy
Marian Gowdy
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 540-261-8497
Email: marian.dougherty@svu.edu

Marian Gowdy enters her first year as a member of the Southern Virginia Athletic Training Staff.

In June 2015, Gowdy graduated with a BS 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. 

Lindsay Harper
Lindsay Harper
Title: Athletic Trainer
Phone: 540-261-8497
Email: lindsay.harper@svu.edu

Lindsay Harper enters her first year as a member of the Southern Virginia Athletic Training Staff.

Harper graduated from BYU in December 2014 with a B.S. in Athletic Training. While there she worked with track & field, women's gymnastics, and women's soccer.
She grew up in Hockessin, Delaware and is married to Mario Harper.