Dave England promoted, Polanski named head football trainer

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Arkansas trainer Dave England watches before the Hogs take on Missouri Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Arkansas trainer Dave England watches before the Hogs take on Missouri Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.

— Longtime athletic trainer Dave England has been promoted to interim Director of Athletic Training and Dave Polanksi has been named head athletic trainer for football, Arkansas announced Thursday.

In his role as interim director, England, who has been with the Razorbacks since 1984, will have administrative oversight of Arkansas’ sports medicine program.

England will remain head trainer for the men’s basketball program and continue his work with Arkansas baseball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and the Razorbacks spirit squads. In 2016, England earned the Chris Patrick Award, given to the most outstanding athletic trainer in the SEC.

Polanski replaces Matt Summers, who led the Razorbacks' football training staff from 2009-17. Summers resigned in May to accept a similar position at Louisville. A Louisville graduate, Summers sought the new position, according to those familiar with the move.

Polanski spent the previous 19 years at Tulsa serving as the school’s Director of Sports Medicine and Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Health and Performance. He also worked at UCLA beginning in 1994 as an assistant athletic trainer. Polanski holds a master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Arizona.

Discussion

Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.