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La Tanja  Batiste
La Tanja Batiste
Position:
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine

Alma Mater:
Georgia Southern University, 2000

Hometown:
Augusta, GA

La Tanja Batiste, commonly referred to as "LT", is in her first year as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at Elizabeth City State University.

She joins the Vikings staff after serving 11 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Queens University of Charlotte. Prior to time with the Royals, she spent one year as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for Benedict College in Columbia, SC. As the Head Athletic Trainer for the Vikings, LT is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Sports Medicine Department and the provision of exemplary medical coverage to 10 Division II NCAA sports team as well as the cheer team.

LT's tenure as Head Athletic Trainer at Queens began in 2004. In 2009 she received additional responsibilities as the Senior Woman Administrator and jointly held these positions for the next five years. During this time, she was part of a rapidly growing athletic department that expanded to 19 NCAA Division II sports plus cheer with the addition of men's and women's swim (2011) and field hockey (2015). There was also a considerable increase in the full time sports medicine staff from one to five. LT was also handed the task of designing and furnishing two additional fully functioning sports medicine facilities.

During her time at Queens, LT was the direct athletic trainer for the 2009-10 softball team and the 2010-11 men's basketball teams as they made appearances regionally in their respective NCAA National Tournaments. As the direct athletic trainer for the Royals men's basketball, men's and women's cross country/track and field, women's soccer, and softball teams, along with being a preceptor for CAATE accredited undergraduate athletic training programs, LT brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Vikings' Athletic Department.

LT credits her position of Assistant Athletic Trainer at Benedict College with preparing her for the aspects of athletic training that cannot be learned in the classroom. Being only one of two certified athletic trainers, who were responsible for providing medical coverage, injury prevention and care to 13 Division II NCAA sports, including football, is what LT attributes her preparedness for her role at ECSU. While at Benedict, LT had the privilege of working with the 2003-2004 SIAC Tournament Championship Teams for men's and women's basketball and softball.

LT received her Master's degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia State University in 2003 while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Walton High School in Marietta, GA. While at Georgia State, she also served as a volunteer athletic trainer with the Georgia Force, Atlanta's Arena Football Team.

La Tanja's athletic training career began as an undergraduate athletic training student at Georgia Southern University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology in 2000, while having the pleasure of working with the Eagles 1999 Division I-AA National Football Championship Team.

La Tanja is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and is also a 2011 graduate and active member of the NCAA's Leadership Institute.