Lance Fujiwara will mark his 30th year at VMI with the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year. Fujiwara originally came to VMI in 1987 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. After serving in this role for one year, he was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine and has served in this role for the last 27 years. Lance gained the added responsibility of Associate Athletic Director in 2008.
Lance Fujiwara is a native of The Dalles, Oregon and attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1985 with a dual emphasis from the Department of Physical Education in Athletic Training/Commercial and Industrial Fitness.
Upon graduation from Oregon State, Lance served as a fitness director at Cascade Athletic Club and Albany Athletic Club in Oregon for one year, before returning to the educational setting in the Summer of 1986 to pursue a Master of Education degree in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia.
Fujiwara served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia during the 1986-87 academic year while concurrently pursuing his Master of Education degree. He graduated from the University of Virginia in the summer of 1987, at which time he came to VMI.
Fujiwara went on to earn a second Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia in Counselor Education with an emphasis in Higher Education in 1998.
Fujiwara is a certified member of The National Athletic Trainers Association and is also a licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Virginia. He is a member of the McCue Sports Medicine Society and serves as a clinical instructor in Athletic Training for the University of Virginia, Western Carolina University and Longwood University. He is also on the editorial board of the journal Training & Conditioning.
Lance has two children, daughter Kace and son Jamo. He also enjoys running in his spare time. He lives in Lexington with his wife Karen.