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Brian Bonnar joined the University of Pittsburgh's Athletics Department in July of 2003. Bonnar is the head athletic trainer for the Panthers’ wrestling team and oversees the athletic training staff at Fitzgerald Field House. He has also worked with the Pitt volleyball and tennis teams during his tenure. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. Bonnar went on to receive his master’s degree in athletic training in 2002 from Ohio University (OU). While at OU, Bonnar served as the head athletic trainer at Federal Hocking High School in Stewart, Ohio. Prior to joining the Panthers’ staff, Bonnar served as the head athletic trainer at nearby Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA, where he worked with all varsity sports. A Pittsburgh native, Bonnar and his wife Heather have a son, Jacob and a daughter, Karina.

Courses Recently Taught 

  • Basic Athletic Training and Lab 
  • Administrative Aspects of Athletic Training 

Professional Associations

  • NATA member 
  • NSCA member 
  • American Red Cross AED/CPR/First Aid Instructor


Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition


Athletic Training

Education & Training

  • MS, Ohio University
  • BS, University of Pittsburgh

Representative Publications

  • The Relationship Between Isometric Contraction Durations During Hold-Relax 
  • Stretching and Improvement of Hamstring Flexibility 
  • Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2004; 44;258-261