John D. Blackburn Jr. M.A.T., B.s.
Lake Region High School Class of 2007
Florida Southern College class of 2011
University of the Cumberlands Class of 2013
During his time at Lake Region, Mr. Blackburn was a member of the Cross country (4), Soccer (2), and Track (4) teams; outside of athletics he was also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. After graduating with honors he continued on to Florida Southern to pursue a degree in Athletic Training. At Florida Southern he was a scholar athlete his senior year, as well as making the dean’s list. He was a part of 4 sunshine state conference team titles, 1 NCAA South Regional team Title, and was a 3 time NCAA Regional Participant and a 2 time NCAA National Championship Participant. After graduation he took a position at the University of the Cumberlands as a Graduate assistant athletic trainer. He worked with student athletes in a variety of sports and worked with professors on campus as he earned a Master’s degree in the Arts of Teaching. Upon graduation he returned to the Winter Haven area and started teaching/coaching at Lake Region. He coached Football, Jv Soccer, and Varsity Track. During the 2014 school year he started coaching Cross Country and Varsity Soccer while continuing to coach the track team. In the 2015-2016 school year he became the Assistant Athletic Director along with his coaching and teaching obligations.