Siena head athletic trainer Greg Dashnaw has retired, the college announced Friday.
Dashnaw recently completed his 40th season with the college.
“You can’t talk about Siena Athletics and not mention Greg Dashnaw,” Siena athletic director John D’Argenio said in a press release. “Greg has been an intrinsic part of the fabric of Siena Athletics for the past four decades. We recognize and are grateful for his dedication to Siena and his service to our athletic teams and department, which extended to being the medical host for numerous MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament events. We extend our gratitude to Greg for his commitment to safety and well-being across his many years of distinguished service, and wish him the best in his retirement.”
Dashnaw joined Siena in the summer of 1984. He has overseen and been responsible for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of Siena’s 21 intercollegiate athletic programs encompassing more than 350 student athletes. A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, he officially started the sports medicine department at Siena, and treated and cared for thousands of student athletes during his tenure.
“Being the head athletic trainer at Siena was my dream job, and I leave with a happy heart of fond memories from my time here,” Dashnaw said in a press release. “I am thankful to the Siena Community – everyone has been so good to me all these years – and I’d also like to thank the former and current student athletes I worked with, as well as my colleagues at MVP Arena and the MAAC.”
Dashnaw is a recipient of the Siena College Medal of Excellence, and was also previously awarded a life-saving medal from the college following life-saving treatment of a professor. He has also been honored three times by Siena’s student athletes with the Student Athlete Advisory Committee Award for making a positive impact on their lives, and is a two-time recipient of the Howard J. Tucker Award for outstanding contributions towards the Siena Men’s Basketball program.
In honor of his four decades of distinguished service to Siena, the Greg “Hammer” Dashnaw Endowed Fund was established earlier this year, and raised a total of nearly $125,000 at his 40th anniversary celebration in April to support sports medicine at Siena.