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Becka Owens

Class Year


Current home

Gaffney, SC


Athletic Training

Current Position

Senior Athletic Trainer at Limestone University

After graduating from Carthage, Becka Owens ’16 received a position as a senior athletic trainer at Limestone University in Gaffney, South Carolina. She works as the primary athletic trainer for the men’s lacrosse and women’s volleyball teams, in addition to being the head athletic trainer for men’s football and overseeing day-to-day operations in the athletic training room. 

“My job is constant critical thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal communication, and my diverse education at Carthage helped prepare me for that by enabling me to develop those skills.”

Becka Owens, ’16

What have you enjoyed most about your career?

“I absolutely love the athletes I’ve met and worked with. That’s who we do this for!”

How did Carthage prepare you?

“My time at Carthage provided me with an immense amount of hands-on experience that allowed me to hit the ground running during my graduate assistantship and has continued to propel my career.”

Why did you choose Carthage?

“I came from a small high school, so Carthage was a comfortable transition for me versus a much larger university.”

What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?

“While I was a student, I was hired as a research assistant through the Medical College of Wisconsin, helping with concussion research to help further diagnostic testing.”

What Carthage professors played a part in your success and how?

“All the professors in the Athletic Training Department were fantastic. Professors Jacob Dinauer, Laurie Jensen, and Daniel Ruffner all brought different perspectives to the profession and how to apply it in a real-world setting. I was always comfortable approaching them with any issues or questions that I may have had.”

What's your favorite Carthage memory?

“Any time I was with my fellow athletic training students, whether that be in the athletic training room, on the field/court for practice/games, or out and about, it was amazing. I truly enjoyed all the time spent with them and the friendships I’ve built.”

Tips for current Carthage students?

“Don’t take the opportunity for granted. A lot of athletic training students don’t get nearly as much experience as you receive at Carthage. Embrace the hard work and the opportunities as they walk through the front door.”

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