WAYNESBORO – Will Riggan is into athletic training. So much so it may become a career.
The Waynesboro senior became interested in athletic training through a sports medicine class which he took as a junior.
“One of the requirements was observation,” he said. “I became involved with volleyball, and football this year, and that was my favorite.
“I got to tape (the players) up before games, I made sure they were hydrated, and I looked after them if they got hurt.”
Spots medicine is just one of Riggan’s varied interests. He’s good at soccer and is adept in the classroom.
For his accomplishments, Waynesboro has nominated him as its spring selection for the City/County Student-Athlete of the Year award, sponsored by Elliott Chevrolet and The News Leader.
Athletically, Riggan is a full-time soccer player.
He was on the Waynesboro jayvees for two years before advancing to the varsity as a sophomore.
Riggan began playing soccer in the Blue Ridge Soccer Association at the age of five.
By age 10, he was on a travel team through the Augusta Futbol Club. He continued to play travel ball until the end of his freshman year.
On the pitch, Riggan was mostly a midfielder.
“It’s what I am good at,” he said. “You get a lot of assists.”
In the classroom, the Waynesboro senior holds a 3.31 grade-point average and is in the top quartile of his senior class.
Not surprisingly, sports medicine is his favorite subject while mathematics is more challenging.
In sports medicine, he currently has a mentorship with Waynesboro athletic director and football coach Derek McDaniel.
“He did a great job for us in football,” McDaniel said. “He’s easy going, works hard, and helps us set up the soccer fields in spring.
“And he’s a gamer. He has been playing soccer with a broken wrist.”
Riggan is involved in numerous extracurricular activities at his school.
He has been on the yearbook staff for two years, and as a junior, was part of the pep club.
Riggan is also a member of the honor council as is co-president and treasurer of the Sports Medicine Club..
Outside school, he has a summer job with a shipping concern.
He also helped with Waynesboro Riverfest a festival in early May dedicated to environmental concerns.
“They had canoe rides down the river,” Riggan said. “And I brought them back up.”
The Waynesboro senior will attend Roanoke College in the fall. He also considered Auburn University, where his father attended.
“Roanoke is relatively close to home and had the majors I was looking at,” he said of his selection. “And it’s only twice the size of this school. I will be studying athletic training.”
Riggan will work with some of the athletic teams at Roanoke. Eventually he hopes to make it a permanent occupation at either the college or high school level.”
“He’s a very dependable young man for his age,” McDaniel said. “He will do well in life.”
Each public high school from Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro selects fall, winter and spring nominees, then selects one finalist. One finalist will also be chosen from nominees made by area private schools.
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