May 29, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced on Friday that Bob Waller has been hired as head athletics trainer for Wyoming Athletics. Waller comes to Wyoming from the University of New Mexico where he was the associate athletics trainer for the Lobo Football program since 2003.
"We are very excited to have Bob (Waller) join the Wyoming Athletics Department as the supervisor of our athletic-training staff," said Burman. "He came highly recommended, and brings with him many years of experience in both college and professional athletics.
"Injury prevention and rehabilitation are critical to the well being of our student-athletes. We feel Bob is an individual who can do an outstanding job of serving the needs of our student-athletes. He will be a great asset to our department."
"I would like to thank everyone who has helped me to become the next head athletic trainer at the University of Wyoming," said Waller. "This is a great opportunity, and is a goal that I've been striving for in my professional career. I'm excited and looking forward to becoming a part of the Wyoming Family."
At Wyoming, Waller will be the trainer for the Cowboy Football team and will oversee the athletic-training unit.
In addition to serving as the associate athletics trainer at New Mexico from 2003 to the present, Waller spent four summers, from 2002-2005, working in NFL Europe. He was an assistant athletics trainer for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe in 2002. During the summer of 2003, he was hired as the head trainer for the Barcelona Dragons. In the summer 2004, Waller was head athletics trainer for the Scottish Claymores, and his final year in NFL Europe he was the head trainer for the Hamburg Sea Devils.
He has served internships with ESPN's X-Games and with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL. Waller also has worked with the Justin Sports Medicine Team at rodeo events since 1999.
Waller holds a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a corrective exercise specialist. He has been certified by the National Athletic Trainers Board of Certification, and has completed his American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification.
Waller has been an accredited clinical instructor at the University of New Mexico since 2003, teaching among other things therapeutic modality, therapeutic rehabilitation exercises and athletic training mock/muscle testing.
A former college baseball player at California State University Chico, Waller earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Chico State in 1995. He then completed a second bachelor's degree in athletic training from New Mexico in 2001, and received his master's degree in sports administration from UNM in 2004.
After graduating from Chico State in `95 and prior to pursuing his studies at New Mexico, Waller worked at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic clinic in Los Angeles as a research assistant from 1995-98.
Waller and his wife Addie have a two-month old daughter, Harlee.
He replaces Robb Williams, who resigned as Wyoming's head athletics trainer earlier this spring. Williams served as Wyoming's head athletics trainer since 2003.