Lacey Runyon, Carroll University

Dr. Lacey Runyon

Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic Training—Clinical Education Coordinator 262.524.7202 Center for Graduate Studies 114A


Athletic Training Athletic Training (MSAT)


Dr. Runyon has been an Athletic Trainer since 2005. She has had the opportunity to explore varied settings in athletic training including; collegiate, secondary school, and also providing athletic training services in a physician practice. She spent the majority of her time working as the Head Athletic Trainer at a secondary school where her passion to become an educator grew further. Her experience as an educator includes teaching vocational programming at the secondary school level as well as serving as a professor in collegiate academic programs.

Dr. Runyon and her family moved to Wisconsin in 2018. She has had the opportunity to explore the heartland; living in Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana and now Wisconsin.
Aside from work, Dr. Runyon, enjoys spending time with her twin daughters, Lola and Olivia, and her husband Matt. The family enjoys the outdoors, including fishing and boating. They have enjoyed exploring the many lakes and public parks the area has to offer.  


  • Indiana State University, Doctorate in Athletic Training
  • Hastings College, M.A. in Teaching – Emphasis in 7-12 Biology
  • Clarke University, B.S. in Athletic Training with a minor in Biology

Areas of Specialization

Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) – Wisconsin

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Journal Article: Understanding the Athletic Trainer's Role in the Return-to-Learn Process at National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and III Institutions; Lacey M. Runyon, DAT, LAT, ATC; Cailee E. Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC; Elizabeth R. Neil, PhD, LAT, ATC; Lindsey E. Eberman, PhD, LAT, ATC; J Athl Train (2020) 55 (4): 365–375.
Speaker at National Athletic Training Association Convention (2018) – Understanding the Athletic Trainers role in Return to Learn at NCAA Division II and Division III Institutions

Service to Carroll University and Profession

Carroll University Community Health Services: Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic Facilitator
Active member of the Association for Athletic Training Education (AATE); member of the AATE Faculty Development Committee (2021)

What is your teaching style?

I try to use a variety of teaching strategies to enhance my classroom experience. I want to make sure every type of learner, whether audio, visual, or hands-on, has a chance to succeed in the classroom. I love to teach but I really love when the students have the opportunity to learn from one another and maybe even teach me something.

Why do you do what you do?

I didn’t initially realize I wanted to be an educator. I learned from mentoring younger students in my undergraduate program that I enjoyed the opportunity to help others learn. I have a strong passion for athletic training but also for education. Teaching in an athletic training program allows me to maintain my ties to my first love of medicine and explore my passions as an educator.

How do you make learning engaging?

I am always looking for innovative ways to present information to students and for students to present information to me. We may create video presentations, participate in mock scenarios, or create digital infographics that could be published to the community on a pertinent issue. I try to make the topic relevant to their everyday experiences both in and out of athletic training.

What should students know about you?

I have high expectations for each and every student I work with. My goal is to identify strengths and areas for growth, for each individual, and help them to identify ways they can capitalize on those strengths and work toward overall growth both personal and professional. 

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