SANTA CLARA -- Among the 49ers offseason acquisitions, one particular face on the team’s practice field stands out.
The 49ers on Friday confirmed the hiring of Laura Schnettgoecke as assistant athletic trainer. Schnettgoecke is the first female athletic trainer in club history. The 49ers did not publicize the hiring in a press release, nor is there any mention of her on the team’s website.
Schnettgoecke becomes the NFL's third full-time athletic trainer. Ariko Iso spent nine years with the Pittsburgh Steelers before moving on to become Oregon State’s head athletic trainer. Sonia Gysland, an assistant athletic trainer with the Steelers, is the only other current female in that role, according to the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society directory.
Schnettgoecke has been on the job with the 49ers for a couple of months, according to the team. A position was created for her before assistant athletic trainer Nate Breske accepted a job this week as the Chicago Bears’ head athletic trainer.
Schnettgoecke works under Jeff Ferguson, the team’s director of football operations and sports medicine.
Previously, she worked at Texas Tech as an assistant trainer for the women’s soccer program since 2008. Schnettgoecke graduated from Kansas State in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in both kinesiology and athletic training. She assisted the football team as a student trainer.
Ferguson worked as athletic trainer for the Kansas State football program from 1997 until the 49ers hired him in 2006.
After graduating from Kansas State, Schnettgoecke moved to Clemson University, where she served as a graduate assistant to all 21 intercollegiate sports. She earned her master's degree in human resource development in 2007.
Schnettgoecke is a board certified athletic trainer and is certified in both CPR and first aid, according to her Texas Tech bio.