The start of a new school year brings not only new students, but also new faculty to the College of Mount St. Joseph. Meet Pate Cagle, the newest addition to the Mount’s Athletic Training Staff. Cagle is taking over the Head Athletic Trainer position here at the College. Cagle’s responsibilities as Head Athletic Trainer, according to him, are “the prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries, the management of five other assistant athletic trainers, coordination of physician care for athletes, proper documentation of injuries for physician visits, NCAA requirements and insurance claims.” The main sports that he will be involved in are football, men’s lacrosse, and both men’s and women’s golf teams.
Cagle is from the small town of Caruthersville, Mo., which is about 200 miles south of St. Louis. He attended the University of Missouri where he obtained a Bachelor of Education degree. Following his time at the University of Missouri, Cagle went on to Illinois State University of Graduate School, where he earned his Master of Science degree.
Before coming to the College, Cagle served as Head Athletic Trainer at Lakota West High School for 12 years starting in 2000. Cagle has had various experiences over the years as a head trainer at the following colleges and universities: Wittenburg University, Newberry College and Illinois Wesleyan.
When asked what brought him to the College, Cagle said, “I started my career at the small college level, but family circumstances required a change. The timing of this position being open was perfect opportunity to return where I started in, in NCAA DIII athletics”.
Cagle says that he likes to spend his free time working around the house or with his family. He also enjoys hiking. The College of Mount St. Joseph welcomes Cagle to the Lion family and wishes him the best of luck in this upcoming school year.