Heather VanOpdorp, MSEd, ATC is in her 17th year as an assistant athletic trainer for the Spartans. She is the primary athletic trainer for UT’s Women’s Lacrosse team. She also serves as on-site clinical coordinator for the CAATE accredited Athletic Training Program and teaches four classes in the Health Science and Human Performance Department. She is currently pursuing her DAT from AT Still University in Mesa, Ariz.
VanOpdorp is a 2001 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and was also a 4-year letter winner for the Bears in softball. During her career, she was a two-time second-team South Atlantic Conference selection, and departed as the school record holder in wins, ERA, single season winning percentage and concluded her career leading the SAC in ERA her senior season. As an AT student, she worked with football, women’s soccer and cross country.
After LR, VanOpdorp went on to receive her Master’s degree in Education from Old Dominion University in 2003. At ODU, VanOpdorp was the primary AT for the women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball teams, and also was a teaching assistant in the Health Science Department. While at ODU, she also volunteered as a pitching coach for the Maury High School softball team in Norfolk, helping to guide the team to its first district title in school history.
Heather was appointed to the Florida Board of Athletic Training in 2008, serving as the Vice-Chair until her term ended in 2015. She is also an American Red Cross Instructor, certified to teach Emergency Medical Response, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid.
Heather and her husband Chris, a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Clearwater, reside in Land O'Lakes, with their sons, Tyler and Cody.