NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Head Athletic Trainer Dave Botelho announced staff changes to the athletic training department recently.
Katie Smith was promoted to a full-time assistant athletic trainer role after spending one year in the part-time position. Alessandra Marenzi has been hired to replace Smith in the part-time position, while Kate Harney will also be joining the staff in 2019-20 to assist the department in their coverage of Norwich's 20 varsity athletic teams and over 600 student-athletes.
Smith is a 2018 Norwich University graduate and spent last season working as a part-time athletic trainer at her alma mater. With her elevation to full-time this year she will work with the football, men's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, as well as the men's lacrosse teams.
"Katie was a great addition to our athletic training staff last year and we were happy to promote her to full time status for the upcoming year," Botelho said. "Katie is a hard worker and really blossomed in her first year as an athletic trainer. Katie quickly earned the respect of our student athletes and athletic staff through her hard work and by developing great working relationships. I am once again looking forward to working closely with her during football season."
Marenzi is a 2018 Ithaca College graduate and spent the last year working with the AmeriCorps in Burlington, Vt.
Marenzi is originally from Southern California, but has quickly adapted to life in New England, working as a ski instructor at Stowe Mountain Resort in addition to her roles at Norwich and with the AmeriCorps.
Marenzi will be working with the men's rugby, men's and women's cross country, wrestling and baseball teams this year.
"I am pleased to welcome Alessandra Marenzi to our athletic training staff for the 2019-2020 school year," Botelho said. "Alessandra brings a variety of experiences and a caring nature to Norwich which I believe will greatly benefit our student-athletes. We are excited to have her on board."
Harney has worked as a lecturer in the Norwich University Health and Human Performance Department since 2017. She has worked as an athletic trainer for Stowe High School prior to joining the Norwich University Athletic Training staff.
"I am pleased to welcome Kate Harney to the athletic training staff this year," Botelho said. "Kate brings a wealth of clinical and teaching experience to the staff and has already made a positive impact with our student athletes."
Smith, Marenzi and Harney join Botelho, Associate Athletic Trainer Nikki Dunning, and Assistant Athletic Trainer Jessica Hurlbert '16 to round out the staff for the 2019-20 season.