Arkansas searching for new head trainer

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Arkansas trainer Matt Summers walks off the field during a game against Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas trainer Matt Summers walks off the field during a game against Auburn on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas is in the market for a new head football trainer.

Matt Summers, who has led the Razorbacks' football training staff since 2009, recently resigned to accept a similar position at Louisville, sources said. Summers, a Louisville graduate, sought the new position, according to those familiar with the move.

An Arkansas team spokesperson confirmed Summers is no longer with the program, and the position of Director of Athletic Training is listed on the University of Arkansas' employment website. The university is accepting applications through June 13.

A search of the University of Louisville's staff directory lists Matthew Summers as the Director of Sports Medicine. Louisville has not formally announced the hire.

At Louisville, Summers will be reunited with Bobby Petrino, the former Arkansas head coach who is entering his fifth season in his second stint as head coach of the Cardinals. Summers was an assistant trainer on Petrino's Louisville staffs from 2003-06, and worked with Petrino at Arkansas from 2009-12.

Summers earned a master's degree from Louisville in 2005 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in 2002.

The Razorbacks have had only three football trainers in the past 45 seasons. Dean Weber, who was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in April, held the title from 1973-2007. Summers replaced Joe Sheehan, who was the trainer during the 2008 season and resigned the following spring to work in the NFL.

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