ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine athletics department has made several changes involving its athletic training staff.
Paul Culina, who has been at UMaine for 18 years, including several as the head trainer, is the new director of men’s and women’s hockey operations. He also will serve as trainer for the men’s ice hockey team.
Ryan Taylor has been named head athletic trainer, while Michelle Bowers and Kelleigh O’Neill join the staff as assistant athletic trainers.
“Paul has done a great job overseeing our athletic training department in the past and we look forward to his new position with our men’s and women’s ice hockey programs,” said Director of Athletics Steve Abbott.
“Ryan is a natural choice to oversee our athletic training staff and I am confident that he will do a great job in that role. He has tremendous knowledge of our overall operations, is a skilled athletic trainer, and his diverse background and experience will help make him a strong manager.”
Culina has served as the head athletic trainer at Maine since 2001. He worked with the men’s ice hockey team and did stints with the football, women’s ice hockey and baseball teams.
As director of hockey operations, Culina will be responsible for the coordination of all aspects for team budget and travel for the men’s and women’s programs.
“Paul is a very talented and dedicated professional, and we are thrilled that he will be expanding his role with our team,” said men’s ice hockey coach Tim Whitehead.
Taylor becomes the 10th head athletic trainer in Maine history. He will oversee all the day-to-day operations of the training program. The native of Willoughby, Ohio, has been at UMaine since 2007 where he has served as athletic trainer for the football program.
He will continue to work with the football team. He has also served with the swimming and diving programs.
Taylor previously was the head athletic trainer at UMaine-Presque Isle from 2004-2007. A 1992 graduate of the University of Toledo, he worked as a graduate assistant at Southern Illinois University. Upon his graduation, he worked as a head athletic trainer in St. Louis from 1994-2004.
Bowers will work primarily with the field hockey and men’s basketball teams. A native of Burlington, she received her B.S> in athletic training from Merrimack College in 2011. She obtained her master’s of science in athletic training from California University of Pennsylvania.
O’Neill begins her first season at Maine and will work with women’s soccer and women’s basketball programs. Originally from Westford, Mass., she completed her B.S> in athletic training at Springfield College in 2010. She garnered her master’s of science in human physiology-athletic training from the University of Oregon.