Hazleton native joins campus athletics department as new trainer

Penn State Hazleton Athletic Trainer Megan Bobish wearing blue windbreaker in front of Penn State Hazleton backdrop
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HAZLETON, Pa. – Hazleton native Megan Bobish has joined the Penn State Hazleton Athletics Department as the newest member of its team.

Bobish will be tasked with caring for student-athletes as an athletic trainer. Bobish, who grew up in Hazleton, began her new role on campus on April 6.

“We are pleased to welcome Megan to our campus and look forward to her working with our athletes,” Chancellor Gary M. Lawler said. “She brings a strong background in physical therapy and training and will be a great asset to our students.”

Bobish said sports have played an important role in her life ever since her early days playing youth soccer, and she is very excited to begin her career in the field of athletics.

“I’ve learned so many great lessons from being an athlete and working with them,” Bobish said. “From gaining discipline and respect for others to learning from our failures and picking ourselves back up. I hope to build on these and help impart them on our students as the new athletic trainer.” 

Bobish recently earned her bachelor of science degree in athletic training at Temple University in Philadelphia.

While at Temple, Bobish earned high marks and gained valuable experience evaluating and treating injuries with the Owls' women’s lacrosse team. She also gained knowledge with stops at the University of Pennsylvania, Delaware Valley University and William Penn Charter School.

After graduating from Temple, Bobish sought a return to the Hazleton area to make an impact on her local community. She began that effort working as a physical therapy aide at Pro Rehabilitation Services in Hazleton, where she assisted with treatment and rehabilitation programs for patients while maintaining the day-to-day setup of the clinic.

“The well-being of our student-athletes is our highest priority and Megan will be a great asset in maintaining that focus, by providing excellent preventative and rehabilitation services for the student-athletes on campus,” said Director of Athletics Patrice Lombard. “She is very passionate about her work, as well as our community, and we’re thrilled to welcome her to our Athletics staff.”

Bobish is eager to get started in her new position and is looking forward to a return to normalcy in the sporting world.

As the athletic trainer, Bobish will be responsible for working with Hazleton’s eight intercollegiate athletic programs and creating a safe and positive playing environment for more than 100 student-athletes at the campus.

“It’s very important to me to engage the student-athletes to be proactive in the prevention of and rehabilitation from injury,” Bobish said. “I always keep in mind that behind the athlete or the injury is a person, and if I can be there for them in more ways than one, I know we’ll be on our way to achieving our goals."