UM Athletics at a Glance:

Home of 8 National Titles: ‘93, ’94, ‘97, ’97, ‘97, ’98, ‘02, ’06.
107 All-Time NAIA Scholar Athletes. 61 Conference Championships.
310 All-Time NAIA All Americans.

Athletic Training

The main athletic training room is located within the Jim and Dot Boothe Athletic Training Education Building. This building is a 2400 square foot complex that is located across from the cafeteria. The modalities available include: ultrasound, electrical stimulation units, cryotherapy, whirlpools, hivamat, game ready, paraffin, iotophoresis, and hydrocollator packs. In addition, there are 6 treatment tables and 2 taping tables located within this area.

The main training room also houses Encore Physical Therapy which serves both community patients and UM student athletes, faculty, and staff.  The rehabilitation area has a variety of tools and equipment to allow a seamless transition for UM student athletes to work back into their sport with as little time lost as possible.

The secondary training room is located in Pharr Gym and serves to provide treatment and taping options for UM basketball and volleyball teams and their opponents. This training room houses emergency equipment as well as additional athletic training supplies.

What to bring if you are a visiting team:

* Stocked training kit

* A letter from your Certified Athletic Trainer if there are athletes with specific medical     conditions or concerns.

* Insurance information for your team- both primary and secondary

What to know if you are a visiting team:

* All taping and treatments should be arranged in the main training room, not at the field.

* Athletic trainers do not arrive at a field until 30 minutes before the game.

* The training room is open approximately 2 hours prior to each game.

* A phone call or email will suffice to let us know when to expect you for taping

* During the game, your team will be supplied with water, cups, injury ice, and access to basic emergency supplies.

* Please remember that we do have our own sports to take care of and your patience is appreciated.



Dr. Melissa Thomas, Ed.D, M.A., ATC, CKTP
Head Athletic Trainer/
Assistant Professor HPES

    Melissa begins her 15th year at UM and sixth as Head Athletic Trainer. Melissa received a B.S. degree in Sports Medicine from UM in 1997 and a Master of Arts in Education in 2000 with teacher certification. In April 2012, she completed her Doctorate of Education in Sports Management with an emphasis in Sports Medicine. Melissa was recently chosen as the 2013 SSAC conference Athletic Trainer of the Year.

    Melissa’s past work experience includes work with Alma Bryant High School, Mobile Christian High School, the Alabama Sports Festival, and the Ralph Lundy Soccer Academy. She has served as a national tournament medical coordinator for the NAIA men's soccer, tennis, and softball national tournaments.

    Melissa's athletic responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of UM’s thirteen intercollegiate sports teams, drug testing implementation, and international insurance and domestic claims procedures.

     Melissa’s academic responsibilities include serving as an assistant professor for the human performance and exercise science program in which she teaches course in personal and community health, faith based fitness, weight training, fitness for life, and health.


Board of Certification                                              1999

Alabama Board of Licensure                                 1999

Class A, Grades P-12 Teacher Certification         2001

Kinesiotaping Certification                                      2012

BLS AHA Professional Rescuer Certified             2013

National Safety Council Instructor Certified            2008


Jacob Lewis, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jacob begins his first year as Assistant ATC here at The University of Mobile after graduating from Delta State University’s Athletic Training Program. During his time at Delta State, Jacob worked with football, baseball, cross country, swim and dive, and surrounding high schools in Cleveland, MS. Jacob also interned at Jones County Junior College and Hattiesburg Clinic. While interning, he worked with baseball, softball, and preseason football.

Jacob’s primary sports responsibilities will include serving as athletic trainer for men’s/women’s soccer and softball as well as overseeing the daily operations of the training room.

Jacob is married to Lauren Lewis, a recent graduate from UM’s Physical Education program. In his pastime, Jacob is an avid outdoorsman that loves archery hunting and fishing.


Board of Certification                                         2013

Alabama Licensure                                             2013

Mississippi Licensure                                         2013

BLS AHA Professional Rescuer Certified      2012


Dakota Whaley
Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer

Dakota came to UM in August 2012, after completing her undergraduate degree in athletic training from Troy University. Dakota spent the 2011-2012 year interning at Columbus State University and Charles Henderson high school. During that time she worked within the athletic training room and covered football and soccer. Her clinical experiences at Troy included work with softball, track and field, baseball, football, and men’s basketball.

As Dakota’s first year comes to a close, she can definitely stake claim to getting the most out of her assistantship. In August, Dakota’s athletic training responsibilities included coverage of 3 in-season sports: men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. As those seasons ended she took over as women’s basketball athletic trainer and then finished the spring having covered baseball and off season soccer and volleyball.

Over the past year, Dakota has become a very skilled clinician that can think independently and adapt to any of the demands within this profession. I look forward to helping her mature and expand her knowledge over the course of this upcoming year. Dakota will continue to work towards her Masters in early childhood education and seek additional certifications within this profession.

Contact Information:
UMobile Athletic Training Building 251.442.2361
UMobile Athletic Department 251.442.2278
Melissa Thomas , Head Athletic Trainer 251.442.2561
Fax 251.442.2499