Athletic trainer resigns

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 14, 2009

LORMAN — Alcorn State University will soon be looking for a new trainer.

Head Athletic Trainer Cindi White has resigned from the university to take a job near her family in South Carolina.

“I’ll be working for Clemson Sports Medicine,” White said. “My folks are getting older and all of that.”

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White said her resignation after a year and seven months has nothing to do with current issues between the athletic administration and the football department.

Seven assistant football coaches were fired and rehired in November, and there are conflicting reports that head football coach Ernest Jones was fired in December.

“They’ve been wonderful,” White said of the administration. “åI know there’s been a lot of bad stuff said, but that has nothing to do with my decision. In fact, (Athletic Director) Dr. (Darren) Hamilton has been more than accommodating.”

Instead, White, who has been a trainer for 13 years, said she has mainly changed jobs to save her own sanity.

As the only athletic trainer on staff, White said she was just worn down. She made the decision Jan. 6.

“It’s for my mental and physical health,” she said. “I’d work from 5:30 in the morning until — sometimes after basketball games —10 or 11 at night. I just had no life, and I want a life.”

Hamilton, who is currently at a convention in Washington, D.C., said Robert Rains will be handling the hiring of a new trainer.

Hamilton did not say if the university had anyone in mind, and White said she did not know whether a search had started.