Athletic Healthcare Services

The role of Athletic Healthcare Services is to provide the highest quality healthcare to the student-athletes of the University of Southern Maine. The Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) are highly trained professionals with diverse educational and experiential backgrounds. They are credentialed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) and the State of Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Student athletic training majors, under the direct supervision of the ATCs, augment the healthcare services provided to the student-athletes. The comprehensive healthcare services include injury prevention, recognition and assessment, treatment, disposition, rehabilitation, and healthcare administration and promotion. Additional healthcare services are provided through referral to USM's University Health and Counseling Services and to Portland area sports medicine specialists. 

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Meet Your Athletic Healthcare Staff

Athletic Healthcare Administrator: Matt Gerken, MS, ATC, LAT

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Matt Gerken has served as head athletic trainer for USM Athletics since 1999. Prior to his appointment to USM, Matt was head athletic trainer and athletic training education program director at Colby-Sawyer College for nine years. He has been providing health care to student-athletes and clinical supervision and instruction to athletic training students since beginning his career at Bridgewater State College in 1977 as the head athletic trainer.

Matt earned his master's degree from Indiana University in 1977 and bachelor's degree from Plymouth State College in 1975. He has served as Vice President and President of the Maine Athletic Trainers' Association and has provided service and leadership to athletic training professional associations at the state and regional levels most of his career. 

Matt was inducted into the Maine Athletic Trainers' Association (MATA) Hall of Fame in March of 2014 and more recently to the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association's (EATA) '49 Club in January of 2018.  The '49 Club is the EATA's designation for their Hall of Fame induction.




Athletic Trainer: Angela Potter, M.Ed., ATC, LAT

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Angela Potter joined the USM athletic training staff in the Fall of 2009. She earned her BS in athletic training and exercise science in 2000 from the University of New Engand. After earning her undergraduate degree, Potter went on to earn her master's of education in kinesiology and physical education from the University of Maine in May of 2003 while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer. Potter previously served as the head athletic trainer at the University of New England (2005-2009) and the Lumberjack's Baseball Team (2003). 








Athletic Trainer: Tony Taiani, MS, ATC, LAT, PES


Tony Taiani joined the USM Athletic Healthcare Services team in the fall of 2018. He has been serving as a fulltime athletic trainer at USM since the fall of 2014; as an intern (2014-2015) and then through Saco Bay Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (2015-2018). He earned his Bachelor’s in Athletic Training from USM in 2013 and his Master’s in Athletic Training from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014. While studying at CalU, he also earned his Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certification through National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).








Athletic Trainer: Nicole Spencer, ATC


Nicole Spencer  joined the athletic training staff at USM in the fall of 2018. She is contracted to USM, through Saco Bay Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Prior to her appointment to USM, Nicole was an assistant athletic trainer for St. Thomas Aquinas College in 2015-2016, the head athletic trainer at Southern Maine Community College in 2016-2017, and the head athletic trainer for Edward Little High School during the 2017-2018 school year.

She has been a clinical preceptor for athletic training students since beginning her career. Nicole earned her bachelor’s degree from USM in 2015. She is a member of the Maine Athletic Trainers’ Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.