Rensselaer head athletic trainer Anthony Ortolano has been named the trainer of the United States Men’s Lacrosse Team. He will serve the team as it prepares for and competes in the 2010 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship in Manchester, England.
Ortolano, who has been at Rensselaer since 1985, was also part of the most recent U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Team, the 2006 squad that played in the world championship game.
For nearly 25 years Ortolano has worked with Rensselaer’s student-athletes from 23 athletic programs. He has greatly improved the Institute’s efforts toward prevention and treatment of athletic injuries by adding new programs and state-of-the-art equipment.
In addition to his duties at Rensselaer, Ortolano has served as an athletic trainer at numerous other events, including the NCAA National Championships, the Empire State Games, and since 1994 he has served as the head athletic trainer for the Summit Lacrosse Tournament in Lake Placid, N.Y. He also served as athletic trainer at Union College from 1977-78 and was both an instructor and athletic trainer at Plattsburgh State from 1979-85.
A member of the New York State, Eastern Regional, and National Athletic Trainers’ Associations, Ortolano was presented the prestigious Tom Sheehan Award, given annually to the New York athletic trainer who has done the most for the field, in 1982.
Ortolano earned a bachelor’s degree from Norwich University in 1976 and a master’s degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1977.
The World Lacrosse Championships began as a four-team (England, USA, Canada, and Australia) invitational tournament in 1967 and the ILF first sanctioned World Championships in 1974. In 2006 a record 21 teams competed for the title and it is expected that 30 teams will enter in 2010. The U.S. and Canada remain the only nations to have won world championships.
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