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Benjamin Snyder, DAT, LAT, ATC



Vacant Position



Sadie Snyder, LAT



Maria Tuck, LAT



Emilio Araujo III, LAT



Eric Rueda, MS, LAT

Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder

Ben arrived in El Paso in 2013 after graduating from Missouri Valley College with a bachelor's degree in athletic training. From 2013-2015, he attended UTEP and worked as a GA AthleticTrainer under Dawn Hearn with the UTEP football team & women's golf team. During this time, he completed his master's degree in educational leadership. Following UTEP, he was the Head Athletic Trainer at Anthony ISD for 3 years, Sports Medicine/HST Instructor & EPISD sub-athletic trainer for the next 4 years. Ben has completed his doctorate in athletic training from A.T. Still University and is currently an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University in the masters of athletic training program since 2022. Ben has been a SCATA member since 2014 and has served as Vice President and President for the past 4 years. He is married to Sadie and has 2 awesome kids, Scarlett and Oliver. 


Vice President

Vacant Position


Sadie Snyder

Sadie earned her Associates degree in 2011 from Iowa Western CC in Council Bluffs, IA. She then continued her education at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, MO where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 2013. Sadie started her career at El Paso CC in 2014 working with softball, baseball, cross country and half marathon teams. In 2016 she made the switch to El Paso ISD/Irvin High school, where she currently works. Sadie has been a SCATA member since 2014 and was a recipient of Manny Pacias award in 2020. She is happily married to Ben and mother to Scarlett and Oliver.


Maria Tuck

Maria is an El Paso native. She graduated from Burges High School where she had the honor of learning under one of SCATA’s legends Manny Pacillas. She went on to study at UTEP under 2 other SCATA greats, Dave Binder and Dawn Hearn. She Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science in 1993. She has held every office in SCATA at some point in her career. She has worked at Jefferson High School since 1994, recently completing her 26th year. She was inducted into the SCATA Hall of Fame in 2015. She is a proud mother to 2 wonderful teenagers.

Emilio Araujo

Emilio is an El Paso native who graduated from Cathedral High School.  He is on his 4th term as SCATA President.  Before that he was Public Relations Representative for 2 years. He graduated with his Bachelors from the Athletic Training Education program at New Mexico State University in 2004.  He started his athletic training career at Irvin High School In 2006 and was there for 8 years. He received the Manny Pacillas Award through SCATA in 2014.  He is now in his 5th year at Coronado High School.

Eric Rueda

Eric is an El Paso native, graduating from Montwood High School. He received his Associate of Arts from EPCC in 2012, then attended UTEP where he studied under Dawn Hearn and Tony Cordova. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from UTEP in 2016. He received his Master of Science in Advanced Athletic Training from the University of South Florida in 2019. He was employed at Southwest Sport and Spine for 1 year, and worked at Mountain View High School for 5 years before moving to J.M. Hanks High School. He has been a SCATA member for 6 years, and has been public relations officer since 2018.

Vice Prsident
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