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Philosophy of Athletic Training Services

Cate employs the services of board certified athletic trainers to work in conjunction with the Health Center’s staff in an effort to enhance the safety of Cate student-athletes.

The athletic training staff is responsible for the day-to-day evaluation and care of athletic injuries and assist in the coordination of appropriate medical care when necessary.

Our top priority is the health and safety of Cate School student-athletes. We provide the highest quality sports medicine care to each student-athlete to allow them to participate as quickly and as safely as possible.

We practice within all state and national laws including the policies of the Board of Certification, Inc, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the National Federation of High Schools Association and the California Interscholastic Federation. We do our best to be accessible to every team, athlete, and coach and will maintain the athletic training center with proper equipment and supplies to provide the best care for athletic injuries.

We maintain a safe environment for athletics by ensuring venue maintenance, maintaining current education, and communicating when there is potential for inclement weather. We use current, evidence-based practices to provide effective treatments and rehabilitation and conditioning techniques to meet the needs and goals of our program.

We provide a safe and welcoming environment in the athletic training center for every student.

Athletic Training Staff

MS, ATC Head Athletic Trainer

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Shannon joined Cate School in 2011 as the Head Athletic Trainer. She earned her Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Seton Hall University in 2010 and completed clinical rotations in a number of settings including private and public high school and minor league baseball. Shannon’s two-year group research project was selected to present at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association annual meeting in 2010. More recently, she was chosen for a volunteer rotation with the US Olympic Committee in Chula Vista, CA and worked with athletes from Men’s Field Hockey, BMX and Paralympic Track and Field. She completed the EXOS Performance Therapy Mentorship and is regularly pursuing a number of continuing education opportunities.

Shannon lives on campus with her husband, Matthew, who works in the Athletics Department, their son, Easton, and their Border Collie, Kit.


BS, MA, Assistant Athletic Trainer

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Lauren Ellis comes to Cate as the new Assistant Athletic Trainer. Originally from Ventura County, she began pursuing her career at California State University, Sacramento. Lauren graduated in 2014 with her BS in Athletic Training. Following graduation and becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer, Lauren attended the University of West Alabama to pursue her Master of Art in Teaching degree, with a concentration and emphasis in Athletic Training. Lauren was a full-time graduate student, also working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the University.

After graduation in 2016, Lauren was accepted into the Fellowship program at UC Davis, where she worked primarily with the cross country and track and field teams. Following her fellowship, she moved to Los Angeles to accept a full-time position with Occidental College, working primarily with cross country, track and field, women’s volleyball, and basketball.

When Lauren is not in the athletic training room, she enjoys playing volleyball, golfing, hiking, and spending time with family!

Lieah Maxfield began her athletic training career by completing her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology at San Diego State University in 2012. She left San Diego to continue her education at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania where she gained experience as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for ESU’s women’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. Upon graduation in 2015 from the Advanced Clinical Practicum in Athletic Training master’s program, she continued her career in college athletics where she was able to work closely with both men’s and women’s sports. One of her highlights was working with the University of Antelope Valley’s baseball team and making it to the 2018 World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Most recently, Lieah has worked as a per diem athletic trainer providing first aid and emergency care for youth sports tournaments and camps across Southern California.

Lieah’s priority is the health and success of all the athletes she works with, not only on the field but in their endeavors beyond their sport. When not working, she enjoys backpacking in the summer, skiing in the winter, and taking walks with her husband & dogs daily.