Randy Oravetz enjoys seeing his staff succeed.
Oravets — Florida State’s former sports medicine director who retired in 2011 after 32 years with the program — is keeping an eye on the U.S. men’s national team.
Trying to make sure former Seminole players stay healthy.
Ron Shinault is the team’s head athletic trainer.
“It’s neat for those of us who were out there,” said Oravets, who was inducted into FSU’s Athletic Hall of Fame last spring as part of the Class of 2021. “We brought Ron in for football and he was great.
“You smile and laugh at yourself – it’s good to see that it’s working out for everybody.”
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‘Dream job’ for Ron Shinault
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Shinault earned a master’s degree in sports administration at FSU (2002-004).
He then worked in athletic training at several universities and at the professional level before focusing on football.
Shinault was the head athletic trainer and director of performance with Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes from 2015-2019.
In 2019, he was named the head athletic trainer for the men’s team in the United States Soccer Federation.
“It is a true honor to represent the United States. It’s a dream job,” Schinault told UGA.edu.com’s Rachel Cooper.
The USMNT has a chance to make a statement
The USMNT opened the World Cup with a 1-1 draw against Wales last week.
It faces Group B toppers and World Cup favorites England – at Al Bait Stadium in Qatar on Friday at 2pm.
England recorded a 6-2 win over Iran.
US captain Tyler Adams said his team had a chance to make a statement against England.
“I think it’s obviously a huge opportunity to quickly find out the impact we can have,” Adams told the media.
“These are high-pressure, (high) privilege moments to be on the field against some of these guys. We respect them — it’s probably a mutual respect between both teams. When you get a result in a game like this, you know, people. A little bit more.” Start respecting Americans.”
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