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He cared for the Olympic team and for the College All-Star football teams from Brown got his start as a student working with the Houston Oilers. As the sole support for his mother, he was forced to drop out of school and take a series of full-time jobs that eventually led him back to Houston, where built a legacy of tough love and success. Conboy, who was with the Academy when it opened its doors in , retired in Bruce Melin joined the staff at Washington University St. Louis in as an athletic trainer and faculty member and worked there until his retirement in ; after that he worked there another 11 years on a part-time basis.

Melin was a consultant for the St. He was a prolific author, a productive researcher and a national leader in athletic training education. He established an education framework through his program at Penn State University. Upon his return, Pillings became a student of Pinky Newell, who introduced him to the career that would become his lifelong pursuit.

Pillings split his time between the classroom and the athletic training room, serving a year stint at West Point. He was a fixture with the Philadelphia Eagles, as head athletic trainer from Under his leadership, NATA secured professional liability insurance for athletic trainers, welcomed its first corporate sponsors and established a national office in Dallas. After serving as athletic trainer at several various universities, Dayton became head athletic trainer at Yale University in , staying there for 22 years.

Dayton, a founding father of the NATA, gave more than 40 years of his life to the athletic training profession. Fauls came to Florida State after serving as athletic trainer for professional baseball teams in North Carolina and Nebraska. Tom Healion began his athletic training career with the Toronto Argonauts in After athletic training stints at the University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University and the University of Indiana, Healion was appointed head athletic trainer for the New England Patriots in and remained there until Healion is retired and lives in Colorado.

Fred Hoover graduated from Florida State University and worked as an athletic trainer there before taking a job at Clemson University in He remained at Clemson until his retirement in Hoover, who was chair of the NATa board from , remains a professor emeritus at Clemson. Warren Morris was named head athletic trainer at the University of Georgia in He was the first licensed athletic trainer in the state of Georgia and later became the chair for the Georgia License Examination of Athletic Training.

After a stint in the Army, he coached for 10 years at the high school level and eventually came to Virginia Tech in as athletic trainer in charge of all sports. After 13 years at Northwestern, Peterson was appointed head athletic trainer at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, where he set up the first athletic training room. He served as head athletic trainer and assistant professor at Winston Salem State University beginning in Taylor made a name as an excellent lecturer, author and teacher of athletic training skills and served as athletic trainer for various international athletic teams.

Boyle, a doctor of osteopathy, was head of physiotherapy at Sun Valley, Idaho, from , during which time he also supervised the athletic training of the Olympic ski team. He moved on to become an athletic trainer for the University of Arizona and then head athletic trainer for the University of Idaho. He first joined UTA as an athletic trainer and assistant track coach in ; throughout his tenure he added instructor to his title as well. Lane worked tirelessly to promote the profession in Texas and abroad, serving as an athletic trainer for various international games. In his 40 years at Bowdoin College, Mike Linkovich earned the respect of students and colleagues alike.

Leo Murphy became a legendary figure with the Cleveland Browns, working with the team from He is retired. An active athlete, Romo played for and helped coach and train five AAU basketball teams and four professional football clubs. After stints as athletic trainer and coach at three small colleges, he was head athletic trainer at Brown University and the University of San Francisco He got his medical training during World War II and served for the next 16 years as athletic trainer at a Pennsylvania high school.

Vogelsong also served more than a decade at Dickinson College and as a part-time athletic trainer for the Washington Redskins. He graduated from the University of Wyoming in , returning as head athletic trainer eight years later. Aggers concentrated on generating interest among students, participating in a student workshop for 23 years. In August of that year, he became head athletic trainer and instructor of physical education at Bucknell University, where he remained until retiring.

In , Charles Demers graduated from the University of Massachusetts and went to work for several minor-league baseball clubs. In r, he became head athletic trainer at Deerfield Academy, where he has remained until retiring. He was coordinator of athletic therapy for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and for several other international competitions. He now lives in Massachusetts. He led negotiations for state licensure.

Kassabian co-directed the Boston Marathon Sports Medicine Seminars in and was a head athletic trainer for the marathon from A native of Indiana, Paszkiet entered Notre Dame as a student in After playing freshmen football, he joined the Irish athletic training staff as a student assistant. In , he was named athletic trainer of all teams at Notre Dame. Paszkiet helped five Heisman trophy winners stay healthy. He also was a recipient of numerous awards during his years at Notre Dame.

He was also a driving force behind the movement to ban spear-tackling and other harmful practices from football. From until he opened his clinic in , Crowl was the head athletic trainer at Sacramento State University. After beginning his career as a student under Ernie Biggs, he was an athletic trainer for the U. Now retired, he works occasionally for HealthSouth in California. He accepted it in and remained there until his retirement over 30 years later.

The first high school athletic trainer to serve in the World Olympics Munich, , Dodson received the prestigious Frank Medina Award in After 27 years as head athletic trainer, Goostree assumed the role of assistant athletic director at the university. Additionally, he supervised the building and upgrading of athletic facilities including Bryant-Denny Stadium before he retired in Since the school opened its doors in , Grevelle had been there as athletic trainer.

He was one of four athletic trainers to serve the U. He was an athletic trainer for numerous pro basketball All-Star games. Stanitis joined the Amherst staff in and stayed until retiring in In the early s, he collaborated on an article about lateral neck sprains that spurred the development of protective cervical collars in football. He was also a member of the committee that helped attain licensure for Massachusetts athletic trainers in He supervised 14 intercollegiate varsity sports for both men and women.

He had a good teacher: fellow Hall of Famer Frank Medina. In , Worden was hired by Vanderbilt University, where he remained until retiring in Worden, who handled all sports until , served as head athletic trainer for the Commodore basketball team and assisted with the football team and club sports. He worked for numerous high schools in Texas and was inducted into the Southwest Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in For many years, Lohr held three-day sports injury clinics in Mexico, helping the profession grow internationally.

He is retired but still active in the Aggie community. He was NATA president from and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for growth. Rhea was head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Falcons from , when he became assistant to the president of the Falcons.

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Now retired, Rhea mentors young professionals and new leaders. In , Schneider was made a lifetime member of the Nebraska Coaches Association for his service to high school athletics. A native of Erie, Penn. He is retired and lives in New York. He also worked as an athletic trainer for the Olympic Games and was a founding member of NATA, serving on the original board of directors in He served two terms as president, two terms on the board, chaired four national meetings and managed exhibits for many district meetings. Chambers built the Foundation scholarship program into a multimillion-dollar endeavor.

He began as a student under Ken Rawlinson at the University of Oklahoma. In June , he became head athletic trainer at Fullerton Junior College, where he remained until retiring in He now works with rodeo and motor sports. Known as a hard worker who kept his players in excellent condition, Harvey supervised the athletic training and rehabilitative facility at Grambling State University until retiring in Harvey passed away May 22, Carl Nelson worked at Colby College from , serving students as an athletic trainer, associate professor and director of health services throughout his career.

Nelson cared for Olympians in , and winter games. He is retired and lives in Maine. He joined the University of Delaware in and was named head tennis coach in He retired as head athletic trainer in but continued as tennis coach until He was a member of Kappa Phi Kappa, the national professional education fraternity.

In , after a brief time in military service, he returned to Holy Cross to serve as an athletic trainer until At that time, he entered his current position as head athletic trainer at Worcester Academy. In , Bill headed the committee for the Licensure of Massachusetts athletic trainers. He had the longest tenure of any Missouri athletic staff member and was the dean of Big Eight athletic trainers.

Wappel is retired and living in Columbia, Mo. After retiring, he opened a sports shop in Massachusetts. He was a colonel in the U. Army Reserve and a popular speaker at many seminars. Harrington was also the first director and project coordinator for the athletic training specialization program at the University of Southern Mississippi. An All-Star athletic trainer for the Southern Baseball League, Sandlin was known for his gentle manner and skill as a healer. Joseph Hospital and had a varied career in athletic training.

Gary Delforge is a premier educator, founding the graduate program at what would become the Arizona School of Health Sciences after developing one of the first NATA-approved graduate curricula at the University of Arizona, where he spent the bulk of his career. Delforge was a member of the NATA Professional Education Committee for over 17 years; he also served on the board, keeping education at the center of his focus. He is now retired and living in Arizona. Lindsy McLean began his career as a student in at Vanderbilt. By he was head athletic trainer and director of physical therapy at the University of California.

He is retired and living in Tennessee. He began as head athletic trainer in and eventually became chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education. He was the first athletic trainer for the Houston Rockets. Larry Gardner began his distinguished career as an assistant at the University of California at Berkeley.

He worked with several universities, two professional football teams and a sports medicine clinic, retiring from the University of Texas at Dallas in after helping establish its program. He remains active in mentoring and contract work. Fred Kelley got his first taste of athletic training during his service in the Marines. After obtaining his undergraduate degree at Springfield College, Kelley became an assistant at the Virginia Military Institute.

From there, he moved to the head athletic trainer position at Dartmouth College, where he served for over 30 years. He is retired and living in New Hampshire. Best known for researching the effects of heat and humidity on athletes, Martin spent most of his career at Northeast Louisiana University.

Chris Patrick established his career in the college setting, becoming a visible member of the University of Florida community. He is the assistant athletics director for sports medicine at UF. After graduating from Howard Payne University, Wilson became the first high school athletic trainer in the state of Texas at Killeen, where he continues to care for athletes. Paul Zeek, longtime athletic trainer at Lamar University, has pursued a life-long commitment to the profession at the community, state and national level. Zeek began his career as a high school athletic trainer in El Paso and ended as a senior administrator for a college athletics department.

His commitment to excellence and devotion to athletes set him apart. Zeek is retired, after 35 years at Lamar. Robert Behnke has held numerous teaching and athletic training positions throughout Indiana and Illinois. Birdwell chaired the Annual Meeting in and served on the Ethics Committee. In he retired from SMU; he continues to work part-time on a contract basis. Joe Gieck was an educator and athletic trainer at the University of Virginia for 43 years before retiring in A scholarship is endowed in his name, as is a teaching position. He is a professor emeritus at UVa.

Phillip Donley was a teacher and athletic trainer at West Chester University from NATA President 2 Frank George became the head athletic trainer at Brown University in and remained at the school until he retired in as director of sports medicine. He was NATA president from , after serving as vice president. George was instrumental in winning a five-year struggle to bring licensure to athletic trainers in Rhode Island.

He continues to live in Rhode Island. Dick Malacrea spent 20 years at Princeton University as head athletic trainer before retiring in Through this society, Malacrea was appointed by the governor to chair the Legislative Committee of Advisors to the Board of Medical Examiners. He continues to live in New Jersey.

Throughout his career, Ortolani was a quintessential role model for others in the sports medicine field. He was first baseball coach at PSU and the baseball field is named in his honor. Troy Young was head athletic trainer for Arizona State from He is retired and living in Arizona. Gatorade continues to bestow an award in his name, recognizing outstanding service by an athletic trainer.

Gordon Stoddard joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison as head athletic trainer in , a position he held until Stoddard, who amassed an array of awards and recognition, is retired and living in Wisconsin. Gary Craner was the head athletic trainer at Boise State University from until his retirement in He was the first athletic trainer in the state of Idaho to be certified by NATA and was a primary force behind Idaho state licensure.

He continues to mentor athletic trainers around the country. While working for the Philadelphia Eagles he invented the neoprene rubber knee sleeve. He was owner of 22 patents on sports medicine products. Gordy Graham developed one of the first three NATA approved athletic training curriculums in and was head athletic trainer and curriculum director at Mankato State until his retirement in Graham is now retired. His dedication and loyalty to the University of Maine and to the athletic training profession are well known throughout the State of Maine and the New England area. He is coordinator of athletic medicine for the Detroit Lions, after spending most of his career with the New Orleans Saints.

Dale Mildenberger is a senior associate athletic director at Utah State University, where he has worked since He spent as head athletic trainer with the Harlem Globetrotters. Mildenberger has been active on a local, state, regional and national level with the NATA. Ken Murray, whose parents were missionaries, was raised in Africa with a focus on service. Murray has worked in many capacities in district, state and national athletic training programs. He now is the senior associate athletic director for sports medicine at Texas Tech University.

Mike Nesbitt was head athletic trainer and associate professor at Northern Arizona University when he retired in During his tenure at NAU, he promoted and justified athletic trainers in numerous Arizona high schools. He now serves as president of Jonesco Trucking. He was the first full-time athletic trainer in state and North Dakota State University history and remained a full-time faculty member there for 39 years. Isrow, who continues to teach part-time at North Dakota State, has built a reputation as a teacher, listener, friend and healer.

Olympic Committee, first female head athletic trainer for the Pan American Games and first female chief athletic trainer for the U. Olympic Team. NATA President 4 Bobby Barton spent 27 years as the head athletic trainer and program director at Eastern Kentucky University, turning his gift for leadership into a motivating force. He continues to mentor students and professionals as a professor emeritus at Eastern Kentucky.

He was president of the EATA and the National Organization for Competency Assurance, and he worked as the coordinator of sports medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a clinical instructor in athletic training at Northeastern University. In , an award bearing his name was established by the Board of Certification.

As NATA president, he guided the association through economic challenges and changes in staff leadership. As an athletic trainer, he guided Marshall University through the worst fatality in college sports history. He currently works as a consultant and speaker. Jim Booher retired in after 42 years at South Dakota State University as head athletic trainer, professor and program director.

John Schrader rose through the ranks into administration at Indiana University. Jim Whitesel worked as an athletic trainer for the Seattle Seahawks from He served on the NATA board and assisted in designing injury prevention devices, including a therapeutic knee brace. Whitesel has since opened a private practice, Whitesel ProTherapy.

Albohm helped increase job opportunities for athletic trainers in clinics and physician extender roles. He has devoted his career to promoting the athletic trainer and improving the profession. Active since joining NATA, he became president and focused on establishing a global presence for athletic training and guiding the changes in athletic training education. Joe Godek was the first chair of the department of sports medicine at West Chester University in He is with DevTay Enterprises.

Dale Googins was head athletic trainer and associate professor at Denison University when he retired in He served as a test site administrator for the NATA Board of Certification and was a member of the team that produced test questions for the certification exam. He owns five copyrights related to athletic training and a patent on a first aid splint. He is an athletic trainer at East Brunswick High School.

Lowe helped obtain professional regulation of athletic trainers in New York. Doug May worked for 20 years at the McCallie School before retiring in Toburen is now retired.

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Durrant developed athletic training programs for secondary school districts in Utah as well as BYU, where she has served as chair of the Department of Physical Education. Jim Gallaspy has been teaching students in high school and college throughout his career. Gallaspy worked at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, for 26 years before retiring in The original PR chair for NATA, Hoover was involved in consulting and implementing rehabilitation and sports medicine programs at rural hospitals and high schools.

He also served on the Boards of Directors of various corporations. Hoover is retired and lives in Indiana. Kent Scriber has served for years as a professor and supervisor of athletic training as well as clinical education coordinator at Ithaca College.

Originally known for his work in sports rehabilitation, Don Chu developed an extensive reputation in the areas of fitness and conditioning. He has been credited with bringing plyometric training to the attention of the athletic world. Throughout his career he has served at the state, district and national levels. Knight has been a professor at BYU since Kenneth Kopke opened doors for athletic trainers in the industrial setting. Work-Fit now directs its attention toward lowering health care costs for manufacturing, business, health care and educational institutions.

Kopke is retired. Carl Krein began his athletic training career in when he was hired as the head athletic trainer at the State University of New York at Potsdam. As an NATA board member, he focused on helping athletic trainer network and mentoring young professionals. Krein was the head athletic trainer at Central Connecticut University from until his retirement in He got involved in national athletic training issues and eventually completed two terms as NATA president.

He directed initiatives that improved sports medicine in the collegiate setting. Miller is the director of sports medicine for Purdue University. Peggy A. She is an associate professor at Duquesne University. Ken Kladnik has been active in District Ten, chairing several committees and editing the district newsletter. He served on and later chaired the NATA Foundation Scholarship Committee before returning to the role of student himself, earning a doctorate.

He is the director of rehabilitation services at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital. Koehneke is the athletic training education program director at Canisius College. Ken Locker has focused on revenue and scholarship initiatives for the profession, serving numerous NATA and Foundation committees. Sandy Miller has served as Texas athletic trainers throughout his career and was a six-year appointee to the Texas Athletic Training Licensure Board.

As an NATA board member, Miller was known for promoting the interests of college and high school athletic trainers. Currently he is assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Stephen F. Austin State University. Jack Redgren, a strong proponent of professional education, got into athletic training after serving in the Army, Getting his start with Lindsy McLean at the University of Michigan, Redgren has worked in the private sector treating varsity, professional and recreational athletes since He continues to work part-time with Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance.

Jack Baynes spent two years as Peace Corps volunteer before pursuing a career of service. Baynes was head athletic trainer at Northeastern University for 23 years before moving to Arizona as the first athletic trainer for Santa Rita High School. Baynes is now retired. Beeten was an exemplary athletic trainer with a career that spanned high school, college, professional and Olympic sports. Ron Carroll was the first certified athletic trainer at Arkansas State University and has been head athletic trainer since August He has been active in continuing education, governmental affairs and reimbursement.

He spent 25 years, active and reserve, in the U. Air Force and Army, becoming a Lieutenant Colonel. He was a professor and clinical coordinator for the athletic training education program at San Diego State University. David Perrin is a longtime advocate of clinical research, having been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training and founder of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Research Laboratory at the University of Virginia.

He is provost and executive vice chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Green is assistant athletic director and head athletic trainer at Florida Southern College. Bill McDonald was the director of sports medicine at Georgia Tech for 15 years before returning to his alma mater, the University of Alabama, in McDonald was an early advocate of legislative recognition, and he continues to mentor students in his current role as director of sports medicine for the Crimson Tide.

William Prentice is recognized as a prolific author, educator, and clinician. Most noted as the author of nine textbooks, Prentice worked as a Professor and Coordinator of the Sports Medicine Program at the University of North Carolina throughout his entire career. Charles Redmond, who served two terms on the NATA board, is a proponent of clinical education and worldwide sports medicine, having lectured in Aruba, Ireland and China while caring for athletes at the college, professional and Olympic levels.

She was the first female athletic trainer at Illinois State and the first female board member for the state association. Schniedwind served on the NATA Foundation board and the Foundation Scholarship Committee; now retired, she still lectures and is a sought-after mentor. Sue Stanley-Green was the first woman to cover football full-time in the Southeast Conference, as associate head athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky. Currently, she is program director of the athletic training education program at Florida Southern College. He was editor of the Journal of Athletic Training from and associate editor until His 31 years of Journal work was recognized by the creation of the annual Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement.

Now retired, he was the head athletic trainer at Northeast Missouri State University from Jerry Bell helped develop the athletic training education program at the University of Illinois. He was instrumental in securing state regulation of athletic trainers in and licensure in Swimming Sports Medicine Society. Pete Carlon is a valued voice for the profession among college sports administration. Kathleen Laquale was the first female athletic trainer at Providence College and is half of the first father-daughter duo to work in athletic training.

She also is a licensed dietary nutritionist. Naturally inclined to fix things, Marek took up the profession, eventually spending 13 years as head athletic trainer at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is in private practice and spends his weekends caring for professional bull riders. Marek was a two-term member of the NATA board.

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He also has worked with Donjoy to successfully launch the Velocity, an off-the-shelf rigid ankle brace. He was an assistant athletic director at the University of South Carolina until , when he launched his own consulting business. He is the dean for social sciences, professor of kinesiology and assistant athletic trainer at Hope College. Tom Abdenour has been in the National Basketball Association since , tirelessly advocating for proper terminology and polishing the public image of athletic trainers. Abdenour is head athletic trainer for the Golden State Warriors.

Steve Bair has been a champion of accreditation, credentialing and legislation throughout his career. He leads by example, having served on the NATA board, Foundation board and Board of Certification, in addition to state and district offices. Sam Booth has long been an advocate of educational excellence. During 11 years as head athletic trainer at Minnesota State University Moorhead Booth created a model athletic training program. She has spent her career developing students and promoting the profession. Since Max has worked at California State University Fullerton, where she was the driving force behind the development of an athletic training education program that has received national acclaim.

DC Colt takes pride in being a member of the first curriculum class at West Virginia University, where he graduated in In Colt became an athletic trainer for the U. Air Force Academy. Michael Ferrara has taken athletic training to the global scene. Ferrara has also been active in providing care for Paralympic athletes and the U.

Disabled Sports Team. He is a professor and program director at University of Georgia. He has been at Downingtown High School since He helped get athletic trainers hired by the Boise, Idaho, school district and played a key role when the Idaho legislature adopted registration in and licensure in He currently works at Intermountain Orthopaedics and volunteers as a physician extender at a free clinic for the homeless. Bill Lyons has been at the University of Wyoming since , were he has served as head athletic trainer and athletic training education program director.

After working under Wyoming legend Jack Aggers, as well as Gary Delforge and Warren Lee, Lyons has made it a point to pass on the lessons he learned by mentoring students throughout his career. Chad Starkey has carved a niche as an educator and visionary. Now an associate professor and coordinator of the division of athletic training at Ohio University, Starkey has served on the Board of Certification board and is author of several textbooks and articles. As early as the late s, Randy Biggerstaff began advocating for athletic trainers in the clinic setting.

An entrepreneur at heart, the Mizzou graduate has spent 30 years opening, directing and growing sports medicine clinics and consulting businesses. Now the education program director at Lindenwood University, Biggerstaff remains a key voice in clinical and emerging practice settings. Now an instructor and director of sports medicine at Baker University, Bott finds his greatest job satisfaction in mentoring students. Brooklyn native Frank Walters learned a key lesson from his first athletic training mentor, Bill Chisolm: think big-picture.

He has spent a career doing exactly that — and challenging others to do the same. He has impacted ethnic diversity in athletic training, education, job improvement, athlete health care. Well known for building the athletic training program in the District of Columbia public schools, Walters now runs an outreach program in Broward County, Fla. Many athletic trainers have fought for governmental recognition, but Keith Webster stands out in the crowd.

Early on, Webster saw the value of legislative affairs and effectively lobbied NATA to make it a priority. He led the Governmental Affairs Committee for a decade and continues to push for legislative initiatives. Webster is an assistant professor and head athletic trainer at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky. Anderson is a former Journal of Athletic Training reviewer and spent a decade developing questions for the BOC certification exam.

From the classroom to the basketball court, Larry Leverenz delivered intelligence, versatility and a global perspective to athletic training. He spent more than a decade working with disabled and blind athletes while making a name for himself as a clinician at Western Illinois and Iowa. He was extensively involved in NATA at the district and state level before becoming District Eight director, a position he held for six years beginning in Paulin worked the Summer Olympics and provided care for athletes at the Mt.

He worked for the Cincinnati Reds from and was part of four World Series championships. Starr is known for revolutionizing the profession in pro baseball, becoming the first to implement an extensive weight-training program. On the field, he helped the Cornhuskers to three national football titles in the s.

He was part of an NCAA task force that established new rules to protect football players during two-a-day practices. He was appointed by the governors of Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana to speak on behalf of the profession. During his 36 years with the Philadelphia Phillies and a World Series title, Jeff Cooper has promulgated a legacy of leadership, education and advocacy. Cooper modeled for other professional baseball ATs how to maximize Capitol Hill visits and promote athletic training to legislators.

Chris Gillespie is director of athletic training education at Samford University where he has worked for more than three decades. As one of the first athletic trainers to support sickle cell trait screening and be an advocate for athletes with this condition, he was part of the NATA Inter-Association Task Force on Sickle Cell Trait and the Athlete and has spoken extensively and published on this topic. Roger Kalisiak has been a committed activist at all levels of the profession. King is the current director of graduate athletic training education at Plymouth State University.

He is the current director of sports medicine at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Nearly 30 years at Michigan State University, Dr. Sally Nogle is an outstanding educator and professional who is an inspiration to students, athletes and colleagues. She presents regularly at athletic training meetings, is a textbook chapter author and product developer. He served as the charter president of the Georgia state association and president of the Tennessee association. He was instrumental in the formation of the Arena Football League Physicians and Athletic Trainers Association and has been involved as a volunteer and leader for many professional organizations and causes.

Pappas works for the Florida State University Department of Athletics and teaches in the athletic training curriculum. A strong and committed proponent of education, Patton has developed over 30 courses in athletic training, more than 50 lectures and presentations, and created one of the first athletic training degree programs to receive national accreditation.

Texas State University recently honored Patton with a scholarship in his name. In , he testified on behalf of the Texas licensure bill, the first athletic training practice act in the country. John W. Powell is a distinguished athletic training educator, researcher and clinician whose sports injury epidemiology work has made sports safer at all levels. Powell is currently an athletic trainer and faculty member at Michigan State University. Jay Shoop is known for his keen interest in the history of the profession and reimbursement.

As head athletic trainer at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he developed and implemented an international medical poly-clinic model within the Olympic Village and established a communication process that has been utilized since at the Games.


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Formerly head athletic trainer for the Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions, Shoop is currently director of sports medicine at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A committed member and past president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association, Smith was heavily involved in Indiana licensure and reimbursement efforts. He helped develop and pass the Indiana State House Enrolled Act , which allows licensed athletic trainers to be reimbursed by insurers and health maintenance organizations.

He has served as the president of the WVU Fellowship of Christian Athletes board and has received many local civic and business awards. Throughout his decades as an athletic trainer, Jeff Stone has been known for his devotion to colleagues and to the profession. Stone was instrumental in establishing the Rebecca Payne Memorial District One Scholarship, honoring the memory of the late athletic training student from Northeastern University.

Currently, he is the head athletic trainer at Suffolk University in Boston. Tessendorf has worked as an athletic trainer in the National Football League for nearly four decades, including more than 20 years with the Cleveland Browns and a Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens in As the head athletic trainer for Cy-Fair High School, he assisted in the implementation of a program that provided free heart screenings for student athletes and automatic defibrillators at each of the 10 CFISD high schools. He is one of the founders of the GHATS student workshop, the largest in the nation, and served as medical staff at the Summer Olympics.

Matt Webber is known as a compassionate athletic trainer who cares for his students, as well as an advocate for his colleagues and profession. A president of the Arizona Athletic Trainers Association and the first chair of the Arizona Board of Athletic Training, Webber worked to draft and implement athletic training licensure laws and regulations in the state.

A longtime high school athletic trainer, Webber served on the NATA board of directors and numerous committees. Ron Courson is a national leader in emergency care and the issue of sudden death. He has served on numerous committees and task forces and was instrumental in writing several NATA position statements on the following topics: spine injury management, preventing sudden death and emergency preparation in athletics.

Courson was a leader in developing the athletic training education program at the University of Georgia, where he currently serves as associate athletic director of sports medicine. His dedication to the profession is demonstrated by the compassionate care he provides his student athletes, his efforts toward promoting legislation that improves the welfare of student athletes and the development of an emergency medical plan that is credited with saving lives. He has now served as a faculty member at the university for nearly 40 years and is the director of athletic training.

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Floyd is currently an active volunteer at the local, state and national level and will serve as the next president of the NATA Research and Education Foundation. Robert Kersey is well known for his commitment to athletic training education and the development of young professionals. As a teacher, researcher and mentor, his impact on the profession is immeasurable. Kersey is a professor and director of the athletic training education program at California State University, Fullerton.

Ralph Reiff, an innovator in the field of athletic training, developed a tool to track downstream revenue and demonstrate the business value of athletic trainer outreach. Regarded as a leader in his state, he was instrumental in the passage of the Indiana certification regulation and licensure.

As committed to his athletes as he is to the profession, Reiff piloted several initiatives including a program to provide athletic training and medical services to the Butler University ballet program, an athletic training internship program and an injured athlete support group, among many others. Due to his expertise, he was selected to help plan and coordinate all aspects of medical care for the Olympic games.

Reiff is the executive director of St. Charlie Thompson is known for his leadership and the shining example he sets for others in the profession of athletic training. His commitment to the profession has contributed to a positive image and elevated role of athletic trainers in the realm of healthcare and sports medicine. He has served as a member of various workgroups and task forces including Vision Quest, Governance and as the liaison to the American Football Coaches Association.

Thompson has worked for the athletic training department at Princeton University for more than three decades and is in his 14th year as head athletic trainer. Recognized for elevating athletic training at the secondary school level, Jon Almquist has served the Fairfax County Public Schools System as an athletic trainer, teacher and administrator for more than 30 years.

Dedicated to addressing and reducing sports-related concussions, Almquist has improved secondary school athletic training through his research and instruction. As an educator and researcher, David Draper has had an immeasurable impact on the field of athletic training. Through more than publications and presentations and seminars, Draper has introduced therapeutic modality principles and applications based on research and scientific evidence to athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and other professionals.

He is recognized as a pioneer of research in ultrasound and diathermy. He is currently a professor of sports medicine and athletic training at Brigham Young University. Mark Gibson is known as a leader within the profession who has committed his career to the advancement of athletic training.

Gibson has served the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, first as head athletic trainer from to , and as the director of its undergraduate athletic training program since A former chair of the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training, and founding chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, she has influenced the education of athletic trainers throughout the country.

A recognized volunteer and activist at the local, state and national levels, Turocy contributed to the advancement of the regulatory status and licensure of ATs in Pennsylvania. Kenneth Wright, a professor at the University of Alabama, is a distinguished scholar, researcher and educator who is a respected expert and sought-after presenter across the globe. Wright has authored two textbooks, countless scholarly articles and secured numerous research grants, all of which has contributed to the advancement of athletic training and athletic training education.

Among many appointments to the editorial boards of several publications, Wright served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Athletic Training for 12 years. In recognition of his service, the JAT established an award in his honor. Ever focused on the total care of her athletes, she pioneered a wellness program to prevent unwanted pregnancies and STDs among student-athletes, and served as lead author of an NATA position statement on the detection and prevention of eating disorders in athletes. Bonci was named the U. Dave Carrier is recognized for his remarkable career accomplishments both in leadership and in practice.

Dave was Head Athletic Trainer of the U. His contributions to the profession are many, which include teaching Fundamental Techniques of Evaluation and Management of the Spine and Pelvis to athletic trainers from around the country. Malissa Martin is a renowned educator and researcher whose work in professional development has dramatically improved the athletic training profession. A nationally recognized presenter with more than presentations to her credit, Martin has authored several books and more than publications. Terry Noonan has dedicated his career to advancing the profession and improving the education of athletic trainers.

Through passionate campaigning and activism, Noonan was instrumental in obtaining licensure for athletic trainers in his home state of Iowa. He is also credited with singlehandedly saving the athletic training program at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served the program for 16 years. Russ Richardson is a leader of the profession, recognized for his tireless service and commitment to athletic training. Active at the state, district and national levels, Richardson served on the NATA Board of Directors and was named chair of both the Nomenclature Workgroup and the Executive Committee for Education, leading the Association through controversial issues.

An advocate for athletic trainers, Richardson contributed to licensure in California, Washington and Alaska. Currently, Richardson is an athletic trainer and associate professor of Health and Human Performance at the University of Montana Western. Brian Robinson has impacted his profession through his passionate advocacy for athletic trainers, particularly those in secondary schools. As the head athletic trainer at Glenbrook South High School since , he established an athletic training program that set a precedent for secondary school athletic training programs everywhere.

At Glenbrook, he developed a concussion management program, a rehabilitation program for injured athletes and a database for tracking injuries and treatment plans. Sandra Shultz is a celebrated educator, researcher and clinician whose impact on the profession is immeasurable. Shultz, who is currently a professor at UNC- Greensboro, has influenced the profession through the countless students she has educated and mentored.

Thomas Weidner is a national expert in research on upper respiratory illness. His work includes the influence of exercise on the duration and severity of a cold, and the effect of a cold on athletic performance and exercise. Weidner has also provided benchmark research in athletic training education, particularly clinical education.

He has authored an athletic training clinical education textbook, several textbook chapters and numerous papers and abstracts. His upper respiratory illness research continues to be cited in countless publications and television programs worldwide. An advocate for athletic training education, Weidner chaired the Clinical Education Committee and was instrumental in the training and development of clinical instructors. Weidner was a member of the board of editors of the Journal of Athletic Training for 18 years.

David Craig is known for his presence and leadership, both courtside and beyond. Michael Goldenberg has impacted the athletic training profession through his trailblazing efforts to integrate technology to improve and promote the profession. The District II webmaster since , Goldenberg introduced listservs, text and voicemail campaigns, online voting and various online tools, and established many state and district websites. As a member of the NATA Board of Directors, he was heavily involved in decisions that positively impacted the Association and profession, including the NATA logo change, the nomenclature study, the professional degree decision and the resurgence of the Joint Committee Meeting.

Bob Gray is known for his passion for athletic training and his devotion to the growth of his colleagues and the profession as a whole. Scott Linaker has dedicated his career to advancing the profession of athletic training through his leadership and service. An advocate for athletic trainers in the secondary school setting, Linaker spent more than 20 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Canyon del Oro High School. During his presidency, the RMATA Leadership Development Program was created to foster leaders within his district and the entire profession of athletic training.

A leader at the state, district and national levels, Eric McDonnell has committed his career to the advancement of the athletic training profession. Through his governmental affairs efforts, states under regulatory control increased from 28 to 49 and funding for state legislative activities increased. McDonnell is currently an athletic trainer at the University of Missouri, where he has served athletes for more than 30 years. He is also a recognized author and presenter. Gary Wilkerson is a renowned educator, researcher, clinician and respected expert in his field.

Wilkerson is a leader in clinical effectiveness studies and predictive modeling for injury prevention. In , he led a research study conducted at the United States Air Force Academy and in he served as a member of the polyclinic medical staff for the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Wilkerson is celebrated by his peers and has received numerous awards and accolades.

He is currently a professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he has taught since With the exception of a year stint at Louisiana State University, he served in various roles at Troy University since , including head athletic trainer, professor and program director. Anderson, a former student athlete at Auburn University, doubled as head coach and athletic trainer for both the track and field and cross-country teams at Troy, leading his athletes to several conference championships.

He was a member of the U. Track and Field coaching staff for the , and Olympic Games and served as an athletic trainer for the Olympic team. Anderson is the founder of Iota Tau Alpha, a national athletic training honor society. Since its inception in , the organization has expanded to more than chapters with more than inductees. A true trailblazer of the profession, Fran Babich began her illustrious career at Pomona College, where she became its first athletic trainer in and one of only three women in the country to hold such a position.

Though she has been instrumental in elevating athletic trainers in the community college setting, she has worked as an athletic trainer and an educator in every setting, including K schools, DI, DII and DII colleges and universities, as well as the professional setting. Since the beginning of her accomplished career, Tanya Dargusch has been a game-changer within the profession. Dargusch was instrumental in acquiring the funding for an association liaison to the American Academy of Family Physicians, which resulted in the introduction of the AT in a physician practice setting on a national platform.

In addition to being one of the first women in the industrial setting, Dargusch was the first female elected as a District Two Executive Board secretary. Kathy Dieringer is celebrated for her service and leadership to the profession of athletic training at the state, district and national levels. She served two terms on the NATA Board of Directors from through and secretary and treasurer from through MaryBeth Horodyski is a renowned researcher, respected educator and esteemed leader of the profession of athletic training.

She currently serves as the director of research for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida. In addition to her work at the university, Horodyski also serves as the athletic trainer at a small private high school in Gainesville. An expert in spine-injured patient care, Horodyski has more than publications in peer-reviewed journals and was selected as one of only five non-physicians to join the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Jeff McKibbin is a respected leader who is known for his dedication to his patients and his commitment to advancing the profession of athletic training. McKibbin, whose career began at the University of Central Oklahoma, spent 24 years as head athletic trainer, with 13 of those years in a dual role as associate athletic director. Over the course of his career, he served as head AT for 14 national championship wrestling teams and one national football championship team.

He is credited with legislative efforts in Oklahoma and developing the first accredited graduate athletic training program in Oklahoma. Selflessly, he donated all proceeds from book sales to NATA. Biggerstaff also spent three years as the concussion coordinator for Minor League Baseball umpires and is credited with introducing concussion management to the MLB.

Nancy Burke began her career more than four decades ago as one of the first athletic trainers in the Fairfax County Public Schools System in Virginia. She used her expertise to expand the profession to the public safety sector, beginning with the Fairfax County Police Department. She was the first athletic trainer hired by a law enforcement agency, and her program has become a model for similar programs across the country.

After the merger of U. The committee is regarded as a medical model for other governing bodies in sports. John Davis, known for his commitment to athletic training practice and education, has provided quality health care for student athletes at Montclair State University since He is credited with establishing the MSU athletic training education program in that has produced countless athletic trainers.

Davis has devoted years of service to the profession. Since then, he has built a decades-long career that has spanned multiple job settings and blazed new trails for athletic training employment. Matney started in the clinical setting, and his work has contributed to the expansion of the athletic training profession into the military, performing arts, physician practice and occupational health settings.

Matney established two rehabilitation clinics and spearheaded the expansion of the Boeing Industrial Athlete program. With pride and dedication, Gary Reinholtz served as an athletic trainer for more than 30 years. Along with three athletic training colleagues at the University of Washington, he co-authored the first programmed text used in athletic training curriculums.

Peter, Minnesota until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in He provided injury prevention and care to athletes on 27 sport teams. In , he developed an approved athletic training curriculum at Gustavus, educated countless students and prepared them to work alongside physicians, allied health professionals, coaches and administrators. A professor at Central Michigan University for decades, more than students have graduated under her tutelage.

Shingles co-authored the first book on cultural competence in the profession and is considered a national expert on diversity and inclusion in athletic training. Through her work at CMU, she is credited with successfully coordinating the reaccreditation process multiple times with each receiving the maximum number of years for reaccreditation. Jim Thornton, head athletic trainer at Clarion University for almost 30 years, has built his career and legacy upon service to the profession of athletic training. Thornton has held countless leadership positions at the state, district and national levels.

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