Michael Laverriere: Outstanding Graduate Assistant in KPE
Michael Laverriere was a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology Physical Education and Athletic Training for two years under the supervision of Jennifer McNulty, lecturer in health education and lifespan. Michael will be earning his master’s degree in kinesiology and physical education this spring. His undergraduate degree is in exercise science with a minor in human nutrition. During his time at UMaine, he developed a strong interest in human anatomy and exercise physiology. In conjunction with educational experiences, he had the opportunity to play college football which introduced him to many different styles of training. His experience as a collegiate athlete sparked his interest in helping others train in a more effective way. He has come to know that he has only scratched the surface on what there is to know about training. He is in a never-ending pursuit of information and learning from others. He hopes to bring a different perspective to the field, based on his own experiences. He would love to work with college athletes preparing to enter professional sports. This coming summer, he will be interning at the University of Connecticut working with the football team as a strength and conditioning coach. He hopes to take what he has learned during this opportunity to help guide him as he enters the workforce full-time. He feels completely prepared to enter this field thanks to the University of Maine and all the faculty he has had the opportunity to learn from.
Statement from the KPEAT faculty:
Michael has been an outstanding graduate student in our school, and he will be missed so much. His willingness to always step up and help faculty and students, offer his expertise in exercise prescription and nutrition, and be a role model for students cannot be replaced. Michael always went above and beyond to create unique programs for his students and had a way of explaining content so everyone felt a part of the lesson. We wish him all the best in all he pursues and hope he knows that he has made a lasting impression not only on our program, but on all those he has worked with over the last two years.