Hawkins resigns as RISD trainer

Will take new position at Little River

Hawkins Hawkins The very first athletic trainer in RISD history is retiring.

Henry Hawkins tendered his resignation at the last school board meeting and will accept a brand new position with Little River Healthcare, which will keep him in town.

"This is great news for him, bad news for us," said RISD Athletic Director Jeff Miller. "He is the most valuable person

to our kids in the athletic program. There is no way to put a price on what he brought to our program. "It will be difficult to find someone as dedicated, loyal and hard working as he is." "It is difficult to leave because

of the relationships I have with the coaches, the players and the students. It's the most difficult decision I've had to make."

Along with his 24-hour a day trainer position, Hawkins was also teaching two health classes and a science class.

At Little River, Hawkins, 56, will head an outreach program to local high schools and provide them with athletic training services and injury exams.

He will also lend a hand with physical therapy as well.

"It's a great opportunity for him and we're fortunate that he is still going to be a part of our community," Miller said.

Hawkins was hired in 2004 as RISD's first full-time trainer.

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