MSU-Northern head athletic trainer Nichole Borst was named the 2017 NAIA athletic trainer of the year at the NAIA's annual awards day. (Photo courtesy: MSU-Northern athletics)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Montana State University-Northern’s Nichole Borst was named the 2017 NAIA athletic trainer of the year recently. The accolade came during the annual NAIA national awards day where 21 individuals were honored for their achievements on and off the playing fields.

Borst is the head athletic trainer for the Lights and Skylights, serving the MSU-Northern programs for more than a decade. She has been appointed to the Montana board of athletic trainers and is also a member of the NAIA athletic trainers association, as well as the national athletic trainers association.

Borst’s dedication to the university goes beyond the playing fields. She serves as an adjunct professor in physical education as well as health promotions and secondary health. Borst is also the student success advisor. She donates her time training local EMS workers and emergency room employees, while also education local high school and college coaching staffs.

This marks the second straight year a Frontier Conference athletic trainer has won the award. Lewis-Clark State College’s Tracy Collins was named the winner in 2016.

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