ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – University of Alaska Anchorage athletic director Greg Myford announced that Rachel Butler has been named head athletic trainer after serving as the interim head athletic trainer for the past year.

“Without question, the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes sits atop our list of priorities. Rachel has proven that she has both the know-how and the passion needed to carry that out as the head athletic trainer for our teams,” said Myford.

Butler, a native of Pleasant Grove, Utah, came to UAA in 2011 after four years as an assistant athletic trainer at Adams State University in Colorado. She earned her bachelor's degree in athletic training from Southern Utah University in 2005 and her master's in athletic training from Western Michigan University in 2007.

"I am honored and excited to be the second consecutive female head athletic trainer at the University of Alaska Anchorage,” said Rachel Butler. “This position was previously held by Christine Volk for 25 years. Through her hard work and diligence, she laid a strong foundation that my staff and I will continue to build upon. I am privileged to work with Kevin Lechtenberg who worked alongside Chris for 19 years. With the help of Kevin we will continue to carry on Chris's legacy. I have a strong staff of athletic trainers who have passion for the profession and put student-athletes, and their care, as the highest priority. Along with our experienced team physicians I look forward to advancing and advocating for the sports medicine program through the continued support from the administration coaches and staff."