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Associate Head Athletic Trainer
Joan Couch begins her 30th year on the University of Delaware athletic training staff in 2012-13. After six years as an assistant, Couch was promoted to Associate Head Athletic Trainer in 1988.
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 works closely with the UD men's lacrosse team as the squad's head athletic trainer and has treated teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2007 (Final Four) and 2010.
Recently Couch has been involved with the Delaware Athletic Trainers Association (DATA) legislative impact committee to improve the functioning of athletic trainers in the work place. This directly corresponds with the increased accreditation standards of athletic training educational programs.
She was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in August, 1979 and went on to receive her master's degree in sports medicine from the United States Sports Academy.
In addition to her experience at Cape Henlopen, Couch served as a high school advisor to all high school trainers in the area surrounding the U.S. Sports Academy, where she also was a physical therapy aide. Prior to that she was athletic trainer and the head softball coach at nearby Cecil Community College in Elkton, Md.
While a student at Delaware, Couch (then Joan Molaison) was an outstanding athlete in field hockey and softball for the Blue Hens.
She holds professional memberships in the NATA and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance a license to practice athletic training in Delaware.
She was inducted into DATA Hall of Fame in 2005 and was honored in June, 2007 by the NATA with a National Athletic Trainer Award for contributions to the athletic training profession and to the association.
She previously served as a member of the Delaware State Examining Board of Physical Therapists and also served as president and secretary-treasurer of the DATA.
She previously was a Girl Scout leader and was active running the Newark Girl's Youth Lacrosse Club.
Couch resides in Newark with her daughters, Erin and Megan, who both attend the University of Delaware.
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