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Michigan Football Support Staff: Athletic Medicine

Paul Schmidt photo Paul Schmidt
Assistant Athletic Director/Head Football Athletic Trainer
   Paul Schmidt is in his 21st year as Supervisor of Athletic Training at the University of Michigan. He was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in Fall 2004.
   Schmidt, who is in his 28th year at Michigan, served as the assistant football trainer for five years. He was a graduate assistant at Michigan from 1983-85 prior to gaining a promotion to a full-time position with the Wolverines in 1986.
   An Eagle Scout and graduate of Fremont (Ohio) Ross H.S., Schmidt graduated from Ohio State in 1983 with a B.S. in physical therapy. He earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from Michigan in 1985.
   Schmidt oversees the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for all U-M student-athletes. He coordinates a staff of 14 full-time, three graduate assistants and 45 student trainers. He serves as a liaison between Michigan coaches, athletes, parents and the Wolverine medical staff.
   He is a member of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association, the Michigan Athletic Trainer's Society and the National Athletic Trainer's Association. Schmidt was honored for his dedication to the department in 2001, becoming an "Honorary 'M' Man."
   Schmidt and his wife, Angela, reside in Saline with their daughters Sarah Michelle and Rachel Christine.


Phil Johnson photo Phil Johnson
Football Athletic Trainer
   Phil Johnson is in his 11th year as the assistant athletic trainer with the Michigan football program following a year with the track and field and field hockey teams. He 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.


Lenny Navitskis photo Lenny Navitskis
Football Athletic Trainer
   Lenny Navitskis is in his fifth season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Michigan football program. He came to Ann Arbor after spending six years at the University of Georgia. Navitskis worked with the Bulldogs' football program after completing a graduate assistantship.
   A 2000 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Master's of Education in exercise & sports science, he was named Assistant Athletic Trainer in June 2000. Navitskis was a part time instructor in the department of Kinesiology in the Athletic Training Education Program at Georgia. He also worked in the student athletic training program, serving as a staff advisor to the UGA sports medicine club and as a clinical instructor in the education program.
   Navitskis received his Bachelor's degree in health sciences from James Madison University in 1995. He was an athletic trainer with several high schools in the Baltimore, Md., area, before accepting a position as an athletic trainer at Pfeiffer University, a Division II school in North Carolina.
   A certified and licensed member of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, Navitskis completed the NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist examination.
   Lenny and his wife, Amy, reside in Whitmore Lake with their son, Michael.


Vahan Agbabian photo Vahan Agbabian
Rehabilitation Specialist
   Vahan Agbabian is in his 13th year as the rehabilitation specialist for the Michigan football program. He is responsible for assisting the staff in the rehabilitation of athletic related injuries. Agbabian is in his 20th year as a clinical athletic trainer at MedSport.
   Agbabian received his bachelor of arts degree from Albion College in 1984 and his master of arts degree from Western Michigan University in 1986. Agbabian is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and Michigan Athletic Trainers Society. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Ann Arbor with their daughter, Ani, and son, Alexander.


Greg Harden photo Greg Harden
Associate Athletic Director/Director of Athletic Counseling
   Greg Harden is in his 16th year as the Director of Athletic Counseling and his sixth year as Associate Athletic Director. Harden has been affiliated with the U-M Athletic Department since 1986 when he began working with the department as a staff consultant and student-athlete personal development program counselor.
   He has been instrumental in aiding the athletic department in the design and implementation of the student and staff development strategies. Harden's collaborative style and efforts have helped to strengthen the athletic department's connection with the larger university community.
   Harden is President of Power One Performance, Inc. providing performance coaching to corporate executives, professional athletes and community leaders. He was President of Unlimited Access Educational Services (UAES), a non-profit organization. He has also served as Senior Vice President of Associated Consultation and Training, Inc. (ACT) and Executive Director of Leaders in Prevention.
   Harden received both his BGS and master's degrees from the University of Michigan. He resides in Ann Arbor with his wife Shelia. They have three childen: Brian, Victor and Olivia.


Joel Totoro photoJoel Totoro
Team Nutritionist
   Bio to come.


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