Professor Alan Maynard is a nationally certified and Vermont state licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC). After graduating from Canisius College with dual majors in athletic training and physical education, he was awarded a graduate assistantship at the University of Virginia. There he completed his M.Ed. in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine while providing athletic training services for the field hockey and lacrosse teams for UVA Athletics. He also taught undergraduate lectures and labs as well as provided patient care alongside physical therapists at the McCue Center Sports Medicine Clinic. His thesis from Virginia was entitled: The Effect of Isotonic Knee Flexion Exercise on Anterior Tibial Displacement. With a desire to continue to work with elite athletes as well as teach athletic training students, he went to the University of Tampa. There he helped develop the now CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP).
While in Tampa, he also served as health athletic trainer for the very successful programs in UT Athletics. He was the certified athletic trainer for the baseball team that won the NCAA College World Series in 1998; the men’s basketball team who played in the NCAA Final Four in 2000; and for the men’s soccer team that won the NCAA national championship in 2001. From Tampa, Professor Maynard came to the University of Vermont as a certified athletic trainer working in the Athletic Medicine Department, which is a division of the Center for Health and Well Being. Soon after arriving at UVM, Professor Maynard moved into the faculty role of Director of Athletic Training Education. After 15 years of leading a very successful Athletic Training Program, he transitioned into courses that were closer to his passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Having participated in and lead numerous initiatives for inclusive excellence at UVM, the marriage of his background in health care and his passion for inclusive practice created an opportunity to teach in the area of public health. Teaching about racism and health disparities has generated an impactful learning experience for students across campus while also providing him great satisfaction.