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Director Of Athletics

Gavin Mueller

Mueller attended Quincy University and played five seasons with the Hawks, graduating in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in sport management. He was an Academic All-MIVA standout during his playing career.

After his playing career, Mueller was the graduate assistant coach for the Hawks in 2017 before being named head coach the following year in 2018. Mueller stepped away from coaching in 2021 to pursue a career in Florida as our new Athletic Director. 

In 2015-16, Mueller served as a coach for Florida Elite Volleyball by DME, working with the 15U National Team. He also served as the Varsity and JV volleyball coach at Deltona High School. Mueller also has experience as the freshman coach at Quincy High School in 2013 and coached the Riverfront Bruisers in Quincy from 2010-14.

Mueller graduated with his master’s degree in business administration from Quincy University in 2018.

Head Athletic Trainer

Emily Merriman

Certified Athletic Trainer
Phone: 23785

Emily was born and raised in South Bend, IN. She graduated from Ball State University in December of 2018 and has her Bachelor of Athletic Training. While in school she had several clinical rotations with the following; Ball State Men's Basketball, Ball State Softball, Taylor University Football, Henry Community Sports Medicine, Delta High School, Henry County Center for Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, and Muncie Central High School.

She also did summer internships with the University of Notre Dame as well as University of South Florida pertaining to sports medicine. Before coming to Taylor Middle High, was at Deltona Highschool.

She feels very strongly about high-quality patient-centered care. She feels it is important to have the mindset that you shouldn't treat a patient for their injury, but as a whole person. This includes emotional, situational, social, and psychological aspects in addition to physical.

Certified Athletic Trainer

Who are athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. 

Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model.

Why use athletic trainers?

Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings. Athletic trainers relieve widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions and provide an unparalleled continuum of care for the patients.

Athletic trainers improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury. Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers. ATs are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs.