Team Lead Athletic Trainer
Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center/James Madison University Recreation
Scott Powers received his undergraduate degree in athletic training with a health minor from North Dakota State University and completed his Master of Sciences from James Madison University. Scott currently is the Team Lead Athletic Trainer for Sentara RMH Orthopedics and Sports medicine. Currently working with athletic training services at James Madison University Recreation in Harrisonburg Va. Scott has worked in the clinical and secondary school environments. Athletic training has allowed him to work with several international sports teams in many different countries. Scott spent time self-employed with orthopedic and surgical sales, as well as working in an orthopedic office as a physician extender.
Scott resides in Dayton with his wife Pam and their sons, Justin, Jake, Josh, and Jason. Return to Executive Council page.
Chris Jones, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer
University of Richmond
M.S. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware (2000)
B.S. in Sports Medicine from Ursinus College (1998)
Chris joined the University of Richmond Sports Medicine Staff in 2002 as Head Football Athletic Trainer, where he coordinates year-round health care for the football team as a clinical athletic trainer. He was promoted to Director of Sports Medicine in 2006 and Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in 2012. In his role as Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine he supervises eleven certified athletic trainers, one healthcare insurance coordinator, and coordinates UR’s athlete-centered multi-disciplinary healthcare delivery system for UR Student-Athletes in conjunction with University of Richmond Team Physicians and multiple other allied healthcare providers and specialist. He also serves as a preceptor for multiple athletic training education programs.
Previous to joining the UR Sports Medicine Staff, he served as the Head Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Findlay in 2002. Chris also had the opportunity to serve as Seasonal Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New York Jets from 2000 to 2001, after completing his graduate assistantship.
While performing his graduate work for the University of Delaware, Chris severed as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Villanova University, where he worked primarily with the Wildcat Football and Baseball Teams. He also has experience in Major League Baseball, where he completed an athletic training internship with the Philadelphia Phillies in the summer of 1999 through the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.
Chris is NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has completed USA Weightlifting Olympic Club Coach Course. He has completed advanced training in soft tissue mobilization through Active Release Technique and Graston Technique Courses. Chris is an American Health & Safety Institute CPR and First Aid Instructor. He is also licensed to practice athletic training through the Virginia Board of Medicine. Chris currently serves as the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Most Outstanding Athletic Trainer Committee’s District three representative and the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Region two representative. Chris participated in the 2nd NCAA Football Safety in College Football Summit. He has previously served on the NCAA focus group on excess insurance in intercollegiate athletics. Chris has presented at multiple state and national conferences on various Sports Medicine topics.
Matt Gage, PhD, LAT, ATC
Matt Gage began serving as the Past President in January of 2018. He currently is a Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
He earned his Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa with minors in athletic training, coaching, and math in 1997. In 1998, Matt received his Masters’ degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Sports Management from Eastern Kentucky University. Upon completing his masters’ he returned to the University of Northern Iowa to serve as assistant athletic trainer for seven years. During his tenure at Northern Iowa he also taught athletic training courses and served as the clinical coordinator for two years. After working clinically for seven years, he pursued a PhD in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Brigham Young University in 2009.
Upon completion of his PhD, Matt was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University. He also served as the Director of the Applied Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Center.
Dr. Gage has presented his research at many district and national conferences. He currently has 5 published manuscripts. Dr. Gage’s primary research interest is studying “how the core musculature effects lower extremity injuries”.
Dr. Gage has held the following positions within the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association since moving to Virginia.
Time Frame VATA Positions Held
2013-2015 Student Affairs Committee/ Quiz Bowl Chairperson
2018- Present Past President
Matt Gage is originally from New Hampton, Iowa. He has been married to Michel K. Gage, MS, LAT, ATC since 1997, they are the proud parents of Tanner & Tyson Gage. Tanner will be attending the United States Naval Academy while Tyson will be a sophomore year at Jefferson Forest High School beginning in the Fall of 2018.
Lida Pitsch, PhD, LAT, ATC, LPTA, PES
Owner-Athletic Training & Rehab Solutions
Capital Home Healthcare- LPTA
George Mason University- Adjunct Professor
Lida Thanarak Pitsch is a certified athletic trainer through the NATA and licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. She is also licensed as a physical therapist assistant in the state of Virginia. Physical therapy experiences include outpatient and home health services with a patient age population that spans from 3-103 years old in orthopedic, cardiac, amputees, neurological, viral and disease impairments, burns, and the general deconditioned population. Certified athletic training experiences includes working for various youth leagues, George Mason University, and Loudoun County Public Schools as a certified athletic trainer, assistant athletic trainer and head athletic trainer. Combine experience of physical therapy assistant and athletic training spans over 15 years. She holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy Assistant, Bachelors Degree in Biology, Masters Degree in Exercise Fitness and Health Promotions, and a Ph.D. in Health Services with a specialization in Health Promotion and Education. She is an Adjunct Professor and a preceptor at George Mason University in the Athletic Training Educational Program. She owns and operates a small business with a focus on athletic training in the Northern Virginia Area working with local dancers and athletes. Lida resides in Loudoun County with her husband and children. Return to Executive Council page.
Tom Campbell, MS, LAT, ATC
Graduate Research Assistant
Old Dominion University
Tom Campbell currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University where he is actively pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology and Rehabilitation. While at ODU, Tom will be primarily researching concussion prevention, diagnosis, and management.
Tom received his Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2012, then went on to receive his Master's degree in Athletic Training from ESU in 2013. Most recently, Tom was employed by Bridgewater College where he acted as an Assistant Athletic Trainer then a Visiting Assistant Professor.