Kevin Ricks is serving as an athletic trainer for the U.S. National Junior Team for the first time in 2023.
Ricks currently serves as an associate athletic trainer at the University of Notre Dame, working with the hockey, men’s tennis and football teams. Ricks arrived at Notre Dame in 2001 and has also worked with the men’s and women’s fencing and track and field teams, as well as the women’s swimming and diving, soccer and rowing teams. Additionally, he works as the medical administrator for youth sports summer camps and oversees technological aspects for the Irish sports medicine department.
Before coming to Notre Dame, Ricks spent two years at the University of Mississippi as a graduate assistant athletic trainer, working with the Ole Miss football team and the Rebel’s track and field teams.
He earned his master’s degree in exercise science, with an emphasis in biomechanics, from Mississippi in 2001. Ricks spent the summer of 1999 as an intern at Chicago’s Athletico Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinic. The summer before, he served as a student athletic trainer intern with the NFL’s former St. Louis Rams for training camp and preseason football games.
Ricks is a 1999 graduate of Western Illinois University, where he worked with various Leathernecks’ teams as a student athletic trainer. That same year, he became a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.