Difference-Maker: Freddie Durbin

Posted by Kelly Emerson - 22 January, 2018

Difference Makers - 5630472.jpgWe have a number of Randolph employees whose roles are unique to our school and whose work makes a difference to the quality of the student experience. Director of Athletic Training Freddie Durbin is one of Randolph's Difference-Makers.

If your school has a sport team, chances are you have someone at all of your games who can apply ice and tape ankles, but we’ve got a year-round dedicated staff member, Freddie Durbin, Director of Athletic Training. Coach Durbin gets to know our students. He treats and helps students (and the occasional faculty/staff member) prevent and recover from injuries. “I help them get the proper care, whether it be ensuring they get to the proper doctors, working to rehabilitate them from the injury, or providing guidance on how to prevent injuries,” he says.

“Having someone like Freddie who really knows our kids and looks after them like he does provides a much higher level of safety and well-being for our athletes,” says Athletic Director Blake Davenport.

And Randolph students appreciate Freddie. Last spring at the AHSAA boys state soccer finals, fans were chanting his name when he went out onto the field to treat a player. Coach Durbin plays an important role at our school, keeping our student-athletes safe and strong.

Describe a great day at work

A great day at work is when no one gets hurt, but the best days are when an athlete is able to return to play after an injury.

I am never without…

Athletic tape! I am trained to tape almost every injury possible. During the average football season, I can go through 500 rolls of tape.

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How is working at Randolph different from other places where you’ve worked?

I think the biggest difference about working at Randolph is the relationships we develop with the students, their families and the faculty/staff.

Everyone always asks me…

Two things I get asked a lot are, "What is the worst Injury you have ever seen?" and, "How do you handle taping an athlete’s stinky feet?"

What do kids need?

Difference Makers - 5630569.jpgIn order for a child to be happy and successful at school, he or she needs to feel loved and nurtured. Randolph has a family-like community.

What do you love about your job?

Since I really enjoy sports and taking care of others, athletic training is the best of both worlds. I get to spend time around the games and work to make sure athletes are taken care of.

Most of my dealings are with student-athletes between 6th and 12th grade. My first interaction is typically during the concussion testing I do to establish baselines for those students getting ready to enter 7th grade and beginning to participate in Middle School athletic teams, as well as new students entering Randolph in later grades. It is important for me to know the athletes because they do not always want to tell you when they are hurt. By knowing them, it helps me communicate with them about their injuries.

Favorite school tradition?

Kindergarten/Senior Buddies!

Favorite time of the school year?

Every athletic season has its rewards. Fall brings Friday Night Lights that remind me of my childhood. Winter allows me to be on the court and be closer to the fans, so I am able to connect with more people. And spring allows me to get back outside.

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