Andrew Ure, who has served as Associate Director of Sports Medicine at UTEP since 2019, has been promoted to Director of Sports Medicine. He takes over for Dawn Hearn, who retired after 34 years at the helm of the department earlier this month.
“Andrew has been an integral part of our Sports Medicine team for nearly three years and we are delighted to give him the opportunity to lead this unit,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “He brings over a decade of experience in the Sports Medicine field and has done an outstanding job working with our men’s basketball team. During the interview process, we were impressed with his vision for the future of our Sports Medicine department and his plan to achieve excellence. We are confident that under Andrew’s direction, the health and safety of our student-athletes will continue to remain the top priority.”
“I’m very excited to be starting this new journey,” Ure said. “I will have large shoes to fill, taking over for Dawn. I would like to thank her personally for her guidance and mentorship in getting me ready to fill this new role.”
Ure joined the UTEP staff in August of 2019, and was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in the Spring of 2021. His primary responsibilities have included providing primary healthcare and preventative exercise for the men’s basketball team, with secondary coverage to the men’s golf squad. He will continue to work directly with the Miner men’s basketball program while leading the Sports Medicine team as a whole.
“It’s amazing that my journey to UTEP started just three years ago, and now I am blessed with the opportunity to continue to grow our sports medicine program,” Ure said. “I would like to thank Jim Senter, Julie Levesque and the rest of the hiring committee for seeing the passion I have to further grow our team. The sports medicine staff and I will strive to provide the best preventative care and rehabilitation for all of our UTEP student-athletes, while keeping up with the latest effective strategies to take our program to a championship level of medical care.”
Ure came to UTEP after four years at Fresno State. He was promoted to Associate Director of Sports Medicine for his final year with the Bulldogs. While at Fresno State, Ure worked primarily with the men’s basketball team that won the 2016 Mountain West Conference Championship and attended the 2016 NCAA tournament and the 2017 NIT tournament. He also worked with the men’s and women’s golf teams, and provided oversight for the women’s lacrosse team.
Prior to his stint at Fresno State, Ure worked for four years with the men’s soccer team as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Valparaiso University. In his first year at Valpo, the team won the 2011 Horizon League Championship. He also worked with the women’s bowling team and the Crusaders’ softball team, providing medical coverage and preventative rehabilitation for his student-athletes.
Ure is a graduate of Averett University with a degree in Athletic Training, where he mastered the intricacies of functional movement under mentors Gray Cook and Lee Burton, the founders of the Functional Movement Screen. He also split time playing basketball and soccer while attending Averett. Ure moved on to Fresno State to pursue his Masters’ degree in Sports Psychology. He holds multiple certifications, including Functional Movement Specialist (FMS), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and is certified nationally in Athletic Training while also being state licensed.
Ure and his wife, Sarah, were married earlier this month.