Now over six months, and one fall sports season later, the 24-year old Southern Utah University graduate, is all smiles as she tends to her daily duties in the Wasp training room.
“I love it. It’s exactly what I wanted,” she said recalling the April day she came to the campus for the first time. “Some of things we have here are nicer than at SUU,” she laughed.
Nicer than the facilities though, are the coaches and players she’s gotten to know since her first day on the job. “Everyone is just so nice,” she stated. “I’ve felt really welcome here from the beginning. I’m really enjoying it.”
That’s a good thing. The hours and time demands on a high school athletic trainer can be consuming. On a normal day of practices, Lacee arrives at the school early in the afternoon. She knows that sometimes up to an hour before a team’s practice, wounded warriors will be coming into the training room for ice, tape or stretching.
Or, sometimes, just to say hello.
The first-year trainer graduated from Timpanogos High in 2007 and enrolled at SUU. Early course study in nursing led her to athletic training through a friend.
The former high school soccer player was aware of what a trainer did, but because she never had any serious injuries of her own while playing, she never gave it much thought.
“After hearing so much about it and then actually seeing it—you know, being around sports, I knew right then exactly what I wanted to do,” she mused. Focused on her new career, she felt taking care of some life plans was in order first.
After serving an LDS mission in Virginia, Lacee returned to the Cedar City campus where she had already put in three and half years. 18 months on the east coast only invigorated her desire to get her degree in athletic training and find that perfect opportunity in the workplace.
With her 2013 graduation from SUU around the corner, Lacee began to inquire about jobs. A friend, who was with the Utah Argos, of the Professional Football Development League, looked into her coming aboard, but there were no openings.
Perhaps it was divine intervention from that point, as local physical therapy guru, Alan Bluth, who was with the Argos, suggested Lacee look into the athletic trainer opening at WHS.
Since that time last spring, Wasatch student athletes have been treated to the smiling face of Miss Brown. Not just for their bumps and bruises, but for their egos, as she has invested more than just her service as the school’s trainer, but as a big sister.
Lacee hopes to keep her dream job for a long time, stating that working for a great high school, as its trainer, was something she wanted from the beginning. “I love all the kids, they’re great,” she added. “Being around them has made me appreciate my younger brother’s sense of humor a lot more.”