The 2017-18 year will be Lance Fujiwara's 31st year at VMI. Fujiwara arrived at VMI in 1987 as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. After serving in this role for one year was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer/Director of Sports Medicine and has served in this capacity for the last 29 years. Lance became Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in 2002 and Associate in 2008.
Lance is a native of The Dalles, Oregon and attended Oregon State University, graduating in 1985. He has a dual emphasis from the Department of Physical Education in Athletic Training and Commercial & Industrial Fitness.
After graduation from Oregon State, Lance served as a fitness director at Cascade Athletic Club and then Albany Athletic club in Oregon for one year. In the summer of 1986, he attended the University of Virginia (UVA), pursuing a Master of Education degree in Sports Medicine. During the 1986-87 academic year, he concurrently served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia, while completing his Sports Medicine/Athletic Training degree at UVA.
In 1998 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.
Lance is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and is licensed as an Athletic Trainer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the McCue Sports Medicine Society and serves as a clinical instructor in Athletic Training with Western Carolina University. He has served previously in this capacity with: University of Virginia, Lynchburg College, Longwood University, Wright State University, University of Florida, James Madison University, and Salisbury University. He is also a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor with the American Red Cross and on the editorial board of the Journal of Training & Conditioning.
Fujiwara has been honored with the 2014 Virginia Athletic Trainers Association College/University Athletic Trainer of the year, 2014 VMI Achievement award, 2015 Mid Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association Service award, and 2016-17 Southern Conference All-Conference Staff award.
Lance lives in Lexington with his wife Karen. He has a daughter Kace, son Jamo and step-daughter Lindsey. He enjoys running and biking as his hobbies.