Sports Medicine Staff













Dr. Mark Mysnyk, Steindler Orthopedic Clinic PLC, is one of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the Midwest. Dr. Mysnyk assists in supervising Cornell's Athletic Training Program. Dr. Mysnyk was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team in 1976 and wrestled for the University of Iowa from 1974 - 1979.

The Mount Vernon Family Medical Center, headed by Dr. Steve Young, are the team physicians for Cornell College. The doctors cover all home football games on a rotating basis and are on call for all other home events. They also work in the Ebersole Health Center, Cornell's student health center.


Loren Nydegger, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Nydegger is serving his 10th year in Cornell's sports medicine department, the second as head athletic trainer. He received his A.A. degree from Waldorf College and B.A. degree from University of Northern Iowa. 

Nydegger spent six years as head athletic trainer for North Iowa Area Community College, and four years as athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist for Staples-Motley High School in Staples, Minn.  

Sport coverage: Football, wrestling, baseball, men's & women's tennis



Kelly Leeper, MS, ATC, LAT

Leeper is in her eighth season as an assistant athletic trainer on Cornell's staff. A 2002 graduate of Knoxville High School and 2007 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Leeper earned a bachelor's degree in athletic training. She received her master's degree in athletic training from UNI in February 2010.

During her undergraduate studies at UNI, Leeper assisted with the Panthers' baseball, football, women's soccer and men's and women's track and field teams, as well as several Cedar Valley high schools. While working toward her graduate degree, Leeper assisted as athletic trainer to UNI's softball team in 2007-08, and was head athletic trainer at Northern University in Cedar Falls from 2008-09.  She also worked as a physician extender in orthopedic care for Dr. Jeffrey Clark, UNI's athletic physician and orthopedic surgeon, from 2007-09.

Leeper is board certified by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.  

Leeper and her husband, Drew, reside in Mount Vernon with their son Brendan, 2. 

Sport Coverage:  Volleyball, women's basketball, softball

Samantha Jenks, ATC, LAT

Jenks is in her third year as assistant athletic trainer on Cornell's sports medicine staff.

Jenks graduated from Western Michigan University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training and a minor in psychology. During her undergraduate studies, she assisted with Western Michigan's men's and women's soccer teams and football team. Jenks also spent a semester working at Mattawan High School and at Western Michigan's Sports Medicine Clinic.

Jenks was board certified as an athletic trainer in 2014. She is licensed by the state of Iowa.

Sport Coverage: Cross country, women's soccer, men's basketball, indoor and outdoor track & field


Emily Martin, LAT, ATC

Martin has joined Cornell’s sports medicine staff as assistant athletic trainer intern for the 2017-18 academic year.

A native of Lancaster, Wis., Martin graduated from the University of Iowa in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a minor in psychology. She spent three years in Iowa’s athletic training program, providing rotational coverage for all of the Hawkeyes’ athletic teams. Martin assisted the Iowa women’s basketball team during the 2016 spring semester and worked with the track & field program in the 2016-17 academic year.

Martin was an intern for a sports physiotherapist in Ireland during the summer of 2014. She was an assistant for Iowa City High School’s sports teams in fall of 2015. Martin worked with Calamus-Wheatland’s baseball and softball teams in 2017.

Sport Coverage: Men’s soccer, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s lacrosse.