Athletic Training Staff

Head Athletic Trainer
Mr. Don Tillson has been the Head Athletic Trainer at O’Connell since 1978. An O’Connell graduate (‘73) he began athletic training while earning a B.S. in Health & P.E. from Old Dominion University. Mr. Tillson received his masters degree in Sports Medicine from U.Va. in 1978. He is certified by the NATA and licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. He is a Red Cross instructor in first aid/CPR and has a special interest in emergency preparedness. Mr. Tillson also teaches in the Health and PE Department and is the chairman of the Athletic Hall of Fame committee. He was inducted into the O’Connell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998 after twenty years of dedicated service. He and his wife of over 25 years, Michele, have two sons, Danny (O’Connell ‘09) and Matthew. For recreation, he enjoys hiking and bicycling.

Assistant Athletic Trainer
Miss Alicia Doran is the new assistant athletic trainer this year. She graduated in May 2015 from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. She is certified by the NATA and licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Her practicum experiences included rotations the following teams: football, cheerleading, soccer, cross country, track, tennis, women’s lacrosse and a general medical rotation. Miss Doran likes to work with crafts and weight trains for exercise.

Team Physician

Dr. Ron Paik serves as our team physician. He is an orthopedic surgeon and joined the Nirschl Orthopaedic Centerin Arlington in 2014. Dr. Paik graduated from the University of Virginia where he was in the Echols Scholar Honors Program. He received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School where he was selected as a National Institutes of Health Summer Research Fellow. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine in Chicago. He went on to pursue further fellowship training in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the world renowned Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, which pioneered the Tommy John surgical procedure for baseball pitchers.

Student Aides
A staff of O’Connell students assist with the daily operation of the athletic training program. They work in the training room after school and at many practices and games helping to provide taping, first aid and other services.