Delgado, DAT, ATC, Returns to VCS as Head Athletic Trainer, Teacher
It has been six years since Daniel Delgado was a senior in Village Christian Athletic Training.
Now, Dr. Delgado has returned to take over the program.
Delgado has been hired as the new VCS Head Athletic Trainer and a teacher in the Science Department, all with a focus on inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals.
“Diana [Putignano] and Michelle [Rodriguez] have done a great job over the years inspiring the sports medicine students to pursue careers in healthcare, and I'm hoping to pick up right where Michelle left off,” Delgado said. “I have a number of experiences in different clinical settings, and part of my education in the [doctorate] program was focused on improving collaboration between athletic trainers and other healthcare providers. I think I can be a resource for students to better understand the differences between healthcare providers, educational requirements of each, and possibly even get students in contact with healthcare providers in the local area.”
Delgado was a student under Putignano, who founded the student sports medicine program before handing it off to Rodriguez in 2016. He will now take over from Rodriguez, who accepted a position at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in June.
Delgado will oversee medical care for VCS student-athletes and will inherit 14 student athletic trainers that he is eager to mentor, teach, and work alongside.
“I'm excited to be back at Village because the school community had a large impact on my life growing up,” said the Class of 2016 graduate. “I spent 13 years as a student at Village and still vividly remember experiences such as the Mexicali missions trips, VCServes, Race for Education, etc. I loved my time at Village in the past and am excited to return and hopefully help current students make lasting memories as well.”
Delgado graduated summa cum laude from California State University Northridge with his degree in Athletic Training before pursuing a clinical Doctorate in Athletic Training from Indiana State University.
In addition to clinical rotations at CSUN (basketball and track and field), Los Angeles Valley College, and Pepperdine University (baseball), he has also volunteered with the Special Olympics and interned with the Los Angeles Rams.
He served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Tri-County Junior-Senior High School in Indiana for nearly two years.
“We are thrilled to bring Dr. Delgado home to VCS,” Putignano said. “He brings a wealth of education and experience, while understanding what makes Village a special place. God has paved the way for Dr. Delgado to reach students who are walking the same halls as he did.”
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Dan back to VCS!