PITSBURG – Wayne HealthSports, the sports medicine division of Wayne HealthCare recently added Franklin Monroe schools to the program and chose Ethan Nealeigh, a 2008 FM graduate to fill the position as the school’s athletic trainer.
“We started the interview process knowing that Ethan Nealeigh had a strong interest in the position,” said Jim Beyke, Director of Wayne HealthSports Rehab Services. “Ethan had more than a year of experience at FM and had already developed a strong relationship with the administration and coaching staff at FM.”
“Ethan was very familiar with the previous success at FM. The interview team felt his experience at FM and familiarity with the community made him a strong candidate for the position.”
“We were really fortunate to have someone like Ethan pursue the position,” added Beyke. “He has been able to hit the ground running and the athletes had already developed trust in Ethan as their Athletic Trainer. Ethan has made the transition go very smooth. We are very pleased to have Ethan join our sports medicine team.”
“Having Ethan here every day for all of our sports is amazing,” said FM Athletic Director Tyler Rhodus. “You can’t ask for anything better than that, to be able to take care of our athletes.”
Nealeigh is married to Alexandra, also an FM alum and are the proud parents of two children, daughter Brynn who turns two in November and six week old son, Barrett.
The couple graduated from Wright State University, Alexandra with a degree in nursing and Ethan with an Athletic Training degree. Alexandra is employed in Vandalia.
The former FM soccer player had an offer to play at the college level for Kentucky’s Pikeville College but chose to focus on his studies at Wright State.
“I enjoy being around the sporting activities,” Nealeigh said. “While I am still young I can still hop in, still get in and play with the athletes at practices. I enjoy helping them out – getting people back to play.”
“Having Ethan around is great,” Rhodus shared. “He’s always here for every event. He never misses anything, so having him around – couldn’t ask for anybody any better.”
Rhodus and Nealeigh share similar high school athletic paths, both graduating in 2008, both playing in the CCC (Cross County Conference) and each a three sport varsity letter winner.
“I get along real well with Tyler,” said Nealeigh. “He graduated the same year as me from National Trail, so we have some things to talk about, some common interests.”
“We’ve talked about that a couple of times,” Rhodus said. “We played against each other in three sports; soccer, basketball and baseball. We were trading stories – it was fun to share some of those stories.”
Nealeigh earned four FM varsity letters in soccer and two each in basketball and baseball. Rhodus earned four NT varsity letters in baseball and two each in soccer and basketball.
“It’s easy for me,” Nealeigh said of his career path at FM. “Just having relationships already makes it easy to get along with everyone. Go Blue.”
Wayne HealthCare looks forward to providing Athletic Training services to FM schools and quality healthcare programs to the entire FM community.
The Wayne HealthSports program provides services to Versailles, Greenville, Ansonia, Tri-Village, Mississinawa Valley, and Franklin Monroe schools.
PHOTO CAPTION: Franklin Monroe Athletic Trainer Ethan Nealeigh works both girls and boys soccer matches against Troy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)