Meet Joseph Ekhoff, Head AT at Mountain Vista High School
How many years have you been at your DCSD school?
Where did you go to school?
Grant Park High School in Illinois
Olivet Nazarene University
What is your favorite thing about working at your school?
The people at Vista are like family.
What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?
My first season at Vista I was hired on as the assistant athletic trainer. I was fortunate enough to work with our girls soccer program pretty closely. I was able to be on the field for the state championship game and we won!! Pretty great way to start off one's young professional career.
What are some other professional experiences you have had?
Not many; I started off working at a high school in Illinois then moved on to Vista here in Colorado.
What are you surprisingly good at?
I would say building trust and relationships at work.
What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?
I would have to say the trust and respect I've built with coaches, athletes, parents, and administration. When I started there was a culture of athletes and coaches being leery of seeing the athletic trainer. I believe that has turned to trust.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I would have to say my biggest accomplishments are all of my senior athletes making it through an entire season without missing a game when the previous 3 years they haven't due to injury.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
I would have to say adventuring. Whether it's fishing, hunting, hiking, snowboarding, and backpacking; I'm in!
I grew up in Illinois where all of my family lives. I have 2 older brothers and a younger sister. My parents still live in the house I grew up in.