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Larry Heck

Sports Medicine

Athletic Trainer for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Kernersville, N.C. 

Previous:

  • Head Athletic Trainer for the Amsterdam Admirals in the NFL Europe;
  • Assistant Athletic Trainer for the San Antonio Texans in the Canadian Football League
  • CFL
Education 
  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 1992

“Waynesburg gave me a great education at a small, friendly campus. I gained hands-on experience and the knowledge I needed to pass my National Boards – which prepared me for my career in professional sports.”

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I have been a student at Waynesburg University for four years now and one of the first things I would tell anyone interested in applying is that the faculty here are amazing. Waynesburg is a small university; therefore, its focus is to provide a personal learning experience to its students, which it does quite well.

A great example of Waynesburg’s personable faculty, from my own experience, occurred this past semester.

Before the fall 2013 term began, two of my scheduled courses were rescheduled for the following semester. I was anxious. I had no idea what I wanted to replace them with, and it was the start of my senior year. I needed more credits.

When I found an open seat in a Biblical ministries class titled “Wisdom Literature,” I quickly joined, not fully knowing what to expect.

Now, I have always been secure in my beliefs and understandings of faith, especially from what I have learned as a student here, but when I entered class on the first day, I shrunk down in my seat, my mind racing with insecurities. I had not taken many of the classes my classmates had and I was not a ministry major, like the majority of them. I felt insignificant and incompetent. Moreover, I felt like I didn’t belong.

Determined to drop the class out of fear of embarrassment and failure, I e-mailed the professor, describing to him my reasons for wanting to leave, though I didn’t need his permission. I had expected him to tell me “I understand and agree if you are uncomfortable, you should drop the course,” but the answer he gave was considerably different.

When I opened his correspondence, what he told me was “hang in there, enjoy, and feel free to stop by my office anytime for help. No bad questions.”

Through the course of the semester, we studied the Bible, primarily the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. Each class period was spent reading aloud the book of study, then discussing its meaning as well as how it applied then and how it applies today.

After each class, the professor would ask me how I was doing and what questions, if any, I had. He sent me examples of things we would be doing for class such as blog posts and reading responses, knowing I was not accustomed to his teaching methods like many of my classmates. I couldn’t believe how much he cared.

As the semester unfolded, I found myself becoming engaged in the topics. What I had not allowed myself to recognize on that first day was that I had been given a unique opportunity to further my understanding of the Word of God in addition to furthering my overall education.

By the end of the course, the amount of questions I had shrunk significantly and I found myself branching off on my own, sharing my opinions and interests, thanks to the help of a professor who was willing to go above and beyond for one student’s understanding.

What I have learned through my college experience at Waynesburg is not only are people willing to help when you need it, they often will go out of their way to make a difference in your life, showing you what you are capable of even when you aren’t sure. To me, that alone speaks of the quality of education I am receiving.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a total of 93 Waynesburg University students and 10 faculty and staff members will spend spring break serving at various organizations. Four mission trips will provide students the opportunity to serve outside of the Waynesburg community, both domestically and abroad.

The trips include Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn.; Meeting God in Missions in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic; Habitat for Humanity Work Camp in Concord, N.C.; and The Pittsburgh Project in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Center for Student Missions – Nashville, Tenn.

A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., with trip leaders Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

Meeting God In Missions – Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic

Twelve Waynesburg University students and trip leaders Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, and Julio Quintero, assistant professor of Spanish, will partner with the Whitefields Foundation to serve in Haitian villages in Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic.

Students will participate in construction and repair work, hair ministry, Vacation Bible School, medical and dental work (with second-year medical students from Penn State), prayer walks and spending time with the children.

Habitat for Humanity Work Camp – Concord, N.C.

To address substandard housing issues in North Carolina, 25 Waynesburg University students will serve with the Lake Norman, N.C., Habitat for Humanity affiliate to assist in building homes for residents. Chad Sherman, assistant professor of communication, and Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication, will serve as trip leaders.

All participating students have previously served with Habitat for Humanity.

The Pittsburgh Project – Pittsburgh, Pa.

Twenty-five Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa., with trip leaders Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

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From Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16, a team of 25 Waynesburg University students will serve The Pittsburgh Project (TPP), located on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Pa. Adrienne Tharp, coordinator of the Bonner Scholars Program; Anne Schrock, a resident director; Tyler Schrock, associate director of web services; and John Lydic, a sophomore communication major from Verona, Pa, will serve as trip leaders.

TPP is a nonprofit community development organization committed to meeting the needs of the Pittsburgh community and providing inner-city housing ministries. For several years, Waynesburg University has partnered with TPP to give vulnerable homeowners a chance to save their homes as well as prevent possible citation or eviction.

During the week, students will assist with general home repairs and work to build relationships with homeowners.

“The trip will be a great and humbling experience,” said Tharp. “Our projects during the week will be helping various homeowners that are unable to do the projects on their own.”

Students participating in The Pittsburgh Project mission trip include:

  • Kimberly Baston, a freshman journalism major from North Huntingdon, Pa.
  • Ashley Blair, a sophomore psychology major from Masontown, Pa.
  • Dana Della Loggia, a senior accounting major from Hershey, Pa.
  • Andrya Durr, a sophomore pre-biology major from Greensboro, Pa.
  • Alyssa Fratto, a freshman engineering major from Melcroft, Pa.
  • Sean Giles, a freshman forensic science major from Wyomissing, Pa.
  • James Glisan, a sophomore biblical ministry major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Emily Hackman, a freshman electronic media major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Josh Hennigh, a freshman athletic training major from Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Natalie Herr, a freshman nursing major from Peach Bottom, Pa.
  • Jacob Horne, a freshman criminal justice major from Leckrone, Pa.
  • Katelyn Hunsicker, a freshman psychology major from Reading, Pa.
  • Philip Hurd, a senior Sports Broadcasting major from Prattsburgh, N.Y.
  • Anna Kelley, a freshman nursing major from Baltimore, Md.
  • Emily Nowakowski, a freshman nursing major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Denis O’Donoghue, a freshman with an undeclared major from Waynesburg, Pa.
  • Josh Ombiri, a freshman computer science major from Mount Lebanon, Pa.
  • Zach Payne, a freshman accounting major from Irwin, Pa.
  • Tyler Romanowicz, a freshman criminal justice major from Altoona, Pa.
  • Zachary Simpson, a sophomore psychology major from Canonsburg, Pa.
  • Amy Smith, a freshman forensic science major from Fairlawn, Ohio
  • Lauren Stough, a senior nursing major from Cranberry Township, Pa.
  • Joseph Vassallo, a freshman pre-law major from Rochester, N.Y.
  • Marissa Vizcaino, a freshman forensic accounting major from Albuquerque, N.M.

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A team of 31 Waynesburg University students will serve for the Center for Student Missions in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 8, through Sunday, March 16. Pat Bristor, associate dean of students; Frank Pazzynski, associate professor of education; and Carolyn Poteet, director of faith and mission, will serve as trip leaders.

The large number of students attending this year enables the team to split into three groups, spreading their outreach to several different organizations in the Nashville area. Projects include assisting the Feed the Children ministry, cooking and serving at soup kitchens, interacting with the homeless, tutoring children and working at senior citizens centers.

“When most people think of Nashville, they think of country music, a booming industry; yet there are many people who find it difficult to make ends meet,” Bristor said. “Our hope is to gain a better understanding of the issues of hunger and homelessness. We will participate in a program called the Urban Exposure. During this event, we will be out with those on the streets, listening to their stories and lending a helping hand.”

Students participating in the Nashville mission trip include:

  • Theresa Butler, a junior accounting major from Uniontown, Pa.
  • Sara Carpenter, a freshman forensic science major from Erie, Pa.
  • Kenny Cline, a junior accounting major from Bloomingdale, Ohio
  • Julie Collins, a senior mathematics major from West Newton, Pa.
  • Ryan Condello, a senior business management major from McMurray, Pa.
  • Joy Engle-Young, a junior education major from Holbrook, Pa.
  • John Flanigan, a senior computer forensics major from Frostburg, Md.
  • Tiffany Franck, a senior sociology major from Ephrata, Pa.
  • Kaelee Franko, a junior psychology major from Butler, Pa.
  • Emily Hoffman, a junior education major from Salisbury, Md.
  • Mindy Hooven, a sophomore nursing major from Fayetteville, Pa.
  • Rebecca Lane, a junior special education major from Ellwood City, Pa.
  • Rachel Lovely, a junior pre-med major from Windber, Pa.
  • Derrion May, a sophomore marine biology major from Belleville, Ill.
  • Kristen McClure, a sophomore nursing major from Reading, Pa.
  • Nick Merlino, a sophomore nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Emily Priester, a senior biology major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Chelsea Ritter, a senior international business major from New Tripoli, Pa.
  • Kim Ryan, a junior criminal justice major from Masontown, Pa.
  • DeRon Scott, a sophomore creative writing major from San Diego, Calif.
  • Karl Shaley, a senior biblical ministry major from Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Gracious Shaver, a junior education major from Ginowan City, Japan
  • Katie Shultz, a junior education major from Venetia, Pa.
  • Ryan Smith, a junior international culture major from Bridgeport, Ohio
  • Rachel Snavely, a sophomore biblical ministry major from Manheim, Pa.
  • Emily Wiedner, a freshman arts administration major from Somerset, Pa.
  • Tori Whitty, a sophomore pre-med major from New Wilmington, Pa.
  • Lori Williams, a sophomore education major from Mount Clare, W.Va.
  • Kristen Wilson, a freshman education major from Washington, Pa.
  • Julie Wise, a junior criminal justice major from Fowler, Ohio
  • Kaitlyn Wood, a sophomore sociology major from Honey Brook, Pa.

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Contact: Ashley Wise, Communication Specialist
724.852.7675 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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