Bulldogs News · Athletic trainers recognized during athletic training month


QUEEN CREEK, Ariz.–During March every year the National Athletic Trainers’ Association dedicates the month to spreading awareness about the importance of athletic training in healthcare.

At QCHS, we are so grateful to have three amazing athletic trainers, who help keep our athletes safe and teach our students about sports medicine.

QCHS Athletic Trainers- Casey McKay, Amy Shipp and Dayna Tierney

Amy Shipp 

Amy has been a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer since 2012. She worked at ASU during her undergrad through NAU, working mainly with the wrestling and softball teams. Once graduated, she got a job as the assistant athletic trainer at Basha High School. She worked at Basha for four years and then went to Casteel for one year. She has been at Queen Creek for the last four years.

“I love the community here at QCHS,” said Shipp. “There have been times where the community has felt like family and my family has been welcomed without hesitation.  Also, I love working with the students. Because of my role I get to know the athletes in a way their teachers never will. I see the desire, the hopelessness, the passion, the confidence and everything in between that comes with getting an athlete ready to perform again following an injury. It’s my favorite thing to take an athlete from a seemingly career-devastating injury and build them up and work with them to see them excel, confidently, at the sport they love. I truly love what I do here.”

Casey McKay 

Casey went to South Dakota State University and graduated in 2014 with her bachelor’s in athletic training. She continued her education at AT Still University to earn her master’s degree and doctorate in athletic training. She has worked at Sierra Linda High School, the Barrow Neurological Institute and found her home at Queen Creek High School, where she has been the last four years.

“My favorite part about working at Queen Creek is the great relationships we have established with our athletes, coaches and parents,” said McKay.

Casey, Amy and Dayna with our student trainers.

Dayna Tierney 

Dayna has been an athletic trainer for seven years. She spent her first six at Phoenix Christian Prep and this is her first at Queen Creek. She is the sports medicine teacher and also provides extra coverage for sports at the high school and at the junior high schools when needed.

“My favorite thing about being an athletic trainer here at QCHS is getting to work with Casey and Amy and our students,” said Tierney. “Casey, Amy and I make a great team, and I love getting to work alongside them. I also love getting to work with our students and watch them learn and practice the hands-on skills they learn in the classroom. Watching the kids grow and learn is by far the best part of the job!”

We love and appreciated our athletic trainers!