Michigan Football Support Staff: Medicine/Athletic Training

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Dave Granito

Senior Football Athletic Trainer

David Granito is in his first season as the Head Athletic Trainer for Michigan football. Granito serves as the primary medical contact for the football program and works to deliver comprehensive health care and lifetime wellness services for the football program.

Since 2003, Granito has served as an assistant athletic trainer with the New England Patriots, where he provided the highest level of integrated sports medicine to all members of the team, staff and football community. He was an associate athletic trainer for the Patriots organization for one season (2002-03) before moving into the role he held for the final 14 years.

Granito spent the 2001-02 season as an associate athletic trainer with the New York Giants and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at West Virginia University for three years (1999-2001).

He is a member of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Granito earned his master's degree in athletic training from WVU in 2001 and received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Kean College in 1999.

Granito and his wife, Melissa Meszaros, reside in Canton.

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Phil Johnson

Football Athletic Trainer

Phil Johnson is in his 16th year with the Michigan football program, working in the role of associate head athletic trainer. He began working with the football team following a year of service to U-M with the track and field and field hockey teams. Johnson is responsible for the daily prevention, treatment and management of athletic injuries as well as assisting in the coordination of all the health needs of the student-athletes.

Johnson did his undergraduate work at the University of Iowa where he worked with a number of athletic teams during his four years. Upon completion of his bachelor of science degree in exercise science at Iowa in 1997, Johnson became a certified athletic trainer. He did his graduate work at Penn State University, working with the women's soccer, men's gymnastics, ice hockey and rugby teams. He earned a master of science degree in kinesiology in 1999.

During the summer of 1998, Johnson completed an internship with the New York Jets. Following graduate school, he returned during the 1999-2000 season as a full-time intern with the Jets, where he assisted with the daily operation of the medical staff.

Johnson is American Red Cross certified in Professional Rescuer CPR. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainer's Society.

Johnson and his wife, Meghan, reside in Ypsilanti with their daughters, Grace and Josephine.

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Jason Williams

Football Athletic Trainer

Jason Williams is in the midst of his second season as a Football Athletic Trainer with the University of Michigan football program after earning the appointment in May of 2015. Prior to his return to Ann Arbor, Williams spent one season with the Florida State program in the same capacity.

Williams' responsibilities include delivering comprehensive health care, emergency management and human performance enhancement for the Wolverine program. He previously served with the program as an athletic training student, earning his bachelor's of science degree in athletic training from U-M.

Upon graduation, Williams earned a master of science degree in athletic training from Michigan State University, working as a graduate athletic trainer and graduate student instructor with the MSU program and College of Education until his graduation in 2014.