Southern Virginia Hires New Athletic Trainer

Southern Virginia Hires New Athletic Trainer

Written by Chris Pendleton

BUENA VISTA, Va.—Amanda Hawkes this week joined Southern Virginia University’s athletics training staff, bringing the number of fulltime trainers to three.

Hawkes joins Chad Mahaffey and Paul Tobias in the university’s care for scholar-athletes. She will perform athletic training duties for volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s basketball and softball at Southern Virginia. She also will teach several physical education courses.

“We are thrilled to have Amanda join our athletics team,” said Winters. “She is highly qualified and will be a great asset to our 17 programs and more than 300 scholar-athletes who will play for the Knights this academic year.”

Hawkes comes to Southern Virginia from Brigham Young University where she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer from 2010 to 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 to 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 to 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 Timpview High School’s boy's soccer, boy's and girl's basketball, and track and field teams.

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 licensed athletic trainer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.