Faculty for Master of Science in Athletic Training

With full- and part-time faculty, Augustana’s Master's of Science in Athletic Training combine a passion for teaching with clinical practice.

Following are the bios of our MSAT faculty members, whose primary commitment is teaching, but who also mentor and advise students and help them build their professional networks.

Full-Time Faculty

James DayJames Day
Assistant Professor, Athletic Training

Dr. James Day, program director and assistant professor of athletic training, earned his doctorate of education in adult and higher learning from the University of South Dakota. He came from Buena Vista University, where he was the athletic training program director and assistant professor of exercise science. Dr. Day received his M.A. from the University of Virginia and his bachelor's degree from Eastern Washington University. He was the program director at Buena Vista University in 2015 and held numerous AT positions at BVU from 2006-15.

Brian GerryBrian Gerry
Assistant Professor, ESS

Brian Gerry currently serves as clinical director of athletic training and the head athletic trainer for Augustana University, a position he's held since the inception of the athletic training major in 1996. He has been teaching within the University’s Exercise Sport Science Department since 1993. Prior to his current position at Augustana, Gerry developed the Sports Outreach Program for Sanford Health where 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, Tennessee, from 1987-93 and previously worked with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in 1986. In 1997, he received the Clinical Teacher of the Year Award from the Sioux Falls Family Practice Residency Program. Gerry graduated from Southwest State University (Marshall, Minnesota) in 1985 with a B.S. in physical education and health education. He received his M.S. in athletic training from Indiana State University in 1987.


Sara BortschellerSara Bortscheller
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor

Sara Bortscheller, a 2010 graduate of Augustana, joined the Athletic Training staff in 2017 as an assistant athletic trainer. Bortscheller primarily works with volleyball, women’s basketball and softball. The Remsen, Iowa, native graduated from Augustana in 2010 with a double major in athletic training and exercise science. After graduating from Augustana, she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. After obtaining her master’s degree through the University of Central Missouri in Sports Business and Administration, Sara worked for two years at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina, and another two years at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota, before returning to Augustana.


Ashley ErschensAshley Erschens
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor

Ashley Erschens, a 2014 graduate of Augustana, joined the Athletic Training staff in 2018 as an assistant athletic trainer. Ashley will work with football, swimming and baseball. After graduating from Augustana University, Ashley attended Missouri State University, graduating in 2016 with a Masters of Science in Athletic Training. Ashley then worked in the Seattle area as an AT in the clinic setting for two years. Wanting to be closer to home, she accepted the position of AT with Augustana in August 2018.

Jordan LindbergJordan Lindberg
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor


Jordan Lindberg started as an assistant athletic trainer at Augustana in 2016-17. Lindberg works primarily with soccer and wrestling  at Augustana. A 2016 AU graduate, Lindberg spent the 2015-16 athletic year as a senior intern with the Augustana football, soccer, wrestling and baseball teams. In addition, Lindberg also interned with the Sioux Falls Canaries, where he assisted with treatments and game preparations. While at Augustana, Lindberg won numerous awards including the South Dakota Athletic Training Student of the Year in 2016. He was also a four-year member of the Augustana University CIVITAS Honors Program, President of the Augustana Athletic Training Student Association and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. Lindberg is a Dell Rapids, South Dakota, native and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training from Augustana in 2016.

Jason RinneJason Rinne
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Instructor


A 2008 graduate of Augustana, Jason Rinne joined the staff in 2012, primarily working with the men’s basketball team, as well as assisting with track and field. After graduating from Augustana, Rinne spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at the University of Nebraska Omaha, where he worked with football, ice hockey and men’s and women’s tennis. Rinne and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Sioux Falls.

Dr. Scott BoyensDr. Scott Boyens
Team Physician


Dr. Scott Boyens has been a Family Medicine physician with Sanford Health for the past 14 years.  He also serves Augustana as the Primary Care Team Physician, the Medical Director of the Athletic Training Education Program, and an Adjunct Professor in the HPER Department. Boyens, a Sioux Falls native, graduated in 1986 from Washington High School. He went on to play fullback for Augustana from 1986-90, and after graduating in 1991 from Augie, he used an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship to attend medical school at the University of South Dakota. His Family Medicine training took him on to the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, after which he returned home to Sioux Falls to practice.
Dr. Kris KimberDr. Kristofer Kimber
Team Physician


Dr. Kristofer Kimber is an Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine specialist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. Kimber serves as the team physician for Augustana, Lincoln High School and Luverne (Minnesota) High School, and also works as a clinical assistant professor with the department of surgery at the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine. Kimber completed his undergraduate work at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, before going to the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Minnesota and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery: Sports Medicine.