Birgid Hopkins is beginning her 20th year with the Merrimack College athletics department staff in 2014-15. She began her duties in November of 1994. During the 2005-06 season, she was promoted to the role of Senior Woman Administrator.
In her present role, Hopkins is responsible for the supervision of the athletic training room and the sports medicine and athletic training curriculum. She supervises a sports medicine staff of five Board of Certification Certified Athletic Trainers and approximately 30 athletic training students.
During her time at Merrimack, Hopkins has successfully directed the process for three re-accreditation reviews, in 2001, 2006, and 2011. In 2001, the sports medicine program completed an extensive review by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and was seen as in compliance with the nationally-established standards set forth by the organization. In 2006, the program once again met compliance standards, gaining re-certification by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).
As Merrimack’s SWA, Hopkins supervises the Life Skills Program, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and is part of the department’s academic mentoring program. She has coordinated several presentations, including study skills orientation, drug and alcohol awareness, and other outreach programs.
Prior to her post at Merrimack, Hopkins was the Director of Sports Medicine at the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Affiliates and Billerica High School. She also served one year as head athletic trainer at Fitchburg State, overseeing the health care needs of athletes in 22 varsity sports.
Hopkins received a Bachelor of Science degree from Salem State College. She earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Florida International. She is a licensed athletic trainer in Massachusetts and certified by the BOC. She currently serves on the BOC exam writers committee.
Hopkins and her husband George reside in Tewksbury, Massachusetts with their son, William.