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Healthcare is one of the most important aspects of a student-athlete's life. The Lipscomb University sports medicine staff and facility is committed to providing student athletes with the best quality care for treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.

Head Athletic Trainer William Ness and assistants Clint Woods, Hilarie Buck,  Maggie Schweer, Kelsey Ferguson, and Mark Forbing are all certified athletic trainers by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and licensed athletic trainers in the state of Tennessee. They work on a daily basis to care for all aspects of the Lipscomb University student athletes' health and well-being. The Athletic Trainers are assisted by numerous physicians and specialists through Elite Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, MPOWER MD, St. Thomas Midtown, and Nashville Medical Group.

The athletic training room is located in the lower level of Allen Arena. In 2000 when Allen Arena was constructed, a 4,700 sq. ft. state of the art athletic training facility was designed. The athletic training room consists of separate areas for taping, treatment, and rehabilitation. The taping area allows adequate space for all student-athletes to be taped prior to competition. The treatment area consists of nine treatment tables alongside top of the line modality machines.

The rehabilitation area is equipped with a StairMaster, Biodex, treadmill, elliptical trainer, upper body ergometer, and exercise bikes in addition to a variety of weights, resistance bands, medicine balls, and other rehabilitation equipment which can be used to facilitate injury rehabilitation. The rehabilitation area is large enough to allow for sport-specific exercises and functional testing. In addition, the athletic training room has an enclosed hydrotherapy room with a large full body whirlpool and three smaller extremity whirlpools.

There are also private offices for each staff athletic trainer as well as the physicians, to allow for one-on-one consultation and evaluation when needed. A large conference room with computers and a sports medicine library completes the athletic training facility, allowing space for work and research by staff.

The Lipscomb University sports medicine staff strives to provide the best medical care possible to each of its student athletes. The state of-the-art athletic training facility represents the University's commitment to allowing this goal to be achieved.


William Ness, MS, ATC, LAT, CES
Head Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-7042
Cell: (615) 416-3870
Sports: Men's Basketball, Men's Golf

William Ness is his ninth year with the Lipscomb Sports Medicine team. He currently serves as the head athletic trainer for Lipscomb University. William's primary sport responsibilities include men's basketball and golf.

Prior to coming to Tennessee, William completed a one-year athletic training internship with the Miami Dolphins Football Organization. The North Dakota native graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Athletic Training. After graduation, he went on to work as a summer athletic training intern for the Baltimore Ravens Football Organization before attending graduate school. William completed his Master of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2002 at West Virginia University where he was the head athletic trainer at a local high school for 2 years.

William resides in Murfreesboro with his wife Alison and son Jordan.

Clint Woods, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CPT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-7041
Cell: (615) 566-0796
Sports: Baseball, Women's Golf

Clint Woods joined the Lipscomb University Sports Medicine team in 2007.  Clint’s primary sport responsibility is baseball.  Before coming to Lipscomb University, Clint worked as an athletic trainer at Trevecca Nazarene University where he was responsible for all sports and worked as the strength and conditioning coach for men’s and women’s soccer and assisted with women’s basketball.  Prior to that time, Clint served as the head athletic trainer at Father Ryan High School for two years.

Clint earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Cumberland University.  He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist and certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Condition Association.

Clint resides in Nashville with his wife Lily, daughter Naolin, and son Cayden.

Hilarie Buck, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-7044
Cell: (515) 520-9011
Sports: Women's Soccer, Men's Tennis

Hilarie Buck joined Lipscomb Sports Medicine team in 2012, as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, primarily working with women’s soccer and softball.

Hilarie came to Nashville after working at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she worked with the women’s basketball and tennis programs.

A native of State Center, Iowa, Buck completed her undergraduate work at Iowa State University. She expanded her skills through internships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and International Gymnastics Camp in Pennsylvania.

Buck then went on to Middle Tennessee State University to complete her master’s degree in exercise science. While at MTSU, Buck worked primarily with the women’s soccer team.

Maggie Perkins, MEd, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-6181
Cell: (513) 237-9629
Sports: Volleyball, Women's Tennis

Maggie Perkins joined the Lipscomb Sports Medicine team in 2013 primarily working with the women's basketball, cross country and track and field teams.

She completed her Master's Degree in Kinesiology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in May of 2013. Maggie was responsible for the day to day care of the Men's Soccer and Softball teams while working as a graduate assistant at BGSU.

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-6116
Sports: Men's Soccer, Men's and Women's Track & Field

Mark Forbing joined the Lipscomb University Sports Medicine team during the 2014 preseason, primarily working with Men’s Soccer. Originally from Indiana, Mark played collegiate soccer and earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training from Aurora University (Chicago suburbs) in 2012.

Mark then earned his Master’s Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2014. As a graduate assistant, he was primarily responsible for IU's Women’s Rowing and Cheerleading teams, as well as a local high school football team. He also assisted part-time with the IU Men’s Soccer and Baseball programs. 

Tara Bailey, MS, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-7043
Sports: Women's Basketball, Women's Cross Country 
 Katie bracken, MS, ATC, LAT, PEs
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Office: (615) 966-7046
Sports: Softball, Men's Cross Country