North Dallas athletic trainer Nicholas Saldivar was recognized in March by the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association for his outstanding care with all the student-athletes.
Nicholas (or Coach Sal), who came to North Dallas in August 2016, watches over the North Dallas student-athletes and attends many of the games. He studied athletic training at the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate, and then attended Houston Methodist Hospital in Sugar Land for his post-graduate education.
“It was a recognition of athletic trainers who display competent care in different cultural settings,” Nicholas said during the soccer team’s playoff run. “So being aware of different ethnicities, different cultures, and different backgrounds, delivering care based off of that awareness.
Nicholas said he was happy to be recognized, but …
“I didn’t think that they would recognize me,” he said. “I sent in my experiences in athletic training and I guess they felt that was unique. At the end of the day, I’m just doing my job. … It’s nice to get recognized every once in a while for your efforts. I’m definitely appreciative of all my athletes and what they thought about me and things like that.”
Saldivar said his hours vary at ND. On non-game days, it’s usually 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on game days, it’s 10 a.m. to as late as midnight, depending on the travel.
Also recognized in March was athletic trainer Ryan Peña, who is often seen at the games at Cobb Field House and sometimes fills in for Nicholas at North Dallas.
Nicolas Saldivar (or Coach Sal) takes care of the North Dallas student-athletes.
Coach Sal and Coach Kystal Mikeska escort injured goalkeeper Angel Bazen off the field during the playoff game against Alvarado.
Nicholas Saldivar (middle) walks off the field with Celis Ordonez, who was injured during a playoff soccer game.