June 27, 2001
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University sports medicine director Mike Cembellin and his staff were recognized for their outstanding achievement to the university and the Athletic Department during the 2000-01 year at the school's annual Staff Recognition Dinner on June 19.
Along with Cembellin, associate director Scott Heinrichson, assistant trainer Heather Bristol and graduate assistant Tomo Yamada received trophies. The awards include a cash bonus.
"Our athletic training staff does an outstanding job of providing first-class care to Santa Clara student-athletes," said Cheryl L. Levick, Director of Athletics. "It is great to see Mike Cembellin and his staff recognized as one of the top units on campus. They certainly deserve that recognition."
The sports medicine staff was honored for their achievement during the past year that was a model of service excellence and demonstrably advanced one or more of the university's strategic initiatives. For a period of time during the summer, the sports medicine staff's main facility was severely impacted by construction, where they frequently wore hard hats to work. They handled the pressure of ensuring the health of more than 300 athletes in less than ideal circumstances extremely well, keeping their quality of service at the usual excellent level and proving that SCU Athletics does provide one of the best sports medicine departments in the West Coast Conference.
"This award is truly humbling," Cembellin said. "To be recognized publicly is tremendously gratifying for our entire staff. Our approach to providing medical care to student-athletes models that of our athletic teams. We operate as a team, and as such, our immediate staff would like to thank our 14 student trainers, team physicians, physical therapists and the Cowell Health Center. In addition, we'd like to recognize the athletic administration for their support and concern toward sports medicine and the care we render to our student-athletes."
The awards have been in existence for the last eight years. Past winners from the athletics department include Marlene Bjornsrud, former assistant athletic director and current general manager of the WUSA Bay Area CyberRays.