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Ariko Iso was appointed head football athletic trainer at Oregon State, athletic director Bob De Carolis announced Wednesday.

Iso arrives at OSU after working as an assistant athletic trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers since July of 2002. Iso was the only female athletic trainer in the NFL and worked in three Super Bowls for the team.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity that lies ahead at my alma mater,” Iso said in a press release. “Oregon State is where I started my athletic training education and I’m looking forward to returning to the beautiful campus after being away for 15 years. I have many fond memories of Corvallis as a student and I’m ready to make more.”

Prior to accepting the position with the Steelers, Iso spent five years as the associate athletic trainer for Portland State, where she served as the head football trainer. Her collegiate career also includes serving as the assistant athletic trainer at Foothill College in California for nearly three years.

In addition to her collegiate experience, Iso has served as the head trainer at the 2006 World 21 and Under Track Championships, the 2001 World Cross Country Championships, the 1998 Yokohama International Ekiden and the 1996 East-West Shrine Football Game.

She has also worked at the Nike World Master Games, U.S. Mobil Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and at the 1994 World Cup Soccer tournament.

Iso graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s of science degree in health and human performance in 1993 and earned a master’s of art in physical education from San Jose State in 1995.

She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. The Tokyo native is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

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