Taylor Spyker Named Head Athletic Trainer of Lexington Sporting Club
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Senior Athletics Trainer Taylor Spyker has been named Head Athletic Trainer for Lexington Sporting Club through its partnership with UK HealthCare, the organization announced on Friday.
Spyker will serve as the primary athletic trainer for the United Soccer League (USL) League One squad and will also oversee all Lexington SC medical staff including the youth and academy teams.
“I am excited to be a part of this team from the beginning,” Spyker said. “It’s an amazing opportunity to create an athletic training room that focuses on total athlete wellness and innovation.”
Originally from West Virginia, Spyker has been an athletic trainer for more than ten years, gaining experience at major NCAA Division I institutions such as LSU, West Virginia (WVU), and Kentucky (UK).
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at WVU before going to LSU to complete her master’s degree in Kinesiology. It was during her time at these institutions that she would work as an Undergraduate Curriculum Athletic Training Student and then a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, covering a variety of sports.
Spyker joins Lexington SC from UK, where’s she’s been for eight years as Senior Athletics Trainer. She began her time in Lexington assisting the football team for three years before switching over to soccer, helping the team optimize their performance and improve their nutritional needs.
“We are excited for Taylor and this new opportunity with Lexington SC,” Kentucky Head Coach Johan Cedergren said. “She has been a huge part of our program and we look forward to seeing her excel in her new role. She will be greatly missed by our players and staff.”
Spyker has also worked for the ESPN Wide World of Sports as a first responder for athletes of all ages. During her extensive career, she has covered soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, wrestling, field hockey track and more, including being selected as the athletic trainer for the USA Cheerleading team at the Winter Olympics in 2018.
“We are ecstatic to have Taylor as part of the professional team staff for our inaugural season,” said Sam Stockley, LSC’s head coach. “She has great experience within our sport already and has an impressive background in athletic training, so I know that she’ll be a fantastic addition to the team.”
Lexington SC begins the USL League One season March 18 at One Knox SC and will welcome Forward Madison FC for the home opener April 8. The full schedule can be found here.
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