Holly Lawson graduated from James Madison University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science and became a nationally-certified athletic trainer. She continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 2007 with a Master of Human Relations degree. While at OU, Holly served as an athletic trainer with the women’s gymnastics team and the women's soccer team. Upon her graduation, Holly moved back to the east coast and began working as an athletic trainer at American University. During her seven years at AU, Holly worked as an Associate Athletic Trainer and supported numerous Division 1 sports teams.