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Chris  Lapole
Chris Lapole

Athletic Trainer

Alma Mater:
Marshall '98


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

Chris Lapole and Jared Muth were promoted within the Sports Medicine department, while it made three additional hires


Marshall vs. Western Kentucky

Feb. 13, 2016

Chris Lapole was named an Associate Athletic Trainer at Marshall in July 2014 and is entering his second season as the athletic trainer for the Thundering Herd men’s basketball program.

Lapole 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.

Prior to arriving at Morehead State, Lapole spent nearly three years (2009-11) as a surgical first assistant and athletic trainer for Specialty Orthopaedics in Louisville, Ky.

Lapole previously spent 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds organization, serving as athletic trainer for the Billings Mustangs (1999), Clinton Lumberkings (2000), Mudville Nine (2001), Stockton Ports (2002), Potomac Cannons (2003), Chattanooga Lookouts (2004) and Louisville Bats (2005-08).

Lapole worked four Major League Spring Trainings with the Reds and joined the big league club each September during his Triple-A years. He also worked the Arizona Fall League in 2006 and was honored as the International League’s Trainer of the Year in 2008.

In addition to his accolades, Lapole was invited to two All-Star Games as a trainer. He worked the Double-A Southern League contest in 2004 and Triple-A International League affair in 2008.

Lapole earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Marshall in 1998. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in wellness promotion and sport science at MSU. He also earned an orthopedic technologist certification in 2006 and surgical first assistant certification in 2008.

A native of Huntington, W.Va., Lapole is a member of three professional associations -- National Surgical Assistants (NSAA), National Orthopaedic Technologists (NAOT) and National Athletic Trainers (NATA).