Dennis comes to Southwestern bringing the experience of working at both the Division I and professional levels of sport. He has his A.T.C. (Certified Athletic Trainer from the National Athletic Trainers Association) and C.S.C.S. (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association). His resume includes working with countless elite athletes in major sports including: several NFL and NHL players, Men’s and Women’s Olympic soccer athletes, Olympic and professional beach volleyball players as well as being invited to go on tour with Aerosmith by Steven Tyler himself.
Dennis started his athletic training career at San Diego State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He then went on to The Ohio State University to obtain his Master of Arts degree. While at Ohio State he worked with several of the athletic programs including football, hockey and baseball to name a few. After graduating from Ohio State, Dennis moved back to San Diego to work with a minor league professional basketball team, the Stingrays as their Head Athletic Trainer. While there he worked with athletes such as Magic Johnson and Master P. The following year he accepted a position at Pepperdine University where he had opportunities to work with many Olympic level volleyball players and professional beach volleyball players. He then came back to San Diego to be the Head Athletic Trainer for the San Diego Gulls, a minor league professional hockey team. While with the team they won a national championship and he was able to work with many athletes in the National Hockey League (NHL) as they were affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks and Colorado Avalanche. During the Gulls off-season Dennis has also worked with several other San Diego area professional teams including the San Diego Spirit, Sockers, Flash and Gauchos. He has also earned a few international “caps” by going on tours as the Head Athletic Trainer for the United States National Rugby team where they play against some of the best teams in the world such as Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. His wealth of experience has been a great benefit to Southwestern College.
He is married to wife Christina and has two daughters, Sienna and Juliet.