By Brittany Worthington
The Kalamazoo College Athletics Department hired Kira Olds as its new athletic trainer in light of current trainer Scott Michel’s departure. Kristen Smith, Athletic Director, is confident in the new staff selection.
“We had a very talented pool of candidates, and she rose to the top for a number of reasons: her experiences, her interview — she was very impressive, dynamic. And we felt that she would be the best for it,” Smith said.
Students were involved in the selection process. Applicants had breakfast with students, like junior Martin Blanc, and talked about their careers and plans for Kalamazoo. Blanc agreed with the selection of Olds.
“I think she is the best of the three applicants for sure,” he said.
However, he also noted that she has some big shoes to fill. Current athletic trainer Scott Michel has built relationships with student-athletes at Kalamazoo for eight years.
“Obviously it will be very different from what Scott was. It’s going to be a big change that everyone will have to adapt to. It will take adaptation from both sides,” Blanc said.
Smith believes the transition will be an emotional one.
“Any transition is difficult,” she said. “I think Kira, given an opportunity and chance, will be great, and students will see she is interested in their overall well-being. She has great knowledge and skills. Once they get to know her, they will value their relationship with her as much as they do with Scott.”
Smith believes that Olds will eventually adapt to the position, however. “It’s just something you need to get in and do, and she just needs to be herself,” Smith said. “She’ll be fine.”
Olds begins her position as athletic trainer on July 1.