Lapole, Muth Promoted; Sports Medicine Staff Makes Three Additional Hires

Aug. 1, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Chris Lapole was promoted to the head athletic trainer of Marshall University athletics, while Jared Muth was promoted to be the head football trainer, Marshall University announced Monday.

“Being from the area, supporting Marshall as a kid and now working for the University is an honor for me,” Lapole said. “My whole family has gone here, so being here in this role is a dream come true.”

Lapole was hired by Marshall in July, 2014 as an associate athletic trainer for the men’s basketball program. Prior to that, he spent three years (2011-2014) at Morehead State University, where he served as the primary contact for football, while overseeing all aspects of the department. He served as the men’s basketball trainer and assisted with all aspects of the operation during his first year at MSU. Lapole has also spent nearly three years (2009-11) as a surgical first assistant and athletic trainer for Specialty Orthopaedics in Louisville, Ky., and 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds organization from 1999-08.

Muth joined the staff in 2015 as an assistant athletic trainer for football. Prior to that, he spent time at LSU, Memphis and Samford.

This comes in addition to the three hires of Amber Edwards and Sergio Valverde as assistant athletic trainers for football and Kerri Francis as the assistant athletic trainer for women’s soccer and track and field.

Edwards joins the staff after serving with an intern for the University of Texas from June 2016-17, while she earned her master’s at the University of Louisiana Monroe in Dec. 2016 and her bachelor’s at Troy University in May 2014. Valverde joins after working with the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, where he earned his master’s, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas in 2015. Francis joins after being the head athletic trainer for Bluefield State from 2002-17. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Marshall in 1999 and master’s in 2001.