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Athletic Training


Randy Lambeth

Program Director
Randy Lambeth, Ed.D. ATC, CIE, LAT

Dr. Lambeth holds a doctorate in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership with an emphasis in human movement, a master's degree in Education Administration, and has various experiences with working at the primary and secondary education levels as a classroom teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent of schools. He also taught at The University of Memphis (Department of Human Movement Science and Education) before joining Harding University's Department of Kinesiology as an associate professor.

Involved with athletic training for 30 years; he served as an "athletic training student" for Harding College as an undergraduate, was the "athletic trainer" (before certification was required) for high school teams and was an intern with Harding University while preparing to sit for BOC exam. He completed his Athletic Trainers certification in November 2002 and has served as an Athletic Trainer for both the Harding University and Harding Academy athletic teams since that time

As the director of the program he teaches upper-level classes, supervises clinical experiences, and works with the athletic teams.

Ronnie Harlow

Clinical Supervisor/ Head Athletic Trainer
Ronnie Harlow, M.Ed., ATC, ACI, LAT

Ronnie has served as the Head Athletic Trainer for Harding University since 1997. His role has included supervision of all sports programs, classroom instruction/guest lecturer, and the training/mentoring of students. As an intern for two professional teams (the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots) he gained valuable skills and important contacts that have allowed him to place his students in those programs as well.

Working with the athletic teams, “Coach Harlow’s” skills as an evaluator and rehabilitation specialist has been very valuable.  His athletes and coaches rely heavily on him.  Students under his supervision learn many practical lessons.

Shaya Hancock

Clinical Instructor/Athletic Trainer for Women's Programs
Shaya Hancock, MAT, ATC, ACI, LAT, CSCS

Shaya joined the faculty at Harding in the fall of 2008 to direct the athletic training program for the female athletes. . Her master’s degree and her advanced training at Texas Tech University and her work with various high school teams have provided her with a wealth of knowledge she is eager to share with her students in the classroom and in the clinic.

Shaya teaches the introduction course for athletic training majors and starts the students on solid footing for their work in the Athletic Training Education Program. Clinical students working with her in the various women’s programs at our NCAA division II program helps them become more rounded in their trainng.

Brian Cox

Clinical Instructor/Clinical Supervisor
Brian Cox, MS, ATC, LAT, ACI

Brian joined the faculty at Harding in the fall of 2011 to supervise the clinical portion of the Athletic Training Education Program. His work with the concussion clinic at Children's Hospital in Little Rock and his work with two of the largest high schools in the state have provided him with a knowledge base that will be a great resource for the students. Brian enjoys teaching and mentoring students in the classroom and in the clinic. Brian is a published author and has been involved in research with concussions and athletics.

Lacy Rush

Clinical Instructor/Clinical Supervisor
Lacy Rush, MS, ATC, LAT

Lacy served as the Graduate Assistant for the Harding program while completing her master’s degree. She is now joining the staff as a clinical instructor and will mentor athletic training students as she works with various sports teams. Her work ethic and personality have made her a favorite with athletes, coaches, and students.

Dr. Jim Citty

Medical Director
Dr. Jim Citty, M.D.

Dr. Citty serves as a general practitioner at the Searcy Medical Center and is on the board at White County Hospital. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the United States Army where he served as a part of the medical staff

His service to the University includes 15 years as an adjunct in the College of Nursing and more than 25 years as team doctor for the Bison. Dr. Citty attends most athletic events, conducts clinics and evaluations on campus, makes frequent visits to the athletic training facility, and is available to see students at his clinic when needed. He is frequently called on to do guest lectures for the exercise science programs at Harding.

He has been a strong supporter of the athletic training education program. He will serve as an advisor/consultant and his office will serve as a clinical site for students in the program.

Kyle Blickenstaff

Team Orthopedis
Kyle Blickenstaff, M.D.

Dr. Blickenstaff serves as an orthopedic surgeon at the White County Medical Center, is on the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and is certified in Sports Medicine. He obtained his undergraduate degree at Harding University and graduated from UAMS in Little Rock, AR in 1987. Dr. Blickenstaff attends most athletic events, makes frequent visits to our athletic training facility, and is available to see students at his clinic when needed. He strongly supports our athletic training program and provides his office as a clinical site for our students."