Chalisa Fonza, touting almost two decades of experience at both the professional and collegiate levels, is in her 16th season as head trainer to the Ohio State women's basketball team.
A 1995 graduate of the Ohio State master's degree program, Fonza is no stranger to the high standard of treatment and care administered by the athletics training staff. She manages individualized treatment and conditioning programs for each player on a year-round basis.
Additionally, Fonza serves as the medical liaison between student-athletes and an all-inclusive sports medicine staff consisting of a team physician, internists, surgeons, dentists, ophthalmologists and a sports psychologist. She also provides classroom instruction.
Fonza spent the summer of 2005 with the Washington Mystics of the WNBA, serving as the team's head athletic trainer.
Prior to coming to Columbus, Fonza was an assistant trainer at Oklahoma State covering football, men's and women's basketball and golf. She also supervised the student-training staff.
Fonza enjoyed similar duties at Cleveland State in 1999 in addition to organizing trainers for the NCAA Volleyball and Wrestling Championships. Her career also includes a stint with the WNBA Cleveland Rockers during their inaugural season in 1997.
A native of Quincy, Ill., Fonza earned her bachelor's degree from Western Illinois in 1992. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association and an alumna of Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity.