Tufts Hires Matt Whalen as Director of Sports Medicine / Head Athletic Trainer

MEDFORD - Matt Whalen, previously the Associate Director of Sports Medicine at Harvard University, was hired recently as the new Director of Sports Medicine / Head Athletic Trainer at Tufts University.

Whalen will replace Nick Mitropoulos, who is retiring at the end of the month after more than 30 years working for Tufts Sports Medicine. Whalen is expected to start at Tufts on July 1.

Having worked in the Sports Medicine Department at Harvard University for the past nine years (2010-19), Whalen was an Athletic Trainer for his first six years with the Crimson and was then promoted to Associate Director of Sports Medicine and served in this role for the past three years.

“The health and well-being of our Jumbo student-athletes is a top priority, and we’re very pleased to bring Matt on board to lead that important effort,” Director of Athletics John Morris said. “With his extensive knowledge, experience, and demonstrated strengths as a sports medicine professional, Matt and the staff will continue to provide the highest level of medical care and health and wellness programming to our student-athletes."

Prior to Harvard, Whalen worked for five years (2005-10) as an assistant athletic trainer at Babson College. He also spent a year as an athletic trainer at Boston College in 2004-05. Whalen has been a preceptor for the athletic training education programs for Lasell, Salem State University, Bridgewater State University, and Boston University since 2005.

Whalen earned a master's degree in health promotion and exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education, with a concentration in athletic training, from Bridgewater State College in 2004.

"Tufts Sports Medicine has a strong tradition of providing excellent care to their student-athletes that we will continue to embrace long into the future," Whalen said. "I am humbled by the opportunity to follow the strong leadership of Nick Mitropoulos, as the Director of Sports Medicine, after his many years of service. I am beyond excited to work with the elite sports medicine staff, administrators, coaches, and student-athletes at Tufts University."