Martin adds two to staff

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State men’s basketball coach Frank Martin announced the addition of Mike Lopriore as athletic trainer and Amanda Steffens as administrative assistant on Tuesday. 


Lopriore comes to Kansas State with over 30 years of experience in athletic training, including 14 in professional baseball.  His time in professional baseball includes five years with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1984-88), three years with the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2000) as Rehabilitation Director and six years with the New York Mets (2000-06), the last two years as Rehabilitation Director.  He worked with famed managers Tommy Lasorda (Dodgers), Buck Showalter (Diamondbacks) as well as Bobby Valentine, Art Howe and Willie Randolph with the Mets.  He arrives from Cienega High School in Vail, Ariz., where he spent the 2006-07 school year as the head athletic trainer. 


Lopriore also has extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans (1988-92).  During his time at UNO, he worked as the men’s basketball trainer for then head coach and current USC head coach Tim Floyd.  In addition, he served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Louisiana Superdome.  He also logged time as an athletic trainer at Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College (1980-82) and Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79; 1982-84).


Between his stints in professional baseball and UNO, Lopriore spent five years as the staff athletic trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center (1992-97) in Kenner, La.


Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at UL-Lafayette (1977-79), including a two-month stint as the acting head trainer in 1978.  He returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84.    


Lopriore was named a Gratis Faculty Member at the LSU Medical School in New Orleans in 1997. 


A native of Jamestown, N.Y., Lopriore earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and sports medicine from Eastern Kentucky in 1976 and a Master’s degree in secondary education and physical education from Louisiana-Lafayette in 1979.  He has two sons, Michael (22) and Lance (18).


Steffens joins the staff after spending the past year as a student assistant in the men’s basketball office.  She also spent time as an undergraduate working in the department of housing and dining at the university.  A native of Junction City, Kan., Steffens earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from Kansas State this past May.