Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee

Composition

This district-based committee is comprised of members from the secondary school setting.

Mission Statement


The Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee (SSATC) is dedicated to recognizing the unique concerns and responsibilities associated with the secondary school athletic training practice setting, and to developing and providing materials and information that may enhance the effectiveness and marketability of athletic trainers working in this setting.
 

Strategic Goals

  • Increase the availability of athletic training services for all secondary school student-athletes
  • Empower SS ATs to quantify and articulate their value within the secondary school community
  • Increase public awareness of key issues affecting the safety of interscholastic and youth athletics
  • Encourage SSATs to evaluate their role in the advancement of athletic safety legislation
  • Provide resources and educational opportunities for secondary school athletic trainers
  • Promote and encourage the secondary school setting as a viable career destination

Use of Student Aides at the Secondary School Level (pdf)

letter from the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers' Committee Chair
 

SSATC Committee Members and Useful Links

SSATC Chair

Larry Cooper MS, ATC, LAT

Larry Cooper is the current Chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee (SSATC).  He has been a Teacher and Certified Athletic Trainer for 31 years with the majority of that time at Penn-Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pennsylvania. He developed the Sports Medicine Class and the Student Athletic Trainer Aide Program at Penn-Trafford.  

Larry previously served as the District 2 representative to the NATA SSATC. In addition, he has held numerous positions within the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS) including being a member of the Board of Directors, Secondary School Committee Chair, Parliamentarian and others. Larry is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Leagues (WPIAL) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He continues to work as a Master Assessor for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Associations (PIAA) Wrestling Weight Loss rule.
Mr. Cooper earned his degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and taught in Virginia for 8 years prior to coming to Penn-Trafford. He resides in Harrison City, PA with his wife Lisa and three daughters, Sara, Molly and Delaney.
 

BOD Liaison to SSATC

Bart Peterson MSS, ATC

Mr. Peterson has been an athletic trainer for more than 25 years.   He began as a student trainer in high school at Lehi High School in Lehi, Utah and attended college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Prior to graduation, he was hired at Provo High School and worked there as an athletic trainer for two years.  He also worked for a short time at the University of Utah’s Wasatch Clinics, providing outreach services to East High School in Salt Lake City as well as other schools. 
 
He has worked for the past 24 years at Campbell County High School in Gillette, Wyo. and Palo Verde High Magnet School in Tucson, Ariz.  For the past four years, he has also been the Athletic Director at Palo Verde HS.  Mr. Peterson holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy.
 
Shortly after beginning work in Wyoming he was elected President of the Wyoming Athletic Trainers’ Association and continued in that capacity for 6 years, serving also on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Representing District 7 on the NATA Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers’ Committee for 6 years was a highlight of his career in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.  Service to his profession and other athletic trainers, as well as the patients we assist provides great joy to Mr. Peterson.  “If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to find a way to serve and lose yourself in others.”  Mr. Peterson has served and worked on numerous task forces and work groups promoting the profession including being the Board Liaison to the Ethics, Public Relations, District Secretary Treasurers and the SSATC.
 
In 2003, he was elected as Secretary of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Association and in 2009 was elected District 7 Director to the NATA Board of Directors. 
 
The secondary school athlete and promotion of the profession remain the focus of his career and professional life.  Helping these students participate fully in sports and activity and assisting them in recovering from adversity remains his passion.
 
Mr. Peterson is also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and serves the community by participating in the Boy Scouts of America, acting as a leader for the past 20+ years.  Two of his own sons are Eagle Scouts and the remaining two are well on their way.  Helping others reach their potential is a theme of his professional and community service.
 
Bart is married to his wife of 23 years and proud parent of Courtney, Bryce, Gerritt, Tanner, and Spencer.  Mr. and Mrs. Peterson are proud grandparents to one grandson.

District Representative

Lori Johannessen ATC, LAT
 
My name is Lori Johannessen, and I am the new district one representative to the NATA’s secondary school committee. I work as a hospital employed – high school outreach athletic trainer. I have been with the hospital since earning my BS in 2002, and as the sole athletic trainer at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School; I have cared for our athletes for the last 8 years. I look forward to contributing to the SSATC, and am enjoying learning so much about the variations that are found school-to-school and state-to-state.
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

State Medical Associations

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
 

Academy of Family Physicians

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
 

State Athletic Associations

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
 

State Athletic Director’s Associations

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
 

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Connecticut
 

State Concussion Laws

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
 

State Licensure Laws

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
           

Licensure Verification

Massachusetts
Rhode Island
New Hampshire
Vermont
Maine
Connecticut
 

State Secondary School Committee Chairs:

Massachusetts:

   Melanie Martin- Kokopelli12@charter.net

New Hampshire:

   Sean Cox - scox@sau57.org

Vermont:

   Denise Alosa - dalosa@sbschools.net

Maine:

   John Ryan - pryanlatc@roadrunner.com

Connecticut:

   Carrie Graham - Carrie.graham@uconn.edu

District Representative:

Dan Quigley, MSEd, ATC, LAT
Dan has worked at the secondary school setting for 28 years. He received his BS in Health and Physical Education with a specialization in athletic training from Lock Haven University in 1983. He received his MSED in Health Education from James Madison University in 1985. Dan has been certified since 1983. He currently is the full time athletic trainer at Manheim Township High School where he has been since 1989. Dan is also the chair of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society School Committee.
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

State Medical Associations

Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
 

State Athletic Association

Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
 

State Athletic Directors’ Association

Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware

 

Academy of Family Physicians

Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
 

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

 
Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
 

State Practice Acts

 
Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware
 

State Concussion Laws

 
Pennsylvania
New York
New Jersey
Delaware

 

State Secondary School Committee Chairs

Pennsylvania:

   Dan Quigley  - quigleda@mtwp.net

New York:

   Paul Lasinski - lasinskiP@harborfieldscsd.org

New Jersey:

   Dave Csillan  - dcsillan@ewingboe.org

Delaware:

   Staci Krapes  - kessatc@gmail.com

District Representative:

David McAllister, MAEd, ATC, LAT
 
My name isDavid McAllister and I am the new District III Representative to the NATA Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers’ Committee (SSATC). Having been recently added to the Committee, I look forward to representing and serving the athletic trainers working in the secondary school setting within my district.
 
I was employed as the Coordinator for Athletic Training services at Cary Sports Therapy in Cary, NC where I worked for three years. As part of my duties at the clinic, I served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Raleigh Flyers; a local professional soccer team. I left Cary Sports Therapy to become the Head Athletic Trainer at Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA.  While in Virginia I served as Chair of the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Legislative Committee, which worked towards obtaining licensure for athletic trainers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 
 
In 1997 I returned home to North Carolina and for the last fifteen years have worked as the Athletic Trainer at Cary Academy in Cary, NC.  During that time I have provided athletic health care to athletes participating on forty-seven teams in twelve sports at the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity levels. I currently serve as the Secondary School Representative to the NCATA Board of Directors and as the Editor of the quarterly NCATA newsletter. I serve as a member of the District III Scholarship Committee and in 2004, was selected by the NCATA as the Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer of the Year. 
 
Useful Links and Info:

Academy of Family Physicians

District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
 

Licensure Verification

Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
 

State Medical Associations

District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
 

State Athletic Association

District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
 

State Athletic Directors’ Associations

District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia

 

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
 

State Concussion Laws

District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
North Carolina
 

State Secondary School Committee Chairs:

Maryland:

   Marty Sataloff, LAT, ATC - msataloff@mcdonough.org   

Virginia:

   John Reynolds, ATC - JDReynolds@fcps.edu

North Carolina:

   Ken Brown, MHDL, LAT, ATC - Kenneth.Brown-JR@dpsnc.net

South Carolina:

   Barry Atkinson, ATC - Batkinson@laurens55.k.12.sc.us

West Virginia:

   Jenni Johnson, ATC - jennijatc@hotmail.com

District Representative:

Troy Hoehn, ATC, ATR, CSCS
 
Troy received his BS degree from Mankato State University in 1998.  He worked 1 year at Foote Hospital in Jackson, MI for a hospital based outpatient Physical Therapy clinic and did outreach to one area high school.  The following year he became the Head Athletic Trainer at the Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic (OFC) in Mankato, MN.  Troy coordinates the sports medicine program at OFC which includes 12 area high schools, and many youth sports programs.  He received his CSCS certification in 1996.  Troy’s service at the national state and district levels include: MATA secondary school committee, MATA secondary school chair, NATA district 4 secondary school committee representative.
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

State Medical Associations

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

Academy of Family Physicians

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

 

State Athletic Associations

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

 
State Athletic Directors’ Associations

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

 

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

 

State Concussion Laws

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

 

State Licensure Laws

Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Indiana
Ohio
Michigan

State Secondary School Committee Chairs:

Minnesota:

  Troy Hoehn, ATC, ATR, CSCS  - troyatc@hickorytech.net

Wisconsin:

  Jason Abels LAT, CSCS - jabels@wi.rr.com

Illinois:

  Phil Dryer – Pdryer@d230.org

Indiana:

Tim Nurrenbern – Tnurrenbern@warrick.k12.in.us

Ohio:

 Stu Wilson, ATC - stuwilson@monroelocalschools.com

Michigan:

 Gretchen Mohney, MA, ATC, CSCS - (269) 387-2701

District Representative:

Dan Newman MS, ATC, LAT
 
Dan Newman is beginning his 12th year as the Head Athletic Trainer at Union High School in Tulsa, OK. 
 
Dan graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training.  Dan furthered his education by receiving his Master’s of Kinesiology (with an emphasis in Sports Injury management) from the University of Nevada- Las Vegas.  Dan’s professional experience encompasses over 18 years at the NCAA division I level, to small college and high school settings. 
 
Throughout his career, Dan has been actively involved in many activities including serving on the medical staff for the State Special Olympic Games.  Dan is also actively involved at the state and national level; he is the past president and meeting committee chair of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association and currently is a Division Leader of the NATA State Association Advisory Committee and District 5 representative on the Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer Committee.    
 
Dan and his wife Becky have two daughters, Peyton (7) and Addison (3).
 

State Medical Associations

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 

Academy of Family Physicians

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 

State Athletic Associations

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 

State Athletic Directors’ Associations

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 

State Concussion Laws

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
South Dakota

 

State Licensure Laws

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 

Licensure Verification

Missouri
Kansas
Oklahoma
Nebraska
Iowa
North Dakota
South Dakota

 
State Secondary School Committee Chairs:

Missouri:

 Steve Taylor - Steve.taylor@leesummit.k12.mo.us

Kansas:

 Justin Clark - Juclark@MHSKS.org

Oklahoma:

 Russ Schuchman - rschuchman@norman.k12.ok.us

Nebraska:

 John Carda - jcarda@espne.org                                 

Iowa:

 Chris Wiedman - wiedmacj@ihs.org

North Dakota:

 Robyn Gust - Robyn.gust@trinityhealth.org

South Dakota:

 Chad Urban - Chad.urban@sanfordhealth.org

District Representative:

Kembra Mathis, MEd, ATC, LAT
 
I have been an athletic trainer for 15 years in the secondary school setting. I am the director of the Sports Medicine Program for Bentonville High School in Bentonville AR and have been there for almost 7 years now. I picked up my bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Missouri State University in 1998 and then finished my Master’s degree in counseling from Northeastern State University in Broken-Arrow on 2005. Currently, I serve as the SWATA SSATC chair as well as the AR SSATC chair. I honestly believe the secondary school setting is the best kept secret in the field. I love working with high school kids both on the field and in the classroom and thank God every day for the opportunities I’ve been given to do the job I do. This is an exciting time to be a part of the Secondary School Athletic Training committee and I look forward to being a part of the wave of change that the future is blowing our way!
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

State Medical Associations

Arkansas
Texas

 

Academy of Family Physicians

Arkansas
Texas

 

State Athletic Associations

Arkansas
Texas

 

State Athletic Directors’ Associations

Arkansas
Texas

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

Arkansas
Texas

State Secondary School Committee Chairs:

Arkansas:

  Kembra Mathis - kmathisatc@yahoo.com

Texas:

  Rodney Murray - Rodney.Murray@comalisd.org

District Representative:

Dominic L. Di Manna, M. Ed, MS, ATC-R
Jefferson County Public Schools/ Alameda International High School
303-982-8160
ddimanna@jeffco.k12.co.us
 
Dominic has served as a secondary school athletic trainer for the past 26 years. While serving on the Colorado Athletic Trainers Association Board of Directors, he had a role in helping to pass Colorado's Regulatory Practice Act for Athletic Trainers.  Dominic was awarded the Excellence in High School Athletic Training Award by the Denver Nuggets in 2009.
 
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

State Medical Associations

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

 

State Athletic Director Associations

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah

 

State Academy of Family Physicians

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

 
State Athletic Associations

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

 
State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

 

State Concussion Laws

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

 
State Licensure and Regulatory Boards:

Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
Utah
Wyoming

 
Secondary School Committee Chairs:

Arizona:

Kristin Miller - kristin.miller@prca-tucson.org

Colorado:

Dominic Di Manna - ddimanna@jeffco.k12.co.us

New Mexico:

Aaron Stem  - astem@fms.k12.nm.us

Utah:

Becky Bailey - beckybailey@alpinedistrict.org

Wyoming:

Brooke Anderson - brooke_anderson@natronaschools.org

District Representative:

Stacey J. Ritter, MS, ATC
Director of Sports Medicine & Athletic Training
San Luis Sports Therapy/Delta Physical Therapy
stacey.ritter@slsportstherapy.com    
(805) 788-0805 x235
 
Stacey Ritter, MS, ATC is Director of Sports Medicine & Athletic Training for San Luis Sports Therapy & Delta Physical Therapy. She oversees outreach athletic training programs for 9 high schools in California. Stacey has served on the California Athletic Trainers Association, Far West Athletic Trainers Association, California Interscholastic Federation (SS) Athletic Trainers Advisory Committee, and Gatorade High School AT Advisory Committee. Stacey is a frequent presenter on topics ranging from psychology of injury, adolescent psychology, to performance nutrition, and youth sports concussion management. She holds a BS from CSU Long Beach, and MS in Psychology of Injury from CSU Fullerton.
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

State Medical Associations:

California
Hawaii
Nevada

State Athletic Director’s Associations

California
Nevada

State Academies of Family Physicians:

California
Hawaii

State Athletic Associations

California
Hawaii
Nevada

 

 
State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

California
Hawaii
Nevada

State Concussion Laws

California
Nevada
 
State Licensure Laws
Nevada

State Secondary School Committee Chairs

California:

  Robbie Bowers, Chair - rbowers@powayusd.com

Hawaii:

  Ross Oshiro, Chair.  - ross_oshiro@notes.k12.hi.us   

Nevada:

  Kelly Gustafson, Chair.  - Kelly.gustafson@bishopmanogue.org

District Representative:

Ronnie Harper, Ed.D, ATC

Ronnie is a teacher and certified athletic trainer at Dutchtown High School in Geismar, LA. He has taught in higher education for 14 years (Mississippi State University, University of Alabama and Southeastern Louisiana University) and in the secondary schools (Robert E. Lee High and Dutchtown High) for 10 years. He received his bachelors and master’s degree from Mississippi State University and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Alabama. He has been actively involved in the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association (LATA) as Chair of the LATA Research and Education Committee (1998-1999), member of the Legislative Committee (1997-1998) and Chair of the Secondary School Athletic Trainers Task Force (1994-1997). In 2002, he received the Jim Finks Award for Most Distinguished contribution to Sports Medicine by the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society. Ronnie was also instrumental in developing the secondary school sports medicine curriculum through the Louisiana Department of Education and continues to actively promote this program to high schools across Louisiana.
Ronnie has also been professionally active on the District and National level with his involvement in the College Student Athletic Trainer Workshop Faculty (1998-2001), member of NATA District IX Placement Committee (1998-2001) and a NATABOOC Model/Examiner (1999-2007). In 2005 he received the National Athletic Trainers Association Service Award. Ronnie currently serves as Chair of the NATA Secondary School representing District IX.
 
Useful Links and Info:
 

Academy of Family Physicians

Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida
Kentucky
 

State Athletic Associations

Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida
Kentucky
 

State Athletic Director’s Associations

Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida
Kentucky
 

State Brain Injury Awareness Associations

Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida
Kentucky
 

State Concussion Laws

Alabama
Mississippi
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida
Kentucky           
 

Licensure Verification

Alabama
Mississippi
Tennessee
Georgia
Louisiana
Florida
Kentucky
 

State Athletic Training Committees

Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
Tennessee
 

State Secondary School Committee Chairs

Louisiana:

  Ronnie Harper - harperr@apsb.org

Alabama:

  L. Jake Jordan - jordanj@mtnbrook.k12.al.us

Florida:

  Torrance W. Williams, MS, ATC, LAT - torrance.williams@ocps.net  
  John Paul Hamilton, MS, ATC - john.hamilton@ocps.net
  Stephanie Lennon - lennons@ocps.net

Georgia:

  Jeff Hopp, ATC, LAT - jhopp@marietta-city.k12.ga.us

Kentucky:

  A.J. Stadelmeyer - arthur.stadelmeyer@ashland.kyschools.us

Mississippi:

  Jeff Bryant, ATC - jeff.bryant@hpsd.k12.ms.us

Tennessee:

  Brent Ryan, MS, ATC, LAT - ryanb@k12tn.net

District Representative:

Christopher Dean, ATC

My name is Christopher Dean, and I have been a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1996.  I first began my journey into Athletic Training as a freshman at Lathrop High School.  Lathrop had a small but very dedicated Student Athletic Trainer program that provided the experience and foundation to help me transition into a collegiate Student Athletic Trainer Program at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.  I was one of the final students in UAF internship program to complete the program and obtain certification as a Certified Athletic Trainer.  Following graduation, I began working as a Physician Extender with our Team Physician.  While serving in this role, I also worked as a volunteer Athletic Trainer at the University of Alaska, 3 area High Schools, with the Junior A hockey team, the summer league baseball team and numerous community cultural and athletic events.  In 2002, I assumed the role of Head Athletic Trainer at Lathrop High School, coming full circle with where I had begun my journey many years prior.  I serve as the Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer Committee representative for the State of Alaska as well as the Northwest Athletic Trainers Association (District 10) representative to the National Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer Committee. 
 
Useful Links and Info
 

State Medical Associations

Alaska
Idaho
Montana
Oregon
Washington

State Athletic Associations

Alaska
Idaho
Montana
Oregon
Washington

 

State Athletic Directors Associations

Idaho
Montana
Oregon
Washington

State Secondary School Committee Chairs

Alaska :

  Christopher Dean  -  cdean@sportsmedicinefairbanks.com

Idaho:

  Greg Mitchell - greg.mitchell@boiseschools.org

Montana:

  Shawn Ruff - shawn_ruff@gfps.k12.mt.us

Oregon:

  Marlee Hansen - brownlie@4j.lane.edu

Washington:

  Tamra Patton - tamra.patton@lakesideschool.org

 
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