Katie Edens begins her first year as the head athletic trainer for the South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans.
A native of Rochester, Minn., Katie's primary responsibilities include direct care of Texan and Lady Texan student-athletes, supervision of student athletic trainers, as well as management and administration of the athletic training room.
Prior to being hired at South Plains, Edens spent two years with Lubbock Sports Medicine while also working towards a Master's degree in Athletic Training at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, which she finished in May, 2012.
Edens is a 2006 graduate of Bemidji State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, specializing in mathematics and coaching. She spent time as a teacher in Washington and her home state of Minnesota prior to entering the field of athletic training.
Mercedes Vasquez is the daughter of Pete and Ophelia Vasquez from New Deal, TX. She graduated from New Deal High School. She has an older brother, Joshua, a younger sister, Veronica and a younger brother, Zachary. She loves to watch the Dallas Cowboys play football, hang with family and friends, shopping and texting. She was inspired by her high school Athletic Trainer to go into a career in Sports Medicine. Mercedes will be workingwith the cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field teams.