Daniel Melara joined the sports medicine staff in the summer of 2010 as a Graduate Assistant and became an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 2012-13 year through a position funded by the West Coast Conference Diversity Initiative. He is currently responsible for the administrative assignments, prevention, rehabilitation, and management of injuries for all of USD's intercollegiate athletic teams. His primary sports and travel responsibilities include Women's Soccer, Baseball, and Golf teams.
He has worked as an intern for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers, has been the Host Athletic Trainer for the WCC Basketball Championships, and staffed the WCC Men's and Women's Tennis Championships and the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer College Cup. He is an adjunct faculty and teaches two sections of the Care and Prevention of Injuries course at San Diego City College. Daniel also serves on the Public Relations Committee for the Far West Athletic Trainers' Association (FWATA) by helping manage their social media presence.
Education and Professional Certifications
BS Kinesiology emphasis Athletic Training
NATABOC Certified Athletic Trainer
Preceptor- San Diego State University Athletic Training Educational Program
American Heart Association AED/CPR Certified Instructor
Born in Jersey City, NJ, Daniel grew up in Southern California with his parents Sergio and Angela, older sister Melissa, and younger siblings Steven and Stacey. He moved to San Diego for higher education and currently resides in North Park. He enjoys all things San Diego, especially the sunshine, craft cuisine, and numerous distinctive neighborhoods.
Celebration of Excellence 2017
Check out the end of the year COE boat cruise with student-athletes, coaches and staff
USD Athletics Highlight Video 2016-17
Don't miss the best highlights from this past year in USD Athletics
President for a Day
USD President Harris switched places with Track & Cross Country Senior Olivia Gonzalez
Torero Timeout with Olivia Sandusky
Walk down the beach with softball senior Olivia Sandusky on a Torero Timeout
Jamal Agnew Drafted to the Detroit Lions
Jamal Agnew was drafted in the fifth round as the #165 pick to the Lions