Phillip Rahr was hired as Keuka College’s assistant athletic trainer in August of 2014. Rahr will assist head athletic trainer Jeff Bray with the day-to-day training needs of Keuka College’s student-athletes, and he will works both home and away contests for the Wolves intercollegiate athletics teams.
Rahr, who graduated from Keuka College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is a certified athletic trainer who has been certified by the Board of Certification.
“I think that Keuka College has always been a great place to learn and now I am looking forward to this being a great place to work,” said Rahr, 29, a native of Canisteo, N.Y.
“The things we’re doing as a community with the athletics program right now is really exciting. This is a place where I can take the lessons I’ve learned in athletic training over the last seven years since I graduated, and bring those skills to the student-athletes at the College. I am excited to help out and give back to our student-athletes."
Previously, Rahr was the athletic trainer at the Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep academy in Minnesota, where he worked with soccer and hockey players and traveled all over Europe with the hockey team.
In both 2011 and 2012, Rahr traveled with and was a trainer for the under-18 boys teams that captured gold medals at the USA Hockey national championships.
Rahr, who also has assisted the athletic training staff at Bucknell (Pa.) University, received his master’s degree in athletic training from Shenandoah (Va.) University.
“The main lessons I’ve learned from my previous experiences is that it’s important to do things the right way, all the time,” Rahr said. “Whether you’re working with someone who could be an NHL Rookie of the Year, someone who will play throughout college or someone who is playing intramurals, it is important to do things the right way and give them all equal treatment and care.”
While he was in Keuka Park, Rahr completed a Field Period ™ with Finger Lakes Orthopedics in Elmira, and also served as a student athletic trainer under Bray. Rahr said it was Bray who ignited his passion for working in athletic training.
“Jeff took me in right away, got me interested in this field and got me started as a student athletic trainer,” Rahr said. “I was always interested in sports medicine, but I didn’t really know what athletic training was until I came to campus. I really liked medicine and being involved with athletic teams, and I knew I wanted to do something that combined those two passions. It’s really impressive to see how far the athletic training program has come since I was on campus. This will be a good fit.”