Saturday, February 25, 2017

Stewart joins XU sports medicine staff

NEW ORLEANS — Nia Stewart has joined the Xavier University of Louisiana sports medicine staff as an athletic trainer. She will work primarily with XULA teams in volleyball, women's basketball and men's and women's tennis, plus the spirit groups.

The XULA trainer positions are part of the partnership between XULA Athletics and Ochsner Health System's sports medicine division. XULA's other athletic trainer is Mark Armour, a member of the staff since July 2015.

Stewart has been an Ochsner athletic trainer since August 2015. Before that she served two seasons as an intern athletic trainer with the New Orleans VooDoo of the Arena Football League.

Stewart's certifications are NASE Level II Certified Speed Specialist, Louisiana Licensed Athletic Trainer, NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer and American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers.

"Nia will be a great addition to our sports medicine team. The management team at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute is the 'best of the best' and has provided us with several very qualified candidates," said XULA Director of Athletics & Recreation Jason Horn. "Athletic trainers are a vital part of our operation, and Nia has great experience plus she has the insight of being a former student-athlete. We look forward to her working with several of our teams and spirit groups."

Stewart received her bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she was a four-year letterwinner in women's track and field, set school records indoors in the 55- and 60-meter dashes and was a Southland Conference runner-up in the long jump. Stewart received her master's degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.

Stewart replaces Allison Wood, who departed XULA in January to become head athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Dodgers' two teams in the Dominican Summer League.

XULA teams compete in the NAIA as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

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