Athletic Trainer Spotlight - BJ Geasa, ATC

Athletic Trainer BJ Geasa is well traveled do to the military background of his family. but he calls Braidwood Illinois his childhood home. A graduate from Olivet Nazarene University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training was then followed-up with a Masters of Arts degree from Morehead State University in Recreation and Sports Administration.

BJ always wanted to be involved in the medical field and work with active and motivated patients/athletes that had a desire to return from injury and continue their active life style. Athletic training was the perfect fit and this profession has allowed for something new each day. The challenge of risk assessment, injury prevention, and recognition of injury and course of action is something BJ truly enjoys on a daily basis.

Receiving his National Athletic Trainers Association certification in 2003 BJ has been in the athletic training field for 12 years with the last 10 years serving as the Head Athletic Trainer at Olivet Nazarene University. Overseeing 5 certified Athletic Trainers in 18 intercollegiate sports and accounting for over 600 athletes provides many challenges and rewards, but BJ certainly wants it no other way. In addition he is in charge of facility management and oversight of the university’s 3 athletic training centers. His duties don’t stop there as BJ is an assistant professor in the Athletic Training Education program for undergraduates and teaches classes over the course of the academic year. A strong advocate for his profession BJ is currently the Athletic Training Chair for the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Married to Chelsie for the past 6 years, BJ and Chelsie have two children, Van 4 and Brynn and in their spare time they enjoy attending and watching other sporting events BJ is not covering and most of all those fishing days with family.