FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- Chris Hauler has joined the University of Arkansas Athletic Department as an assistant athletic trainer.
Hauler will work with the football program after recently completing two professional football seasons.
He was the head athletic trainer for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League this summer. He worked with the team, which just completed its inaugural season, since January 2008 and developed all aspects of protocol and medical care. He organized all appointments, managed all inventory, maintained daily communication between coaches and management, and supervised a staff.
"We are pleased to be able to add Chris to our athletic training staff," Coordinator of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Joe Sheehan says. "He is an outstanding athletic trainer that has worked in both the National Football League and at the collegiate level, including in the Southeastern Conference. Our student-athletes will benefit from his knowledge and experience."
Certified by both the National Athletic Trainers’ Board of Certification and the American Heart Association, he was on the training staff as a seasonal assistant athletic trainer for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars for the 2007 season. Duties included assisting in the athletic training room, inventory maintenance and purchasing, practice and game field setup, assisting in preparing travel trunks, maintaining medical records and leading treatment of injured athletes who did not travel with the team.
During the summer of 2004, he was a seasonal athletic trainer for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He assisted with treatments, inventory, and pre- and post-practice setup.
Hauler began his career as a student assistant at Eastern Michigan University for the 2000-01 academic year. He transferred to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and earned his bachelor’s of science degree in education and athletic training in 2004. He earned his master’s in education from Auburn in 2007.
He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for football and equestrian at Auburn. He assisted with all functions associated with football, supervised students and interns, maintained inventory and completed stadium setup for home games. He also supplied primary medical coverage for the equestrian team, including developing and maintaining injury prevention, assessment, management and rehabilitation techniques.
While completing his master’s degree, he also worked as a certified athletic trainer at The Orthopedic Clinic in Opelika, Ala. He worked with athletes in the sports of football, basketball and softball.
As a student at Miami, he worked with football, softball, men’s cross country and men’s track and field.