Russ Romano has been the director of athletic medicine and head athletic trainer since the fall of 1998 and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2005. Romano supervises a team of staff athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports nutritionist and student assistants who work collectively to provide the best possible health care to USC student-athletes.
In 2008, Romano became a fellow of applied functional science after graduating from the Gray Institute of Functional Transformation Program (GIFT). He became a certified athletic trainer in 1991. He worked previously at USC as an assistant athletic trainer from 1993-96, working with the football and men's basketball teams. Additionally, beginning in 1998, he served two terms as the California Athletic Trainer's Association Region 4 director.
Romano received his bachelor's degree in physical education (1989) and master's degree in biomechanics (1993) from San Diego State University.
He lives in Torrance with his wife Pam and two children Amanda and Paul.