COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Director of Sports Medicine & Performance Renee Breault announced the hire of Aislinn O'Connor as an athletic trainer on Friday. She begins her duties at Saint Michael's on Aug. 1.
A National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) certified athletic trainer, O'Connor has provided coverage for student-athletes at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels. As an intern AT at Barton (N.C.) College for the 2019-20 school year, she worked with the men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball programs. O'Connor was a graduate student AT at Ithaca College in 2020-21 and 2021-22, overseeing coverage of the men's and women's crew and women's gymnastics squads. This past spring semester, she also covered men's and women's squash, men's and women's tennis, and diving for Cornell University as a per diem AT.
A native of New Fairfield, Conn., O'Connor is on track to complete her master's degree in exercise science with a concentration in sport psychology from Ithaca in December after graduating summa cum laude from Colby-Sawyer College with a bachelor's degree in athletic training in 2019. She gained a vast amount of athletic training experience as a four-year AT student at Colby-Sawyer, at various times working with the Chargers' baseball and track & field programs, Dartmouth College women's basketball and the Big Green's mid- to long-distance track & field student-athletes, Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey, and both varsity and junior varsity student-athletes at Proctor Academy.
O'Connor was a preceptor at Ithaca and a teaching assistant during her undergraduate years at Colby-Sawyer, where she capped four years with the Athletic Training Club as its co-vice president in 2018-19. O'Connor was also a member of the Exercise & Sports Sciences Majors Club all four years, volunteered at the Boston Marathon and Bay State Games, and presented at the New Hampshire Athletic Trainers' Association Student Symposium.
A standout tennis player at Colby-Sawyer and captain as a senior, O'Connor graduated third in program history in career total wins (122) and doubles triumphs (66), and fourth in singles victories (56), and holds the school mark for season singles wins, with 18 in 2016-17. She helped the Chargers compile a 65-25 record, including 28-0 in league play, during her career while winning four conference postseason titles and qualifying for the NCAA Division III Tournament each season. O'Connor landed North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) East Rookie of the Year in 2015-16 while earning seven career all-conference honors across three leagues. A three-time conference all-academic honoree, O'Connor was a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete and a Dean's List qualifier throughout college, and has earned induction into Alpha Chi, Iota Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi.