|Organization:||Football, Men's and Women's Track and Field, and Men's and Women's Cross Country|
|Previous College:||Michigan 2012|
Nicolas Benitez joined the Athletic Department as a member of the sports medicine team in 2016, and has been assigned to football, men’s and women’s track & field, and men’s and women’s cross country.
Benitez and Harvard colleague Jordan Knight were named in January 2019, the co-recipients of the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (ATOM) Athletic Trainer of the Year award. The award is given annually to an athletic trainer who exhibits exemplary service to their patients and organization.
Benitez made his return to Cambridge after serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Crimson for two years from 2012-14. With the Crimson, he assisted in the coordination of daily operations in Harvard’s athletic training facilities, working specifically with the football team and coordinated care for the women’s water polo team.
Benitez spent 2014-16 as an athletic trainer for Brown University, coordinating care for student-athletes, specifically working with the men’s and women’s track & field, men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s gymnastics teams, as well as assisting in preseason and game medical coverage for football. At Brown, he played an instrumental role in mentoring intern athletic trainers and served as a member of the Eating Concerns committee.
In June 2015, Benitez served as a volunteer athletic trainer for the United States Olympic Committee. In Colorado, he completed a medical volunteer program assisting full time staff with the care and coverage of resident and visiting athletes across a variety of sports.
In 2013, Benitez served as medical director for the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship, coordinating medical coverage for the eight-team championship tournament.
In 2011, Benitez was a member of the Chicago Bears Summer Camp medical team, assisting staff certified athletic trainers with prevention, care, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
Benitez received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Michigan in 2012 and earned his Master of Science in Human Physiology from Boston University in 2014.