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Scarlet Knights Athletic Training Staff
Dave McCune
Head Football Trainer


For over the past decade, the health and wellness of the Rutgers football team has been the responsibility of Head Football Athletic Trainer David McCune. In his 12th season with the Scarlet Knights, McCune oversees all aspects of athletic training from injury prevention to rehabilitation within the program. McCune also assists with the coordination of the entire athletic department’s athletic training staff.

He has worked with head coach Kyle Flood since his arrival as an assistant coach in 2008. McCune worked for former head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano for more than a decade, also serving as Coordinator of Athletic Training and Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Miami for four seasons (1997-2000), before joining the Scarlet Knights for the 2001 season.

McCune, a Virginia native, received his Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison, and earned his Master’s Degree from Missouri State University. He began his career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Missouri State in 1989, where he worked for one year before being named Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Miami’s HealthSouth Sports Medicine Clinic (1989-93), and named the Director of the Clinic from 1993-95.

He then returned to his alma mater, James Madison, as Athletic Trainer, where he served from 1995-97 before joining the University of Miami program.

Mike Pawlusiak
Assistant Football Athletic Trainer

Mike Pawlusiak enters his eigth year with the Scarlet Knights, working as the First Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Rutgers Football Program.

Most recently, Pawlusiak worked as a Staff Athletic Trainer at Florida International University from 2000-2004.

Pawlusiak graduated from Castleton State College(‘96) with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and University of Miami (‘00) with a M.S. Ed in Sports Medicine, while also serving as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer.

Pawlusiak and his wife, Jamie, reside in Piscataway with their son.

Arno Rheinberger
Assistant Football Athletic Trainer

Arno Rheinberger is in his ninth year as an athletic trainer at Rutgers University, working with the football and men’s lacrosse teams. During his first year with the Scarlet Knights Arno worked with the women's volleyball, wrestling, and men's and women's outdoor track and field teams.

Prior to working at Rutgers University, Rheinberger was an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe. He also was a seasonal athletic trainer with the New York Giants over the course of three seasons.

Rheinberger completed his graduate studies in Kinesiology at the University of Wyoming (’02) and received his Bachelor of Science at Rutgers University (’00).

Rheinberger currently resides in New Brunswick.

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