Marist Magazine

Strengthening Student-Athletes


Eli Bisnett-Cobb ’04 brings a wealth of NFL and NCAA experience to his new position as head athletic trainer at the University of San Diego

Eli Bisnett-Cobb '04

Fall 2018 — The University of San Diego (USD) has named Eli Bisnett-Cobb, MS, ATC, director of sports medicine and head athletics trainer.

The 2004 Marist graduate previously held positions with two NFL teams and served as an associate athletic trainer with University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for the past four years.

“Eli has earned an outstanding reputation as a result of his terrific work at USD, UCSD, and in the NFL, and the wealth of experience he brings to our program will be of immense value,” said USD Associate Vice President/Executive Director of Athletics Bill McGillis. “Eli is very well-trained and is passionate both about his craft and the student-athletes he serves. I am very confident that his positive energy and leadership style will enable us to build on the great foundation already in place.”

USD will be a familiar place for Bisnett-Cobb, having worked there as an assistant athletic trainer from 2008 to 2010.

He fills the void left by longtime Toreros head athletic trainer Carolyn Greer, who retired on July 20 after 40 years in the position. Bisnett-Cobb’s first position in collegiate athletics was under Greer’s leadership.

“USD has been a very special place for my family and I for a long time, and I’m glad I get to return to such an amazing university and continue to uphold the standard of care for the Torero student-athletes that Carolyn Greer has worked so hard to establish,” said Bisnett-Cobb. “She set the standard really high and I’m honored to be following her.”

Bisnett-Cobb earned his undergraduate degree in athletic training from Marist, where he was captain of the track and field team, before completing his master’s in exercise science at George Washington University in 2006. At George Washington, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

He began his professional career with the Minnesota Vikings in 2006, assisting the sports medicine staff with injury prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and emergency medical care to athletes and team personnel.

After two seasons with the Vikings, he made his way west for his first tenure with USD as an assistant athletic trainer providing primary coverage for the men’s soccer, baseball, and cross country teams.

Bisnett-Cobb returned to the NFL in 2010, serving as the assistant athletic trainer with the Washington Redskins. He assisted in the management, care, prevention, evaluation, recognition, treatment, and rehabilitation of all players and team personnel.

During his time with the Redskins, he was also heavily involved in concussion protocol monitoring and record-keeping, maintenance and records of prescription medication usage, and managing a group of seasonal interns.

He returned to San Diego in 2014 as an associate athletic trainer at UCSD, where he provided primary care for the men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s golf teams.

Bisnett-Cobb worked closely with the athletic performance director, sports performance coaches, sports nutritionist, and mind coach to develop a sports performance unit that worked together to enhance the overall performance and well-being of student-athletes.

He lives in San Diego with his wife, Christie, who played volleyball for USD from 2003 to 2007, and their two sons, Tyson and Braylen.

To read the full fall 2018 issue of Marist magazine, click here.

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