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Sport Science Institute Staff


Brian Hainline, MD

Brian Hainline, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA.  As the first person to hold that position in the organization, Brian oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development.  The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and centers of excellence across the United States.

A graduate of Notre Dame and Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Brian completed his neurology residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell, where he was mentored by Fred Plum and Jerome Posner.  He began his neurology career in neuro-oncology, but shifted to sports neurology and pain medicine when he joined the New York University faculty, where he was Director of Clinical/Orthopedic Neurology at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases.  Brian was a founding partner at ProHEALTH Care Associates, a 450-plus physician multi-specialty group in Lake Success, NY, where he was Chief of the Division of Neurology and Integrative Pain Medicine.

Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine for more than 20 years.  He co-authored “Drugs and the Athlete” and played a pivotal role the development of drug testing and education protocols worldwide.  He has served on the New York State Medical Advisory Board, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, where he continues to serve as councilor and chair of the strategic planning group.

Brian has also played a pivotal role in the development of health and safety standards in tennis, both nationally and internationally.  He was Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and then served as Chief Medical Officer of the United States Tennis Association before moving to the NCAA.  He is chair of the International Tennis Federation’s Sport Science & Medicine Commission, and oversaw the rollout of international wheelchair tennis competition, a sport for which he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para- and quad-tennis.

Brian is Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center and author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters.  In addition to Drugs and the Athlete, he was co-editor of Neurological Complications of Pregnancy (1st and 2nd edition), and he is author of “USTA Drug Education Handbook,” “Back Pain Understood,” and “Positioning Youth Tennis for Success.”


John Parsons, PhD, ATC

John Parsons is the Director of the Sport Science Institute. He has spent more than two decades studying, practicing and teaching sports medicine and athletic training. He works alongside NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline to address problems such as concussion, student-athlete mental health and improving systems that track sports injuries. Parsons comes to the NCAA from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Arizona, where he spent nearly two decades as an instructor.

Parsons enrolled at Marietta College after high school and immediately immersed himself in the field. As an undergraduate, he tended to student-athletes in sports ranging from football to volleyball to crew. His passion for the profession led him to graduate from the University of Arizona with a master’s degree in exercise science in 1996. 

Rather than apply that degree on the playing field, he found himself in the classroom. A mentor from graduate school moved on to A.T. Still and offered Parsons a job as an assistant professor, which he gladly accepted. Now an associate professor, he has spent nearly two decades teaching and became program director in 2009.

But teaching has only occupied a sliver of his time. The rest was spent publishing research and amassing education in diverse fields. Parsons is confident that his time spent studying and working with medical technology (e.g. electronic medical records) will be an asset as the NCAA pushes to improve its means of collecting and utilizing sports injury information data. That information will be used to educate athletic trainers and team physicians throughout the membership about injury trends and the most effective treatments.


Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed.

Mary Wilfert is Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute. She has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs since 1999 and has worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices.  She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership.  Mary has worked in the health education field for more than 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in in Health Education from the University of Dayton and her Master of Education degree in Community Health Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Latrice Sales, MS

Latrice Sales joined the NCAA in the fall of 2008. She serves as Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute, where she is responsible for the administration and coordination of initiatives and resources focused on health, wellness and safety for collegiate and pre-collegiate student-athletes and athletic staff at NCAA member institutions. Her primary focus is on sport performance, safety, nutrition and health education.

In addition to coordinating the development and dissemination of health and wellness initiatives within the National Office, Latrice also serves as the health and safety liaison to various Association-wide committees, including NCAA sport rules committees, injury surveillance, student-athlete affairs advisory groups, and NCAA-sponsored student-athlete development conferences and youth programs. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Latrice worked in the Washington, D.C. area conducting corporate fitness and wellness programs.

Latrice received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Health Promotion at Coastal Carolina University and her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University.

Latrice is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). She is also a personal trainer and certified health fitness specialist (American College of Sports Medicine).


Robyn Bailey

Robyn Bailey is an administrative assistant in the NCAA Sport Science Institute.  Robyn began working for the NCAA in October 2005 in the Academic and Membership Affairs group.  In July 2006 Robyn took a position with the Health and Safety team as an administrative assistant.

Robyn supports the Chief Medical Officer and other SSI staff in all programs supporting student-athlete well-being as well as coordinating bi-annual meetings for the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS).  Robyn’s experience includes more than 30 years in administrative work ranging from general office support in the health industry, event planning, engineering and executive-level assistance in information technology.


Seung Hwang

Seung Hwang is a post-doctoral research fellow of the Sport Science Institutes of the NCAA. He performs research projects on the mental health of student-athletes in conjunction with the Research Department of the NCAA. Primarily, he works closely with association-wide and national surveys for student-athletes’ wellness and mental health. He received a dual PhD in Sport Psychology and Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University in 2013. His research background includes the psychosocial aspects of sport and coaching with advanced statistical analysis. 


Terrie Meyer

Terrie Meyer began her career with the NCAA in July 1999, where she started in the marketing, licensing and promotions department as the administrative assistant and in 2001 took a promotion to the education services department as the executive assistant. In 2012, her role expanded to include the executive assistant to the Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining the NCAA, Terrie was the executive assistant to the GSM of WNDY-TV owned and operated by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1994 to 1999. She is Married to Dennis Meyer, has three sons; Andy Hall, Nick Hall and Alex Hall and two grandchildren Kaela and Jude.