Oregon State has hired a new head athletic trainer for football, Ariko (uh-Ree-ko) Iso (eye-so), whose previous position was assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Iso, an Oregon State graduate, was the only female athletic trainer in the NFL and worked in three Super Bowls for the team.
Before Pittsburgh, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State University, where she served as the head football trainer. Her collegiate career includes serving as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for nearly three years.
Iso was also the head trainer at the 2006 World 21 and Under Track Championships, the 2001 World Cross Country Championships, the 1998 Yokohama International Ekiden and the 1996 East-West Shrine Football Game. Additionally, she has worked at the Nike World Master Games, U.S. Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and at the 1994 World Cup Soccer tournament.
“I have been around only a few folks that have the same work ethic as Ariko, but what sets her apart is that her efforts are always made with a positive attitude,” Steelers head athletic trainer John Norwig said in a statement. “Ariko has always been the consummate professional. She loves her job.”
Said former Steelers coach Bill Cowher: “Without a doubt Ariko will be a great asset to Oregon State. She has a great personality, and is very professional and knowledgeable. I have tremendous respect for her.”
Iso graduated from Oregon State with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and human performance in 1993 and earned a master’s of art in physical education from San Jose State University in 1995. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. The Tokyo native is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association.