Vince Blankenship is in his second year as an assistant athletic trainer and physical therapist at West Virginia, working primarily with the Mountaineer football program. He also provides the athletic training coverage and treatment for the WVU golf team.
Blankenship assists with the day-to-day care, rehabilitation and prevention of athletic injuries for the football program. He also has duties as an instructor in the WVU athletic training education program.
Blankenship recently served as a seasonal athletic training assistant with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He handled day-to-day duties with the operations within the athletic training department, including injury prevention, player evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, overseeing the staff’s interns and working practices and games.
Prior to that, he worked a sports medicine clinical with the football team at Georgia for the 2007 and 2012 seasons. He spent two years as a high school outreach athletic trainer for University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and as a part-time athletic trainer at Georgia Regents University, while earning his doctor of physical therapy. He also worked as a preseason athletic trainer with the Detroit Lions.
Blankenship earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science with an athletic training emphasis at Georgia in 2009, and his doctor of physical therapy at Georgia Regents University in 2013.
He and his wife, Idania, reside in Morgantown.