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Meet Michael VanGilder

"But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve." Matthew 20:26-28

Mr. Michael VanGilder joins ETBU’s staff as an Assistant Athletic Trainer within the Athletics Department with two years of experience as a Certified Athletic Trainer, and seven years working in the Athletic Training field. He initially began his Athletic Training career as a Student Athletic Training Aid for two years at Dover High School (Dover, Ohio). He followed this with three years as an Athletic Training at Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, Ohio), and has worked since 2017 in various roles at ETBU.

For the 2017-18 academic year, he served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, while completing his graduate degree. During the 2018-19 year he was promoted into an Intern Athletic Trainer position. In the Spring of 2019 he additionally served as an adjunct instructor in the Kinesiology department teaching the course Lifetime Fitness. 

Mr. VanGilder completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Baldwin-Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. While there, he dual majored in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. He completed his Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology from East Texas Baptist University. He passed the Board of Certification, Inc. exam for athletic trainers, to certify him as a Certified Athletic Trainer in May of 2017, then completed the Texas requirements to become a Licensed Athletic Trainer through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in August of 2017. His primary sports duties have been to ETBU’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, while also aiding with Football, Ice Hockey, and Men’s & Women’s Soccer as needed at different times.