SNU Graduate Hits Home Run as the Marlins First Woman Field Staff Member

Melissa Hampton - SNU AlumniMelissa Hampton, an SNU alumni who graduated in 2013, has been hired on as the athletic trainer for the Marlin’s Gulf Coast League team. Hampton, who grew up in Piedmont, OK, attended Southern Nazarene University where she studied Athletic Training. She then went on to Dallas Baptist University and earned her M.S. in Kinesiology. Hampton was hired on as the Marlin’s athletic training intern in 2017 and, after a year, was offered the position to work full time for the GCL team. Hampton has also interned for ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL, Dallas Baptist University as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer, and Towson University in Maryland as the Athletic Training intern. 

Hampton (left), alongside her co-worker and roommate Alexandria Rigoli (right), were featured in an article by the Sun Sentinel entitled ‘Marlins Hire Women for Baseball Operations, Field Staff Positions for First Time in Franchise History,” by Tim Healey. Healey, in his interview with Hampton, stated, “Hampton considers herself lucky in that she learned what she wanted to do when she was 12. Around then she started keeping stats for the school baseball team, her first real exposure to the game aside from attending pro games. Tracking statistics turned into assisting with the athletic training, which turned into attending summer athletic training camps.” Being the first woman in her position has not fazed Hampton and she tells Healey, “‘For me, it’s not weird being in the clubhouse or being in the dugout, because that’s all I’ve ever known’.” The SNU community is proud to call Hampton one of our own and we cannot wait to see what she will accomplish next. For the full article on Melissa Hampton, please click on the below.