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Billings Wolves trainer Kylie Izzi walks tall on team

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On first glance, Kylie Izzi isn't exactly imposing.  Just over 5 feet and 100 pounds, the guys parading around her are more than twice that size.  (Photo credit: MTN Sports) On first glance, Kylie Izzi isn't exactly imposing. Just over 5 feet and 100 pounds, the guys parading around her are more than twice that size. (Photo credit: MTN Sports)
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On first glance, Kylie Izzi isn't exactly imposing. 

At just over 5 feet and 100 pounds, the guys parading around her are more than twice that size.

But it doesn't take long to see who's boss.

"My first impression was, I hope she knows what she's doing, and we learned pretty soon that she does" said Randy Salmon. "The first day we got here, she was like, 'If you're not in 4 lines in 30 seconds, we're gonna run.' And in 29 seconds, we were lined up to run."

Izzi has turned these rabid Wolves into purring pups, at least for the 15 minutes she runs the show at the beginning of every practice.

But it definitely didn't start that way.

"Oh my goodness, it was mass chaos," Izzi said. "There was no organization. They were like, 'Who is this tiny thing? What is she doing? She has no control over us.' And it took us probably four weeks to get our warm-up figured out."

One of the early offenders was 6-foot-4, 275-pound Marquaveus Jackson.

"My second day here, I spit on the turf, and I didn't know that was a rule. She gave me some words. I was pretty afraid," he said.

"We had it out, and we had a stern talking to," Izzi said of the spitting incident. "It was both-sided, and we worked through it, and we talked about it, and we came to a mutual understanding, and that really helped the whole relationship with the entire team. We also started doing conditioning together, and once they saw I was actually able to do what I was asking them to do, and better than some of them may do it, really they just grasped and we have a blast now."

That leadership quality is what Billings Clinic saw in Izzi last summer, when they approached her with this unique idea.

"It was just a really cool opportunity, to have people put the confidence in me, through the Billings Clinic, to be able to do such a job, and to know that I would be professional in a somewhat interesting environment," she said.

And she thrives as the only head female athletic trainer in the IFL.

"At the end of the day, it's kinda cool to say I have a team of grown men, and coaches, who look to me for injuries and what we do and for keeping them healthy. It's been an amazing experience," she said.

Just don't get on her bad side, because as Marquaveus knows…

"She'll get you, and you don't want her to get you," he said. "You'd rather have coach get you than Izzi."

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