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Joan Couch
Player Profile:
Joan Couch 1748746
Position: Associate Head Athletic Trainer
Hometown: Newark, Del.
Alma Mater: Delaware
Graduating Year: 1979
Major: Athletic Training
Experience: 32 Years

Sport Assignments: Men's Lacrosse; Men's & Women's Tennis; Women's Cross Country, Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field (Fall)

Joan Couch begins her 32nd year on the University of Delaware athletic training staff in 2014-15. After six years as an assistant, Couch was promoted to associate head athletic trainer in 1988 and has served in that role for 26 years. 

Couch joined the UD staff in 1982 after serving as a volunteer athletic trainer and substitute health and physical education teacher at Cape Henlopen High School. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training.

She was the first Athletic Trainer for Cecil Community College before receiving her Master’s Degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1982. From 1982 -1990, Couch served on the Executive Committee for the Delaware Athletic Trainers Association (DATA) including President from 1986-1988.

She also worked with the football team through 2004 when the team won the National Championship. Currently she works closely with the UD men's lacrosse team as the squad's head athletic trainer and has provided medical care for teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 (Final Four), 2010, and 2011. Other responsibilities include supervision of the DFH Athletic Training Room and Coordinator of the Drug Testing Program.

Couch was the first Athletic Trainer member of the State Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, and was elected as the Vice-Chairperson at the end of that period.

She was inducted into DATA Hall of Fame in 2005 and was honored in June 2007 by the NATA with the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Service Award for contributions to the athletic training profession and to the association.

While a student at Delaware, Couch (then Joan Molaison) was an outstanding athlete in field hockey for the Blue Hens.

Couch resides in Newark

Updated 6/10/15


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