Vince is a 1975 graduate of Lanesville High School in Lanesville, Indiana. Upon graduation he attended Indiana University Southeast for two years before transferring to Indiana State University. At ISU, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Safety Education and Athletic Training in 1980 and his Masters’ degree from ISU in 1981.
His first professional position was as an athletic trainer and assistant professor at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana from 1981-1985. He then went back to Indiana State University as the head athletic trainer and assistant professor from 1985-1990. He also assumed the role of athletic training program director in 1988.
Vince enrolled at Indiana University (IU) in January 1991 and obtained his HSD (Health and Safety Doctorate) degree in School and College Health Education with a minor in Athletic Training in 1993. During that time he also worked as an athletic trainer with the IU football team.
In 1994, Vince became the undergraduate athletic training program director and an associate professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He also assists during the fall season with the WVU football team as an athletic trainer.
Some of Vince’s professional experiences include traveling to Europe in 1989 for four weeks as an athletic trainer with the United States Luge team, and working the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. He traveled to Malaysia in 1997 to host a two day workshop on athletic training and to make several presentations at the First Asian International Congress on Emergency Medicine. Vince was also active with the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association, serving as the education committee chairperson from 1987-1993.
Vince has served as the head athletic trainer for Special Olympics Indiana Summer Games since 1988 and served as an athletic trainer for TEAM USA Great Lakes region during the Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland in June 2003. In July 2010, he served as an athletic trainer for team Indiana at the National Special Olympic Games in Lincoln, NE.
Vince has also worked part time with the Indianapolis Colts, published several articles, given professional presentations, served on various regional and national athletic training committees, served on the NATA Research and Education Foundation scholarship committee, and a member of the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA) Governmental Affairs and Executive Committee. He is currently the president-of the WVATA. In 2005 he was the recipient of the WVATA Educator of the Year Award and in 2015 selected as one of the recipients of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award.
Some of Vince’s hobbies and interests are spending time with his wife Melanie, gardening, being outdoors, working out, riding his Harley, woodworking, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan!!
Board of Certification (BOC) Athletic Trainer
Committees and Memberships
- WVATA Governmental Affairs Committee
- Professional Rescuer Instructor
- HSD, Indiana University (1993)
- MS, Indiana State University (1981)
- BS, Indiana State University (1980)
- Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award - 2015
- Special Olympics Indiana Dennis Schmidt Impact Award - 2015
- West Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association (WVATA) President - 2014-2016
- Instructor/Volunteer Athletic Trainer/Doctoral Student, Indiana University (1991-1993)
- Head Athletic Trainer/Assistant Professor/Program Director, Indiana State University, (1985-1990)
- Head Athletic Trainer/Assistant Professor, St. Joseph’s College (1981-1985)