Dawn Hearn is entering her 23rd year at UTEP. She began her tenure in the fall of 1988 when she began as an Assistant Athletic Trainer, and was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in April of 1995.
At that time she was only the third female to be a Head Athletic Trainer of an FBS Athletic Training Program, and the second in charge of football.
She supervises four full-time assistants, five graduate assistants and approximately 15 undergraduate students at UTEP. She has had close to 50 students graduate under her supervision who are now working as athletic trainers.
In April 2008, Hearn was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame, for her many years of service to the University and the El Paso Community.
Hearn hales from Centerville, Iowa, where she was a three-sport athlete at Centerville High School; excelling in softball as a three-time first team all-conference third baseman. She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education, with minors in athletic training and coaching from Iowa State.
Upon becoming certified in 1986, she attended Graduate School at Ohio University, where her graduate assistantship consisted of covering Jackson High School athletics.
She commpleted her master's of science degree in physical education with an emphasis in Athletic Training in June 1987 before going on to spend two summers with the US Volleyball Association.
Hearn loves spending time during the summer months at Elephant Butte Lake on her boat with her two dogs (her kids), fishing, skiing and camping.