Certified Athletic Training Staff
Brian T. Gerry, MS, ATC
Hometown: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Brian graduated from Southwest State University (Marshall, Minn.) in 1985 with a B.S. in Physical Education & Health Education. He received his M.S. in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in 1987.
Brian has served as the program director of athletic training and the head athletic trainer for Augustana College since the inception of the athletic training major in 1996. He has been teaching within the College’s Exercise and Sport Sciences (ESS) Department since 1993. Prior to his current position at Augustana, Brian developed the Sports Outreach Program for Sanford Health where he served as coordinator from 1993-2001. Through this position, he secured numerous athletic training service contracts and developed the Summer Strength and Conditioning program, the Sports One Celebrity Football Camp and the Summer Jam Basketball League. He also served as the head athletic trainer for Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., from 1987-1993 and previously worked with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in 1986.
In 2007, Brian received the Service of Excellence Award from the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association for appreciation of his 20 years of service. In 1998, he received the Professional Contribution Award to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from Sanford Health. In 1997, he received the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award from the Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency Program. This was the first time that a non-physician had ever won the award. Brian and his wife Kelli have three children: Jennifer, Matthew and Nathan.
Jason Rinne, MA, ATC
Hometown: Columbus, NE
Jason Rinne, a 2008 graduate of Augustana, joined our staff as an assistant athletic trainer in 2012. Rinne primarily works with the men’s basketball team as well as assisting with football and track and field.
After graduating from Augustana, Rinne spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Nebraska Omaha. At UNO, Rinne worked with football, ice hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. Upon completing his graduate assistantship, Rinne worked for Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. from July of 2010 to August of 2012. There, Rinne was the athletic trainer for Grain Valley High School. He also was an assistant athletic trainer for the Missouri Mavericks of the Central Hockey League. Jason and his wife Stephanie reside in Sioux Falls.
Kyle Johnson, MS, ATC
Hometown: Hartford, S.D.
Kyle Johnson joined our staff as an assistant athletic trainer and instructor in 2012. Johnson primarily works with the soccer, wrestling, and baseball teams as well as assisting with track and field.
A native of Hartford, S.D., Johnson most recently served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Southwest Minnesota State University while working towards a master's degree in sports management. At SMSU, Johnson primarily covered football and softball along with assisting with women's basketball.
Kyle graduated from South Dakota State University in 2010 with a degree in athletic training/sports medicine. He and his wife Jennifer reside in Sioux Falls.
Hometown: Okoboji, Iowa
Emily Haywood joined the Augustana University Athletic Training staff in January 2014. Haywood works primarily with the volleyball, women’s basketball and softball programs.
Haywood, a 2005 graduate of South Dakota State University, spent the three years as an athletic trainer at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Haywood was an assistant athletic trainer at Luther in 2010 and 2011 before being named the head athletic trainer in 2012.
She was a student intern at the Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls from 2001-2005 before taking a job with Athletic Medicine in Minneapolis, Minn. from 2005 to 2008. Haywood returned to her alma mater as a graduate assistant athletic trainer in 2009 where she was also responsible for athletic training services at three high schools. Haywood, a native of Okoboji, Iowa, earned her Masters of Science in athletic training from South Dakota State in 2010. Haywood resides in Sioux Falls.