Spartan basketball players join Tom Izzo for the 2014 Tom Izzo Holiday Radio Show. Coach Izzo plays holiday carols on his accordian while the players sing.
Quinton Sawyer is in his third season as athletic trainer for the Michigan State men's basketball team. Prior to his arrival in East Lansing in fall 2011, he spent two years as the head athletic trainer at Campbell University. Sawyer joined the Fighting Camel program after spending three years at Southeastern Louisiana University as athletic trainer for the Lions' men's basketball and volleyball teams. Prior to joining the Southeastern staff, Sawyer spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at North Carolina, working with the Tar Heel men's junior varsity basketball team along with the UNC swimming and diving teams. He coordinated and performed pre-season screenings, administered treatment, designed rehab protocol and had direct interaction with coaches, physicians, parents and student-athletes concerning athletic training duties. Sawyer was also a game day assistant athletic trainer with the Tar Heel varsity men's basketball team, where he was a part of the 2005 NCAA National Championship run. A 2004 graduate of UNC, Sawyer spent two summers as an intern in the NFL with the Denver Broncos. With the Broncos, the Camden, N.C., native, worked as a certified intern athletic trainer for the organization's training camp, also traveling with the team for all preseason games. As a student at UNC, Sawyer worked with football, wrestling, and indoor track. Sawyer earned a master's degree in exercise and sport science from UNC in 2006. During the summers of 2004-07, he was a research assistant with JUMP-ACL (Joint Undertaking to Monitor and Prevent ACL Injury), a collaborative multi-site prospective cohort study of neuromuscular risk factors for Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries. The study is projected to enroll over 5,000 subjects and is based in the U.S. Military, Naval and Air Force academies. Sawyer completed a two-week volunteer rotation at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., during the summer of 2013 where he was the athletic trainer for the Women's Junior National Volleyball Team. Sawyer has also received several honors throughout his career, presenting his master's thesis at the National Athletic Trainers' Association symposium, while also presenting at Boston University's inaugural symposium for the Boston Marathon. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and recently attained his Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.