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For the past nine years, Glen Richardson has been the athletic trainer at Marion County High School. Recently, Richardson accepted a new position with Taylor Regional Hospital, which began Monday.
Richardson was employed by Spring View Hospital and the services he provided to Marion County High School have been a community service of the hospital free of charge. His last official day with Spring View Hospital was April 29.
“I did not want to leave MCHS mid-season and am attempting to provide coverage through district playoffs as much as possible,” he said.
Richardson cited professional development as the main reason behind his decision.
“The position I am going into offers a lot of development and opportunities I have been looking for,” he said. “A greater number of athletes to work with, multiple high school and college athletes.”
Richardson also commented on the coaches that he worked with through his years of service at Marion County High School.
“The best thing I will take away from my experiences at MCHS is working with some of the finest coaches I have ever gotten to work with,” he said. “Coaches that not only have a desire to win, but a true heartfelt love for their kids, their athletes they work with every day.”
Another thing that Richardson hopes to take away from Marion County is a nickname. His very first day of spring football practice, a player called him “G” and it has stuck ever since.
“I think there is no greater sign of respect from kids and a community than the labeling of a nickname,” Richardson said.
When asked about the spectrum of injuries Richardson has seen during his nine years of service he commented on a couple of memorable ones.
Richardson said the most memorable injuries are the ones that happen to athletes who he’s been able to work with, and are able to come back and play again.
“That is probably one of the best feelings a trainer can have,” he said. “I’ve had several with ACL surgeries and have made remarkable comebacks. It’s a feeling that is indescribable.”
Richardson moved from West Virginia to the central Kentucky area nine years ago next month. It’s a move he doesn’t regret.
“I moved six hours away from everything I ever knew, family, friends, everything,” he said. “I came alone. Spent time and became very involved with not only the high school but the community as a whole. Within a very short period of time I discovered something, I had found a second home.”
Richardson is very appreciative to the local community for accepting him.