Apr 1, 2016Diamondbacks Hire Their First Female Athletic Trainer
The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Kelly Boyce as an athletic trainer for their entry in the Arizona Rookie League, making her the first female to hold an athletic training position in the organization’s 18-year history. According to a press release from Boyce’s previous employer, Mesa Community College, the minor league team consists of first-year players who are drafted in June. She had previously served as intern for the organization during extended Spring Training.
“This has been my dream job for a long time,” Boyce said. “The Diamondbacks are an amazing organization and I can’t say enough good things about the staff and athletes. They have been incredibly welcoming, and I’m beyond excited to be a part of an organization that cares about their athletes and co-workers as much as they do. Everyone makes a big deal about me being a female getting hired but I truly just feel like one of the guys doing my job, and they all treat me that way. I feel like I have the best job in the world.”
At Mesa Community College, Boyce tended to spend her autumns working with the women’s volleyball program and her springs working with baseball.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Kelly for the last two years,” Marty Parel, Head Athletic Trainer at Mesa Community College said. “Her passion for the athletic training profession and the sport of baseball has shaped her to deliver excellent patient-centered care for our student athletes.”
Boyce said she learned a great deal during her time at Mesa, and she was grateful to the people who mentored her while she was there.
“The relationships I have gained with my fellow athletic trainers, athletes, and coaches, those are the things that will stick with me forever, so thank you to everyone at MCC,” Boyce said.