South Plains College offers a chance for students interested in sports medicine to gain hands on experience with a college sports team. The athletic training staff at South Plains has constructed an internship program where students will learn from the Head Athletic Trainer and Texas Tech graduate student athletic trainers. Each athletic training student will have a structured rotation with different collegiate teams to gain athletic training experience.
Will Kelly begins his first season as the head athletic trainer for the South Plains College Texans and Lady Texans.
A native of Allen, Texas, Will'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. Additionally, Kelly will teach classes in the physical education department.
Prior to being hired at South Plains College, Will was the athletic trainer for the Texas Tech Red Raider track and field team where he was responsible for the evaluation and treatment of his athletes as well as mentoring athletic training students working under his supervision.
Kelly has also recently worked at the Lubbock Sports Medicine clinic and during the summers of 2011 and 2013 served as an intern for the Baltimore Ravens.
A 2014 graduate of the Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Kelly is an active member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association.
Kelli Henderson - Asst. Athletic Trainer - 1st Season
Kelli Henderson begins her first season at South Plains College where she will assist Will Kelly in the Athletic Training program.
Henderson earned a Master of Athletic Training from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in May 2014. While working toward her advanced degree she participated in more than 1,000 hours of clinical rotations that included stints at Monterey High School, Friendship High School, Zach's Club, and the Texas Tech baseball and softball teams.
Before moving to Lubbock, Henderson was a student-athlete at the University of Northern Colorado located in Greeley, Colo. As a member of the Lady Bear softball program, Henderson was a team captain who took a leadership role in helping recruit potential student athletes when they made on-campus visits.