Mark Vrba begins his fourth year as the NIACC Staff Head Athletic Trainer after being contracted out by Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa as the Head Athletic Trainer since August of 2002. Mark has been an adjunct instructor at NIACC since 2006 and currently teaches in our Wellness, Exercise Science, and Leisure Services program (WESLS). Mark graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002 with two Bachelor Degrees, the first in Athletic Training, and the second in Biology. After graduation Mark worked for Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa as a clinical athletic trainer and was contracted out to cover NIACC as the Head Athletic Trainer.
In 2003, Mark became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In 2005, Mark obtained a Masters of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion: with an emphasis in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from California University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his Masters degree, Mark earned his Performance Enhancement Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. While working for Mercy in 2006, Mark was named the Coordinator of the new Mercy/Athletic Republic Sports Training program and remained head of this program until the Spring of 2008. In July of 2008, Mark was hired by NIACC as the full time Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. In addition to his duties, Mark continues to teach as an Adjunct Instructor in the WESLS program, focusing mostly on classes in the Exercise Science field.