Shooting for the Stars: Recent Grad Interns in Canada

 Victoria ByDeLey received her master's in athletic training at Lebanon Valley College

Despite some bumps in the road this past spring due to the pandemic, LVC is proud to announce the graduation of the first cohort of students in the College’s five-year Master of Athletic Training Program. LVC’s program, which offers two pathways to earn the degree, continues to stand out from similar programs due to the combination of high-tech and high-touch educational facilities and personal faculty mentoring and relationships.

Among the recent graduates is Victoria ByDeLey ’18 M’20, who was drawn to LVC’s close-knit community and hands-on learning approach. She also was the first enrollee for the College’s then-new women’s ice hockey program. She played four years as a goalie on the field hockey team, becoming captain her senior year and a two-time MAC Commonwealth All-Conference Second Team member.

“There are many great aspects to the Athletic Training Program, but I think the professors are who make it so special,” said ByDeLey. “They care so much about each student and do whatever they can to help you be as successful inside and outside of the classroom.” 

While at LVC, ByDeLey participated in several local and international internships and clinical experiences. Most notably, she completed a clinical at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. There, ByDeLey worked with the football team for 10 weeks as an athletic therapist alongside a few other students. 

ByDeLey’s hard work and motivation shone through during her time with the football team, and it did not go unappreciated. Bill Parsons, senior advisor of the Wilfrid Laurier football team, took the time out of his day to write a shining review of ByDeLey’s performance. 

“Our team is built on the words: Win Every Day in Everything We Do,” said Parsons. “ByDeLey embraced our team culture and worked tirelessly to ensure the best possible athletic therapy outcomes. She was constantly seeking knowledge and made everyone in her presence better with her work ethic and confident smile.”

Next, ByDeLey moved on to Bates College in Maine to complete her final clinical rotation, but unfortunately had to return home early due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, she formed meaningful connections during her short period at Bates which, led to a temporary full-time job offer, which she began this summer. 

At Bates, ByDeLey assists on-campus athletes and helps conduct COVID testing twice a week. Due to the current sports environment, she is grateful to continue using and improving the skills she learned at LVC.

Looking forward, ByDeLey keeps her passion for hockey close to heart and hopes to work as an athletic trainer for a professional hockey team in the future. 

“It will take a lot of work, but I have always been told to never give up on my dreams, so I am shooting for the stars,” said ByDeLey. 


-- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant