D-backs make Kelly Boyce 1st female head trainer

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 00:46:59-04

Kelly Boyce, a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Mesa Community College, just became the first head female athletic trainer in Arizona Diamondbacks history.

On Tuesday, the D-backs announced Boyce will be the head trainer for the AZL Diamondbacks, the team's rookie league team, this season.

"This has been my dream job for a long time," Boyce told MCC. "The Diamondbacks are an amazing organization and I can't say enough good things about the staff and athletes. 

"They have been incredibly welcoming, and I'm beyond excited to be a part of an organization that cares about their athletes and co-workers as much as they do."

Boyce is also the first woman in franchise history to work for the D-backs' Sports Medicine and Performance team. 

"It was a no-brainer to hire Kelly," D-backs minor league medical coordinator Kyle Torgerson said. "We are excited for her to be part of our sports medicine team and the potential she has to move up through the system to higher levels."

Boyce has a master's degree in athletic training from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Missouri. She was a certified athletic training intern with the D-backs from 2012-15.

Boyce is the most recent woman to break new ground in the Valley pro sports scene. Last season, the Arizona Cardinals named Dr. Jen Welter as an assistant coaching intern during the preseason, making her the first female coach in NFL history.