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Sports Medicine Team


Payne HSThe fall sports season has gotten off to a great start here in Fairborn and we are looking forward to a successful year for all of our student athletes.  We have been very competitive over the years and are looking forward to another exciting year of school and competition.

Our partnership with Miami Valley Hospital has been a tremendous asset for our student athletes, school, athletic programs and community.  We have received and experienced nothing but first class service and treatment from MVH.  Our relationship grows stronger every year and the level of injury treatment and rehabilitation has been a tremendous benefit for our student athletes.

Jon D. Payne, CMAA
Athletic Director, Fairborn High School

Meet the Sports Medicine Team

Kevin Allen

Allen Headshot - largeKevin has been with Miami Valley Hospital sports medicine since 1996. A graduate of Anderson University in Indiana, Kevin graduated from Paoli High School where he was a student athletic trainer for the basketball and football teams. It was this exposure to athletic training that led Kevin to choose it as his career. Kevin has collegiate experience when he worked three soccer seasons and four track seasons.

These days Kevin can be found in the training room, gym or athletic fields at Fairborn High School. Kevin is the first to admit the unusually long and abnormal hours of an athletic trainer can be a challenge but he can’t imagine himself doing anything else. He’s proud of the relationship between Miami Valley Hospital and the Fairborn City Schools and he sees it as a win-win for the schools, the community and the students.

Kevin’s favorite sport is basketball. “Hey, I’m from Indiana!"

James Williams

James LargeHe’s been a familiar face at Fairborn High School for two decades. James Williams is a health teacher and athletic trainer at Fairborn. A native of Woodstock, Ohio, Williams graduated from Wright State University in education and athletic training. “Back then it was more like a work-study program,” said Williams. He assisted in campus sports at WSU before being hired on at Fairborn where he’s been since 1991.

Williams describes himself short in stature but fiercely competitive. “I ran track and played football in high school. I’m short but ran hurdles. I was injured my senior year in track.” It was that injury and the fact that his school didn’t have the resources for him to “come back” from his injury that nudged him to pursue athletic training. “I got to Wright State and said ‘I want to help injured athletes’.” Williams is married and the father of a 14-year-old son and an exchange student from Columbia. Being a teacher and athletic trainer, Williams spends many hours with kids. “I like kids, I like working with kids and I get to see them during and after school.”

Matthew Lawless, MD

Lawless HeadshotDr. Lawless is a graduate of the University of Louisville.  He did an internship in general surgery and a Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery through Wright State University.  He also completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Methodist Sprots Medicine in Indianapolis.

Dr. Lawless is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in orthopaedic surgery, and in the orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty. He is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and focuses on all knee problems. Dr. Lawless serves as team physician for Wright State University Athletics and Fairborn High School.