Athletic Training

The Randolph athletic training staff provides our intercollegiate student athlete’s with high quality medical care as Virginia licensed health care professionals.  The certified athletic trainers deliver care and services in injury prevention, injury assessment and evaluation, immediate medical care, and rehabilitative protocols including therapeutic exercise and modalities.

- Visiting Team Letter

- Directions to Health Care Facilities

- Medical Pre-Participation Forms


Athletic Trainers

Head Athletic Trainer - Scott Lawrenson

Scott Lawrenson joined the Randolph College athletic training staff in the summer of 2012. Lawrenson comes to the College with over 30 years  of athletic training experience, which include stops in Major League Baseball and in the NCAA. 

Most recently, he served as the Associate Athletic Trainer for five years and an assistant for a year at Liberty University here in Lynchburg, VA. Over his six years at LU, Scott was the head ATC for softball, baseball and men's soccer and also served as the rehabilitation coordinator for the Flames. 

Before returning to his alma mater, he was the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball . Prior to that he spent nineteen years with the New York Mets , serving as the both the Head and Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Mets for the previous eight years. Scott was a member of two National League playoff teams and was with the Mets during the 2000 World Series. Before making his way to the big league level, he served as an affiliate Athletic Trainer , Conditioning and Rehab Coordinator for the minor league squads of the Mets dating back to 1986. He is a retired member of the Major League Players Association, and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society. Scott is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is a Virginia licensed ATC .

Phone: 434-947-8338 - Email:

Assistant Athletic Trainer - Nicole Downam

Ryan Wildenhain Downam, a Ukiah, Calif. native, came to the College in the summer of 2013 with a very impressive resume, as the 2011 graduate of Liberty University most recently worked as a graduate assistant at her alma mater. During her tenure as a graduate assistant, she also obtained a masters in human services.

Her responsibilities while at LU included serving with the baseball, men's soccer, men's and women's track and field and cross country teams on a full time basis. Downam also assisted with volleyball, women's basketball and football on occasion. During her undergraduate time with the Flames, she worked as an athletic training student with the baseball, football and track squads. She also worked at Mendocino Community College in her hometown from 2005-07 as an athletic training student.

Downam is BOC certified, while holding a membership in the National Athletic Training Association (NATA). As part of her athletic training duties, she will also be holding responsibilities with strength and conditioning with the WildCat student-athletes. Downam is well versed in this area, as she is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), as well as working to becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).

Phone: 434-947-8578 - Email:

Assistant Athletic Trainer - Rebekkah Gaston

Gaston joins the WildCats after a year as an assistant at King University in Bristol, Tenn., working with the women's soccer, men's basketball, tennis and dance programs.

Prior to that, Gaston was an assistant with Savannah State for two years, working with the softball, volleyball and women's basketball programs.

In addition to her undergraduate experience at Liberty, she earned her master's as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at East Stroudsburg.

Phone: 434-947-8578 - Email:

Assistant Athletic Trainer - Matt Yates 

Yates comes to Randolph with several years of experience in the field.  He spent the previous two years at crosstown Liberty University as a graduate assistant.  While with the Flames, Yates worked primarily with two different teams.  He assisted the football team in his first year, before helping the track and field program during his second year.  Yates also served as the head team leader at the Gatorade Summer Camps in the summer between his two years at Liberty.

Prior to LU, Yates attended Gardner-Webb University, majoring in Athletic Training.  While majoring in the field, he served two years within the G-WU athletic training department, gaining valuable experience.  During the summers, he interned with Carolina Panthers of the National Football League and Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League.

Yates is also a member of several regional and national organizations.  He is a member of the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (VATA), the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association (NCATA), Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Yates attained his B.S. in Athletic Training from Gardner-Webb in May of 2014.  He recently earned a Master of Public Health degree in Nutrition from Liberty.

Phone: 434-947-8578 - Email -

Team Physicians

Edward J. Lewis, MD

Edward J. Lewis joined Randolph as a team physician in the fall of 2014, working with the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Dr. Lewis went on to study at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, completing his residence at VCU-Fairfax Family Practice and fellowship at Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Lewis is affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Medical Association (AMA) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

For more on Dr. Lewis, visit the OCCVA here.


Omar Elkhamra, MD

Omar Elkhamra joined Randolph as a team physician in the fall of 2014, working with the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia.

Dr. Elkhamara is a graduate of Beirut Arab University in Lebanon, completing his residency at the Internal Medicine Cleveland Clinic Health System.

He has practiced sports medicine with the University of Pennsylvania and served as an assistant to the team physician of the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Eagles.

He is also a Certified Impact Consultant for the management of concussions.

For more on Dr. Elkhamara, visit the OCCVA here.


Visiting Team Letter

The athletic training staff would like to welcome you to Randolph College.  We are taking this opportunity to inform you of the athletic training services available to your team during your visit. Click here for the read the rest of the Visiting Team Letter HERE.

Directions to Care Centers

Lynchburg General Hospital ER

1901 Tate Springs Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Orthopedic Center of Central Virgina

2405 Atherholt Rd.
Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Central Virginia Family Physicians

2137 Lakeside Dr. Suite 104
Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Pre-Participation Forms (PDF) and Online Forms:

Prior to participating on a Randolph College Athletic team, all athletes must provide the Athletic Training Department with personal information to assist and insure treatments that meet each student athlete’s needs.