HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State athletics has announced the promotion of a pair of staffers who have served as key roles in the behind-the-scenes success of the department’s 17 sports programs.

Dustin LeNorman has taken over the title as Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine. The 2007 Sam Houston graduate returned to his alma mater as head athletic trainer in August 2016 after spending almost seven years with Huntsville Memorial Hospital between July 2009 and April 2015.

Trevor Williams has also been elevated, being named Associate AD for Strength and Conditioning. The University of Delaware alumnus is entering his third year with the Bearkats where he oversees over 450 student-athletes who compete across 17 varsity sports.

“This is a move we made to continue to enhance the student-athlete experience here both in the areas of sports medicine and strength,” director of athletics Bobby Williams said. “These capacities play a significant part in our vision and goals. I look forward to continue working alongside Dustin and Trevor as we enter the upcoming athletic year.”

Previously hired as an assistant strength & conditioning coach at Sam Houston, Williams has already contributed in a short time to the major success and growth of all athletic programs with a solid vision for his student-athletes to grow physically and mature mentally.

“The opportunity to assume a larger role as part of the Bearkats family is truly amazing,” Williams said. “My time spent over the last few years working with our sport coaches, athletic training unit, academic staff and other support areas, has given me a first-hand experience of how special Sam Houston State Athletics is. I feel that I now have a greater responsibility to our student-athletes and the department as a whole, to capitalize on opportunities to continue to grow and compete at a high level.”

Prior to arriving in Huntsville, Williams was an assistant strength coach at Delaware where he spearheaded the strength and conditioning programs for several of their athletic teams, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse.

Meanwhile, LeNorman is a current adjunct faculty member with the department of kinesiology as well as staff athletic trainer for USA Gymnastics. He has embarked on a variety of international competition coverage including the 2016 USA Gymnastics Championships.

“I am extremely thankful for this opportunity and the importance placed on sports medicine within the program,” LeNorman said. “As a graduate of Sam Houston, it has been exciting to be a part of the growth of Bearkat sports and the university as a whole.”

During his time with Huntsville Memorial Hospital, LeNorman supported the Bearkats football program by working away games and practices, starting IVs as needed for practices as well as providing treatments of manual therapy and dry needling.

The duo have each played integral roles in the surge of a Sam Houston athletics department that capture five Southland Conference championships during 2016-17. For a fourth-straight season, the Kats won men’s all-sports cup for the league.