Professional Staff

Brett Knight, MS, AT, ATC, CES

Brett Knight is the Head Athletic Trainer and an Instructor of Athletic Training. Brett is a 2008 graduate of Alma College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Brett then attended Western Michigan University, where he completed a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Athletic Training in 2010. After his graduate work, Brett was hired at NCAA Division III affiliate North Carolina Wesleyan College where he was an Assistant Athletic Trainer overseeing the healthcare of the football and baseball programs

Brett is certified instructor by the American Red Cross for First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and also serves as a Preceptor for the Athletic Training Education Program. He teaches First Aid and CPR, along with one Athletic Training Clinical Course. His primary sport responsibilities are Football, Men’s Basketball, and Softball. Brett resides in Elwell with his wife, Danielle, who is also an Alma College alumna. Brett can be reached at (989) 463-7288 or

Brady Hopkins, MS, AT, ATC

Brady Hopkins joined the Alma College staff in August of 2013 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. He is a 2011 graduate of Coe College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in athletic training and physical education (fitness development). After receiving his undergraduate degree, he attended Eastern Illinois University and completed a Master?s of Science degree in Kinesiology and Sports Studies with a concentration in Sports Administration.

Brady's primary sport responsibilities here at Alma College include primarily football, wrestling, baseball and cheerleading. He can be reached at (989) 463-7430 or

Catherine Newman, MS, AT, ATC, CSCS

Catherine Newman was named to the Alma College training staff in May of 2015 after serving as an Athletic Trainer Fellow at the University of Michigan since July 2014.Newman, a native of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training with a minor in Psychology from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids in May of 2012. She then went on to earn her Master of Science in Athletic Training at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in June of 2014.

With the Scots, she will work with the Men's and Women's Soccer teams in the fall, Swimming and Diving and Cheer in the winter, and Women's Lacrosse in the spring.

WellSport Sports Medicine

J.T Pinney, M.D., medical director for WellSport, is with MidMichigan Physicians Group. He is a board certified family physician with a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine from the American Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Pinney is a team physician for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team. Dr. Pinney works with a team of other experts throughout the middle of Michigan to evaluate, manage and treat patients in the most effective and efficient manner possible. This team includes: Rehabilitation professionals such as athletic trainers, physical therapists and occupational therapists who have specific expertise in working with athletes and treating specific injuries; Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in each patient's specific injury; and other specialists as needed to address conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, weight management and arthritis that can limit an athlete's performance.

Maggie Ross, PA-C

Maggie Ross is the Physician Assistant at the Wilcox Medical Center on the campus of Alma College. She earned her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and attended Physician Assistant School at Central Michigan University. She also helps teach units on General Medical Conditions and Public Heath with the Athletic Training Education Program.

Maggie can be reached at (989) 463-7181 or

Amber Herman, RN-ADN

Amber Herman is the Registered Nurse at the Wilcox Medical Center on the campus of Alma College. She earned her degree from Mid-Michigan Community College. She also instructs units on General Medical Conditions and Public Health within the Athletic Training Education Program.

Amber can be reached at (989) 463-7181 or

Educational Staff

Phillip Andre, MS, AT, ATC

Phil Andre joined the Alma College athletic training staff in 2007. He is the Director of the Athletic Training Program. He completed his undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2005. Currently, he is enrolled in the Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University. Phil previously worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Olivet College and Head Athletic Trainer at East Lansing High School.

Phil teaches a first year Seminar, Orthopedic Assessment I, Orthopedic Assessment II, two athletic training clinical courses, Senior Seminar, and the Therapeutic Modalities & Therapeutic Exercise laboratories in the Athletic Training major within the Integrative Physiology and Health Science Department. Clinically, Phil is involved with student-athlete rehabilitations. He also supervises clinical experiences of the Athletic Training Students.

Phil resides in Alma with his wife, Sandy, and daughter Abby, and can be reached at (989) 463-7430 or

Danielle Knight, MS, AT, ATC, PES

Danielle Knight returned to Alma College in August 2012 and is currently the Director of Clinical Instruction for the Athletic Training Program, Instructor of Athletic Training and Assistant Athletic Trainer. She is a 2010 graduate of Alma College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Danielle thereafter attended California University of Pennsylvania where she completed a master’s degree in athletic training in 2011. Danielle previously worked at Orthopedic Rehab Specialists in Jackson, Mich., and as the athletic trainer at Grass Lake High School.

Danielle teaches First Aid and CPR along with multiple Athletic Training clinical courses and serves as a preceptor for the Athletic Training Education Program. She is a certified instructor by the American Red Cross for First Aid/CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Her primary sport coverage is Women’s Volleyball and Women’s Lacrosse.

Danielle resides in Elwell with her husband, Brett, who is also part of the Alma College Athletic Training Services staff. Danielle can be reached at (989) 463-7429 or

Denny Griffin, MA, AT, ATC

Denny Griffin began his tenure at Alma College in 1983 and is an assistant athletic trainer. Mr. Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from Hope College. He holds a master’s degree from Western Michigan University and is a certified athletic trainer. Denny supervises several Clinical Experiences of the Athletic Training Students and teaches the multiple Athletic Training course in the Athletic Training major.

Denny resides in Alma with his wife, Tammy. His daughter, Erin, attends Alma High School, while his son, Shaun, is currently attending Western Michigan University. Denny can be reached at (989) 463-7988 or at