Committee of Advocates

 Coach Damon Day

Finishing his 14th year as head coach for the UNK baseball program, Coach Day has had unprecedented success.  Day has coached 72 all-conference players, 17 all-region selections and the first four Division II All-Americans in program history. Coach Day and Doug worked together during the 2010 and 2011 UNK baseball seasons.  In 2010, UNK won 36 games, claimed the Plains Division and hosted the RMAC Conference tournament. The 2010 Lopers also received the programs first at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.  In 2011, Day oversaw the best season in Loper history as UNK won 38 games, claimed the RMAC regular season title and won three games in the NCAA Central Regional in Minnesota.

Coach Day’s Testimonial:

“For two seasons Doug worked hard to keep our guys ready to play.  He established an arm care program with many of our pitchers and position players that kept us healthy and competitive.  Our guys rarely missed significant playing time due to injuries in 2010-2011 which were the best seasons in UNK baseball history. Without Doug working with the guys in the training room throughout the season, it’d be hard to say that we would have been as successful”

On ShoulderU:

“I think that injury prevention programs like ShoulderU are of great value to parents, players and coaches.  The ability to screen for risk factors and then address them preventatively is extremely beneficial for young athletes and coaches.”

Pitching Coach Jason Miller

Coaching Experience:  Jason Miller worked as the Pitching Coach at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2008 until 2013 and at Independence Community College from 2005-2008.

Playing Experience:

• Played baseball at McCook Community College (2002) then Independence Community College (2003).

• Pitched for the Lopers during the 2004-2005 season.

Education:

• Bachelors of Science in Sports Administration from UNK

• Received Masters Degree from Emporia State, conducted research in exercise physiology regarding baseball player performance and training.

Heber C. Crockett M.D.

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Sports Affiliations

• Team Physician, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Tri-City Storm Professional Hockey Club

• Fifty Regional High Schools

Terry Nitsch, PTA, ATC

Specialties:

• Sports Medicine and rehabilitation/prevention of sports related injuries. Particular interest in the treatment of the shoulder and knee.

Education:

• Associates of Applied Science, Physical Therapist Assistant, Colby Community College, 2007.

• Masters of Science Degree in Physical Education, Eastern Illinois University, 1993.

• Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992.

• Completion of Accredited Athletic Training Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1991.

William Weed, PT

Specialties:

• Orthopedics and sports injuries with an emphasis in shoulder rehabilitation.

• Has worked with US Rowing Team, US Track and Field, and multiple college and professional athletes.

Education:

• Masters of Physical Therapy from Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN in 1991.

• Bachelor of Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1989.