Vincent “Vinny” Scavo rejoined the University of Miami’s Athletic Training staff as its Associate Athletic Trainer and Head Football Athletic Trainer prior to the start of the 2011 season. After the 2011 season, Scavo was promoted to Director of Athletic Training and Head Football Athletic Trainer.
Scavo has extensive experience as an athletic trainer at the professional, college and high school levels, previously serving as Miami’s Assistant Athletic Trainer for football and head baseball Athletic Trainer from 1983-87, including during the Hurricanes’ 1983 football and 1985 baseball national championship seasons.
From 2008-11, Scavo worked as the Director of Sports Medicine Services and Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. With the division serving as the official sports medicine provider for the Hurricanes, Scavo worked closely with the team doctors and student-athletes — relationships that continue in his current capacity within the athletic department.
Scavo worked with both the New York Yankees (1981-83) and Florida Marlins (1992-96) organizations, earning Minor League Athletic Trainer of the Year honors by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer Society and Florida State League Class A Baseball Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1994.
After two years as the Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Marlins’ minor and major league teams (1994-96), he was named Director of Sports Medicine at Doctors Hospital and then served as the Head Athletic Trainer at several South Florida high schools for 13 years, working at Miami Southridge (1996-2001), Chaminade-Madonna (2001-06) and Coral Gables (2006-08). In 2005 Scavo was named the state of Florida’s High School Athletic Trainer of the year. Over that time, he developed the curriculum for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Coaches Certification Course and the MDCPS Injury Reporting System. In October 2012 Scavo was part of the University of Miami Concussion Team that was instrumental in getting Governor Rick Scott to sign the Concussion Legislation into Law.
Additionally, he has worked as a certified athletic trainer with the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) state wrestling tournament since 1998 and worked with USA Baseball during the 1987 Pan American Games, 1991 Olympic trials and 1994 National trials.
Scavo is also an approved clinical instructor and has taught classes in sports medicine at both the high school and college levels since 1987. He served on the executive board of the Athletic Trainers of Florida for six years and has been a member of the Barry University Sports Medicine Advisory Committee since 2000. In March 2014 Scavo was Tapped into the Iron Arrow Society, the highest honor given at the University of Miami.
Originally from Staten Island, N.Y., Scavo is a 1983 graduate of Florida State with a bachelor’s degree in education. He is certified from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and is a licensed athletic trainer.
Vinny and his wife, Tammy, have three children: Alyssa, Arielle and Alec.