Position: Associate AD for Sports Medicine
Previous School: Elon '93
Major: (704) 637-4350
John Lavender joined Catawba as an Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in the fall of 2017. He comes to Catawba after serving as an assistant athletic trainer at Winston-Salem State University since 2012. He worked primarily with the Ram football, men’s basketball and baseball teams while also serving as an instructor.
Lavender earned a bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science and sports medicine at Elon University in 1993. He received a master’s in exercise science from Appalachian State in 1997 during which time he worked the rowing, canoeing and kayaking venues at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
After graduating from ASU, Lavender worked six years as athletic trainer for the NC School of the Arts. He spent two years in Salisbury at Stewart Physical Therapy before joining Stryker Orthopaedics in Raleigh, N.C. Prior to his stint at WSSU, Lavender was territory manager for Applied Medical in Rancho Santa Margherita, Calif.