Jim Berry Named Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine

Gregg Calhoon and Erin Variano Named Assistant Athletic Directors for Sports Medicine

March 2, 2018


Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that Jim Berry has been promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine.  Berry replaces Adam Pecina, who left Navy for a position at the University of Texas.

“Jim has been with us for many years and has proven to be highly professional and dedicated to the advancement of proper care for our midshipmen and has earned the respect of both our trainers and doctors,” said Gladchuk.  “Jim's will oversee all aspects of Sports Medicine within the NAAA and will report directly to the Director of Athletics.”

Berry is in his 13th year at the Naval Academy and in his third year in charge of football. He is also responsible for supervising the postgraduate intern athletic trainers.

Prior to Navy, Berry earned his Master of Arts in Sport and Recreation Management from Kent State University (2004). His sport responsibilities included baseball, football, and wrestling. While an Kent, he acted as a mentor to the students in the CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program, as well as a coordinator of medical coverage for the Kent State sports camps.

From June 2001 to May 2002, Berry was an intern with the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He implemented rehabilitation programs, travelled with the team, and supervised the summer student interns in protocol and policy.

An Ohio native, Berry chose Ohio State University for his undergraduate education. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2001 and was the recipient of the 2000 LeaderShape Institute Scholarship and the Ernest R. “Ernie” Biggs Athletic Training Scholarship.

Calhoon is in his 22nd year as an Athletic Trainer at the United States Naval Academy. He joined the staff in 1996, and currently serves as the Athletic Trainer for the women's soccer and women's basketball programs.

From 1994 to 1996, Calhoon was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Memphis, where he worked primarily with the volleyball and men's basketball programs. During that time, he earned his master's degree in human movement science from the University of Memphis.

Prior to Memphis, Calhoon worked in Minor League Baseball. In 1993, he was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Everett Giants of the San Francisco Giants farm system. He held the same position in 1992 with an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Stockton Ports.

Calhoon has twice served as the Athletic Trainer for the United States All-Armed Forces women's soccer team. He accompanied the team to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2011 Military World Games, and in 2003, he travelled with the team to Warendorf, Germany for the CISM World Military Women's Soccer Championship.

Calhoon, who grew up in a Navy family and moved several times throughout his childhood, considers himself a native Kansan. He chose Fort Hayes State University in Hays, Kansas for his undergraduate education, where he attained a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 1991.

Variano is in her third year as an Athletic Trainer at Navy, joining the staff in August 2015. She currently works with the Navy football and men’s basketball programs.

Variano returns to Annapolis after previously completing a post-graduate internship at Navy in 2008-09. Variano holds certification as a Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a Level 1 Technique Specialist through the Romanov Sports Science Academy.

Prior to Navy, Variano was a Staff Athletic Trainer at Virginia Tech from 2014-15. While in Blacksburg, she functioned as the Athletic Trainer for the women's basketball program and supervised the graduate assistant athletic trainer covering tennis. In addition, Variano was the coordinator for the Virginia Tech Graduate Assistant Sports Medicine Program.

From 2011-14, Variano was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Brown University in Providence, R.I. Her primary responsibilities were women's basketball and field hockey. She was also responsible for the medical care of the women's tennis and men's and women's fencing teams while at Brown.

Variano earned her master's degree in human movement with an emphasis in sports medicine from Utah State University in May 2011. During her two years in Logan, she was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer with sport responsibilities including football, track & field and women's basketball.

In May of 2008, Variano graduated with a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Merrimack College. In addition to her athletic training studies, Variano was a member of the women's lacrosse team from 2004-08.

“I am proud and excited to have Gregg and Erin elevated into their new roles,” said Berry. “They both bring varying degrees of medical expertise and levels of experience that will continue to develop and push our sports medicine department to the next level.”

District enters into research study on concussion treatment

3/1/2018 - West Side Leader

By: Casaundra Smith


At its regular meeting Feb. 20, the Woodridge Local Schools Board of Education approved a research participation agreement between the high school and Akron Children’s Hospital concerning the treatment of concussions.

District Athletic Trainer Mike Johnson addressed school board members about the clinical study, which involves the possibility of a new treatment option for student athletes who suffer a concussion. He described the treatment as a device that will apply cold treatment to the head and neck area within two hours of being injured. 

“We’re working with almost all of the schools that Akron Children’s has contracts with — Woodridge being one of them — and we’re going to be using the students there as our test subjects,” he said.

According to Johnson, schools will be randomly split into two groups — one group will receive the device, while the other will not. He also pointed out that the study will rotate by season, meaning during spring sports season a school may have the device, but during fall sports season it may not. The study will compare and contrast the two groups to see how concussed athletes who receive the treatment recover with those who did not, he said.

“It would be great to give everybody the treatment, but then we have no idea if it works or not,” he said.

Johnson told board members that the district’s decision to enter into the agreement does not automatically enroll student athletes in the study. Parents and students will make the decision to enroll.

“Your approval of this study basically just gives us the opportunity to go ask them, so it’s completely voluntary,” he said.

Johnson added students enrolled in the study can back out at any time. As the athletic trainer, it would be his decision to administer the treatment on injured students, he said.

Johnson said if the study proves the device is helpful, the hope is for it to eventually become a standard of care.

“If we can prove that if you apply this thing it’s going to cut your concussion recovery in half or in a quarter or whatever, hopefully someday schools will have the opportunity to buy this tool and keep it on-site and use as they see fit,” he said...