Named in honor of the first chair of the Professional Education Committee, the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award recognizes individuals who follow the distinguished educator’s example and exemplify excellence in the field of athletic training education. Award recipients excel in promoting athletic training education beyond the local level through service and publishing on athletic training issues.
NATA Member in good standing
Current BOC certification
10 years as a member of a teaching faculty in athletic training
Certified athletic trainers, students, and administrators or faculty of a college or university may nominate a candidate by downloading the nomination guidelines and submitting a detailed dossier to the Executive Committee for Education by December 16.
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PAST SAYERS "BUD" MILLER DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AWARD RECIPIENTS
Please click on any of the years below to view the bios of previous recipients of this award.
Sara Brown, MS, ATC
Sara Brown is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at Boston University. An athletic trainer since 1985, Brown received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University and her master’s degree from the University of Arizona. In her early career, she worked at Syracuse University and Ohio University and came at Boston University as the program director in 1991. Sara has impacted education in athletic training through her teaching, scholarship, and service. She has taught a wide array of classes during her career and was awarded the Whitney Powers Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2000. She has served on committees for the NATA, the CAATE, and the BOC, including a four-year term as the chair of the NATA’s Executive Committee for Education from 2010 - 2013. She served on the BOC Board of Directors including BOC President (2005-2007) and BOC Vice President (2001-2005) and began a term as chair of the Standards Committee for the CAATE in 2014. She is a co-author with Chad Starkey of Examination of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries, a textbook on orthopedic assessment.
Patrick Sexton, EdD, ATC
Patrick J. Sexton, EdD, ATR, ATC; currently serves as Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN where he has been since 1993. He began his career as an undergraduate athletic training student at the then Mankato State University in 1985. He earned his Master of Science in Athletic Training and Exercise Science (1986) at the University of Arizona and then moved on to become an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Wyoming. In 1988, Sexton accepted his first academic position as a clinical instructor and faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Over the next five years in Wisconsin, Dr. Sexton expanded his roles and responsibilities to include becoming the Head Athletic Trainer, Director of Athletic Training Education, and the President of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association. Returning to his alma mater in 1993, Dr. Sexton was hired as the University’s Head Athletic Trainer and as an Assistant Professor after completing his Doctor of Education degree in Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Dr. Sexton has dedicated himself to serving the profession of athletic training, devoting the majority of his efforts to advancement athletic training education through his teaching, his scholarship, and his extensive professional service at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Dr. Sexton was a member of the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education (JRC-AT) and was the first vice-chair of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). He later went on to serve on multiple CAATE committees, task forces, and as a site visitor. His service to AT education also extended to the NATA where he was a member of the Professional Education Committee (PEC),the PEC's Clinical Instructor Educator Committee, and the PEC’s Preceptor Development project. Dr. Sexton was elected to serve as an Athletic Trainer Director for the athletic training Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC). He has been a frequent speaker at state, district, and national meetings and has authored or co-authored more than two dozen journal articles published in the Athletic Training Education Journal (ATEJ), the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT), Athletic Therapy Today (ATT), and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR), and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, as well as an author of a textbook chapter in Cuppett and Walsh’s General Medical Conditions in Athletes. Dr. Sexton is a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Athletic Training Education, ,Sports Health Care: A Multidisciplinary Approach, and was an Associate Editor and reviewer for Athletic Therapy Today, now the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. Dr. Sexton also developed and served as editor of Athletic Training: Sports Health Care Perspectives through Mosby, Inc. Dr. Sexton has been recognized for his work via the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) Outstanding Educator Award, the GLATA Distinguished Service Award, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Athletic Trainer Service Award, and multiple Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association (MATA) Athletic Trainer Recognition awards. In 2010, Dr. Sexton was recognized with the NATA’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, and later in 2013, the Minnesota Athletic Trainers’ Association (MATA)’s Larry “Stosh” Neumann Distinguished Service Award. In 2014, Dr. Sexton was honored again when MATA inducted him into the MATA’s Hall of Fame.
Dr. Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD, ATC has been involved with athletic training education for over 20 years. In her current position as Graduate Program Director of the Old Dominion University Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program she has been responsible for the development of the athletic training curriculum, acquiring over 25 internally and externally funded graduate assistantships for athletic training graduate students, and mentoring many of the student research projects associated with the program. One of her most recent achievement included her efforts to align the graduate athletic training program within the College of Health Sciences to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and growth. In addition to her contributions to the Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program, Bonnie directed the Old Dominion University Human Movement Sciences Doctoral Program and has mentored numerous doctoral students which are currently or will be assuming academic positions in athletic training education programs. She has made significant contributions to athletic training education through her research and service. Bonnie’s research has focused on educational outcomes, developing post-professional competencies, and examining and advancing evidence-based practice behaviors. The success of Bonnie’s research is evident by the significant number of peer-reviewed publications and presentations she has disseminated over the course of her career. For several years, Bonnie served as Chair of the NATA Post-Profession Education Review Committee as well as the Subcommittee for Accreditation of Athletic Training Residencies. As the leader of these committees, Bonnie was responsible for guiding the accreditation process and developing the standards for NATA post-professional athletic training education programs and residency programs.
Dr. Kent Scriber is a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca College. Since graduating from Ithaca College in 1972 (BS, Physical Therapy), he has served as a Certified Athletic Trainer for Intercollegiate Athletics and was the Athletic Training Education Program Director at his alma mater for the initial 30 years of the program. Professor Scriber received his doctorate from Syracuse University. Scriber is a member of the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame (Baseball, Athletic Training) and in addition to serving Ithaca College student-athletes where 8 different Ithaca athletic teams have won 15 national championships, Kent has worked with professional baseball and basketball athletes as well as athletes at the international level for the World University Games (Buffalo/Baseball/Volleyball), Paralympic Games (Atlanta/Basketball), US Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs), World Basketball Challenge (Atlanta/Basketball), Canada Cup (Quebec, Canada/Team Handball), and Epson Ivy Bowl (Tokyo, Japan/Football). He has been active professionally and has gained recognition numerous times for his valued contributions at the college, state, regional, and national levels. He was the 1990 recipient of the NYSATA Sheehan Award and was inducted into the NYSATA Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2013 a Recognition Award was established by NYSATA in his honor. Dr. Scriber is a past-president of the EATA and received the EATA’s Cramer Award in 1995. He was the “Pinky” Newell Addressee at the 2009 EATA meeting, and in 2013 a District 2 Scholarship was named after him. In 1994 he was selected as an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2011 he was named an NATA Fellow and in 2013, Professor Scriber was selected as the NATA’s Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award recipient. Professor Scriber has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Athletic Training; Athletic Therapy Today; Training and Conditioning; Athletic Training Education Journal; and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. He has taught hundreds of students who have become BOC certified, given dozens of professional presentations, authored numerous articles, and has been involved as a consultant or site visitor for many athletic training education programs throughout the country.
Dr. Sandra Shultz is Professor and Co-Director of the Applied Neuromechanics Research Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches graduate courses and mentors Masters and doctoral students in Athletic Training and Applied Neuromechanics, and also teaches interdisciplinary courses in Applied Research Methods and Grant Writing. Dr. Shultz received her B.S. in Physical Education with Athletic Training emphasis from California State University, Fullerton (1984), M.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Arizona (1985), and Ph.D. in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia (1999). Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she was the associate director of athletic training and rehabilitation at the University of California, Los Angeles (1991-1996). She has been a Board Certified Athletic Trainer since 1985. Her research focuses on sex dependent factors that contribute to “high risk” knee joint biomechanics more often observed in females, and thought to contribute to their greater risk of ACL injury. This work has been supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Athletic Trainers Association Foundation, and the National Football League Charities. The ultimate goal of this work is to determine the underlying factors that increase a female’s susceptibility for ACL injury, so that we can more effectively identify and address these factors in our ACL injury prevention strategies. Dr. Shultz is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (Fellow), the Orthopaedic Research Society, the American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She has been actively involved in service to the NATA, including the Research and Education Foundation Research Committee, Convention Program Committee (Chair), Pronouncements Committee, and Appropriate Medical Coverage for Intercollegiate Athletics Task Force. She iscurrently Chair of the NATA Fellows Committee, a Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and an editorial board member for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and Journal of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Her awards include the 2005 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the 2003 Freddie H. Fu New Investigator Award. She is also the primary author of Musculoskeletal Examination of Athletic Injuries.
Dr. Martin is the Associated Dean for Faculty Development and Assessment along with Graduate Program Director of the PhD in Athletic Training at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Previously Dr. Martin served as the athletic training education program director at the University of South Carolina, Middle Tennessee State University and most recently at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Martin is a reknown educator who has published over 75 articles, conducted as many if not more presentations and workshops, is a book author and has received national accolades for her academic and clinical achievements including -Southeast Athletic Trainer’s Associate Outstanding Educator and Administrator -Greater Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association Outstanding Athletic Training Educator -Stan Hartgrave’s Distinguished Educator of Rocky Mountain University -NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award -NATA Service Award -2011 NATA Bud Sayers Miller Outstanding Educator of the Year Currently Dr. Martin serves on the editorial board for the Athletic Training Education Journal and is a Chief Section Editor for the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy.
Dr. Thomas W. Kaminski is currently Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE, USA). Dr. Kaminski is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (FNATA), and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Dr. Kaminski is the only person holding fellowship status in all three organizations in the world. He is editor-in-chief of the SLACK, Inc. journal publication titled Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. He is the former associate editor for Athletic Therapy Today and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Athletic Training and the World Journal of Orthopedics. Additionally, he has served as a guest reviewer for many leading journals including the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, International Journal of Sports Medicine, and Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to name a few. He is active on several professional committees including the, NATA REF Free Communications Committee, the NATA BOC Exam Review Committee, the EATA Research Committee, and the Education Committee for the DE Athletic Trainers’ Association. In addition, Dr. Kaminski is currently serving as one of the lead authors for an upcoming NATA position statement on the Management of Lateral Ankle Sprains. He also serves as a Review Panel Chair for the AAHPERD Research Consortium. Internationally, Dr. Kaminski is recognized for his efforts as a founding member of the International Ankle Consortium and planning committee member for the International Ankle Symposium. Dr. Kaminski has made numerous presentations on a variety of sports medicine topics to local, state, regional, national and international audiences and has over 65 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include ankle instability, the effects of purposeful heading on brain function in soccer, and functional performance assessment for the lower extremity.
Michael R. Sitler, EdD, ATC, FNATA has been in the professoriate for more than 32 years, the last 22 of which have been at Temple University where he holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Kinesiology in the College of Health Professions and Social Work. He graduated from East Stroudsburg State College in 1976 with a degree in Health and Physical Education and a concentration in Athletic Training. Mike continued his education at East Stroudsburg State College where he completed his Masters of Science degree in 1977. In 1989, he completed his Doctor of Education degree at New York University. His research focus is on evidence-based practice in athletic training and sports medicine on interventions to reduce unintentional injuries and post-treatment outcomes. He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has provided extensive committee and leadership service to the athletic training profession, which includes Chair of the NATA Research and Education Foundation, EATA, and PATS Research Committees. He also served on the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s Board of Directors and as its 4th president. He continues to serve as an editorial board member on the Journal of Athletic Training and Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. He has received major awards and recognition for his research and professional service, to include Phi Kappa Phi Recognition Award for Scholarly Achievement (1987), American Academy of Orthopaedic Society O’Donoghue Award for Outstanding Research (1989), Henry Albert Scientific Presentation Award (1993), Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (1997), East Stroudsburg University Alumnus Achievement Award (1997), Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Merit Award (2004) and Hall of Fame (2008), NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (2008) and Fellow (2009), and NATA Research and Education Foundation Lifetime Contribution Award (2009). District 2 honored him by naming its Doctoral Research Grant in his name in 2009.
Kevin M. Guskiewicz, Ph.D., A.T.C. is a Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC. He also serves as the Chair of Exercise and Sport Science. Dr. Guskiewicz holds a joint appointment in the Department of Orthopaedics, and is a core faculty member for the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the UNC Doctoral Program in Human Movement Science. Over the past 13 years, Dr. Guskiewicz’s research has focused on sport-related concussion and is the Research Director for the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes which focuses on the long-term neurological and musculoskeletal issues related to playing sport. Dr. Guskiewicz has been the recipient of 14 funded research grants, and has published over 50 journal articles and six chapters in athletic training textbooks. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training, and is on the editorial boards of three other journals. He was the recipient of the 1997 Kenneth Knight Outstanding Research Manuscript for the Journal of Athletic Training, the recipient of the 1999 NATA-REF New Investigator Award for Athletic Training Research, and the 2006 Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research. Dr. Guskiewicz was awarded Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine in May 2003, and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in September 2006. Dr. Guskiewicz and his wife Amy are the proud parents of four children, Jacob, Nathan, Adam, and Tessa.
Douglas J. Casa
Dr. Douglas Casa was awarded a B.S. in Biology from Allegheny College and an M.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Florida. He received his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Connecticut where he is currently the Director of Athletic Training Education, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, and Research Associate of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Neag School of Education. Dr. Casa's research has focused on exertional heat stroke, exercise heat tolerance, dehydration, rehydration, exertional heat illnesses, and heat physiology which has led to having chaired the NATA's position statement on Fluid Replacement for Athletes (2000), the NATA-led Inter-Association Task Force on Exertional Heat Illnesses (2003), and the USA Track and Field Hydration Advisory (2003). He has published over 60 peer-reviewed research publications and has given over 150 presentations specific to heat and hydration issues with athletes. Dr. Casa serves/served on the medical staff of the Marine Corps Marathon, Boston, Marathon, New York City Marathon, Falmouth Road Race, Five Points of Light Marathon, Hawaii Ironman Triathalon World Championships, as well as many other events. These events provide Doug a unique opportunity to learn about and treat exertional heat stroke.
R.T. Floyd, EdD, ATC, CSCS
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. Floyd received a B.S. Degree in Physical Education from the University of West Alabama in 1980 and a M.A.T. Degree in Physical Education in 1982. In 1995, he completed an Ed.D. in Human Performance Studies at the University of Alabama. R.T. began his career at the University of West Alabama in 1974 where he now serves as Director of Athletic Training & Sports Medicine and chair/professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. Dr. Floyd is in his second term on the NATA Board of Directors representing District IX. Additionally, he serves/served on the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors, NATA Educational Multimedia Committee, District IX Chair on the NATA Research & Education Foundation Board, and Director of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Competencies in Athletic Training Workshop. Dr. Floyd also holds CSCS and NSCA – CPT certifications from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and is a Licensed Emergency Medical Technician. He served on the Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic athletic training staff for twenty-seven years, including twenty-five classics as Head Athletic Trainer of the Gray Squad. Dr. Floyd was presented the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2003 and received the Athletic Training Service Award in 1996. He received the District IX Award for Outstanding Contribution to the field of Athletic Training by the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association in 1990 and the organization’s highest award, the Award of Merit, in 2001. In 2004, he was inducted into the Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was inducted into the University of West Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the author of the textbook, Manual of Structural Kinesiology, now in its 16th edition.
Chad received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Ohio University, where he also served as an instructor and athletic trainer. After serving as the athletic training program director and associate professor at NU, he has returned to Ohio University as a Visiting Professor. He was a member of the Board of Certification Board of Directors, the NATA Education Task Force, and served as the Chair of the NATA Education Council. Dr. Starkey is currently a member of the NATA’s Leadership, Information, Management, and Education (LIME) Team, the National Legal Program, the Educational Degree Task Force, and serves as the Chair of the Uniform Terminology Project. In addition to his peer-reviewed journal publications and professional presentations, Dr. Starkey has authored several textbooks including Therapeutic Modalities, Evaluation of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Athletic Training and Sports Medicine. He is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and served as an editor of the 19th, 20th, and 21st editions of Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary. He also provides injury epidemiological services as a consultant to the National Basketball Association. Dr. Starkey has received the NATA’s Service Award, NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award, the EATA’s Cramer Award, and has given the Keynote address at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainer’s Association meeting in 1999 and the William E. Newell Memorial Address to the EATA in 2001.
Dan Foster is Director of Athletic Training Education in the Exercise Science Department at the University of Iowa. He is also an Associate Director of Athletic Training Services at the University. Dr. Foster was educated at the University of Iowa in Exercise Science. Athletic Training Education started at the University Iowa in 1973. Dr. Foster took over the administrative direction of the Program in 1976. From that time on, Dr. Foster was involved in professional education in some form or another: first with the Professional Education Committee of NATA, then CAHEA and CAAHEP as a Joint Review Committee member, and the NATA Education Council Entry-level Committee. Dr. Foster has also been a member of the NATA Pronouncements Committee, a JAT reviewer, and an REF reviewer. He served the state and district NATA organization as an officer or advisor through most of his professional career. Among other duties on campus, Dr. Foster was the athletic trainer with the University wrestling team for 13 years and now volleyball for the past 19 years. During the past 25 years, Dr. Foster participated in the USOC program and Olympic Festivals in Colorado Springs CO, Durham NC, and Minneapolis MN. He has authored chapters in a variety of modern sports medicine texts and published journal articles dealing with athletic training education, quality control, weight loss in wrestlers, and wound care in sports to name a few. Foster’s research interests are in the broad area of exercise and disease science with specific interest in atraumatic shoulder lesions and repetitive motion diseases. Currently he is working on projects to clarify syndesmosis sprains in athlete populations.
Award-winning instructor, author and athletic trainer, Paula Sammarone Turocy is one of three founding faculty members in the Duquesne University athletic training education program. After earning her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate at West Chester State College and her master’s degree from Michigan State University, Turocy finished her doctorate in education with an emphasis in medical curriculum at the University of Virginia. She was head athletic trainer for volleyball, gymnastics and swimming and diving at the University of Pittsburgh. She was head women’s athletic trainer and assistant athletic trainer for football and basketball at Eastern Kentucky University and worked as a member of the U.S. Olympic medical staff for the world university games in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, in 1987. She also worked at the U.S. Olympic festival in 1986 and was a part of the U.S. Olympic committee’s elite athletic sports medicine network. She has served as Chair of the JRC-AT Turocy is the recipient of several awards, including the Duquesne University Teacher of the Year, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Merit Award, and the NATA Service Award . She has been listed in the Who’s Who in American Women, in Who’s Who in American Education and in Who’s Who in Health Sciences Higher Education.
Herb Amato, DA, ATC
Dr. Herb Amato serves as the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) Director, a Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, and the Cluster Five Coordinator in the General Education Program at JMU. He received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training in 1979 from West Virginia University, his Masters of Science in Education from James Madison University (1980), and his Doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University (1992). Dr. Amato has been involved in the education of athletic training students for over twenty-four years at the university and high school levels. Prior to coming to JMU, Herb served as the Head Athletic Trainer and ATEP Director at Mars Hill College, NC (1984-1988) and as a Teacher/Athletic Trainer at Northern Durham High School, NC (1980-1984). Through his tenure as a high school and university instructor, he has taught a wide variety of subject matter, ranging from physical education activity classes to graduate-level athletic training courses. In 1988, Dr. Amato was selected as a member of the Medical Staff for the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. The pre-Olympic tour allowed him to tour with the US Baseball Team throughout the United States, Italy and Japan. He was also on the medical staff of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Through his involvement with the USOC, he conducted several workshops in Spain (1992-1995), traveled to Zagreb, Yugoslavia as part of the medical staff for the World University Games (1987), and served as a crew chief for Out-of-Competition drug testing. Dr. Amato has an extensive public speaking and consulting background. He has published several articles/books in the areas of athletic training education and clinical practice. Dr. Amato is also active in service for his church and community, and professionally at university and national levels.
Thomas Weidner, PhD, ATC
Thomas G. Weidner, PhD, ATC, completed his undergraduate and graduate work in Health Education at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. A certified athletic trainer since 1981 and member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association since 1976, Dr. Weidner previously served as Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at California State University - Northridge (1985-1991). Currently a Professor at Ball State University, he is Director of the Athletic Training Education Program and Research Laboratory. Over the years, Dr. Weidner has been involved in numerous grants and studies, published many benchmark papers and made a multitude of presentations dealing with upper respiratory illness and athletic training clinical education. He developed the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) Research Committee and has served as chair since 1993. Further, Dr. Weidner was awarded the 2003 GLATA Distinguished Educator Award. Since 2000, he has been a member and/or chair of the Education Council Clinical Education subcommittee. Dr. Weidner has been visually-impaired or blind his entire career.
Earlene Durrant, EdD, ATC
A secondary school teacher for a decade, during the 1960s, when athletic trainers were almost exclusively male, Dr. Durrant was one of only five female athletic trainers nationwide and the first female ATC in Utah. Durrant became the first female athletic trainer at Brigham Young University in 1973 and served as head women’s athletic trainer until 1990. She was the first Utah athletic trainer to hold NATA certification and was the first woman the Utah Athletic Trainers’ Association elected president. She was NATA’s first female committee chair and for a decade chaired the Memorial Resolutions Committee. Since then, Durrant has served on many other NATA committees. She has delivered symposiums, lectures and papers nationwide, has written several manuscripts, abstracts and has published “Weight Training for the Female Athlete.” In 2001, both the UATA and District Seven honored her as Educator of the Year. She was named NATA Distinguished Educator of the Year in 2002, and although retired, she continues to work with BYU graduate students. In May 2004, Earlene Durrant was inducted into the Utah Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Durrant was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2000.
John Thatcher, MS, ATC
John Thatcher, East Stroudsburg University’s athletic training education program director since 1974, administers all aspects of undergraduate work in athletic training. He also teaches 15 sports medicine courses and is responsible for the initial evolution and development of 11 of those courses, which are a part of the accredited entry-level athletic training education program. Affectionately known as “Thatch,” he serves as chief evaluation officer for the NATA site visitation team with the JRC-AT. He is on the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society advisory committee to its board of directors and has served on its professional education committee and long-range planning and finance committee. Slightly more experienced athletes may be interested in his recently published study about how glucosamine supplements affect joint pain and range of motion in an osteoarthritic population, which he and others presented to the American College of Sports Medicine National Conference in Indianapolis in 2004. Among dozens of other works on a variety of sports medicine studies, he has also written “Exercise and the Older Adult—Adapting to Musculoskeletal Changes” for the American College of Sports Medicine Workshop for the Certificate of Advanced Qualification. In 2003, East Stroudsburg University named Thatcher its Distinguished Professor of the Year and the NATA Education Council presented him with the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award. In 2002, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society inducted him into its Hall of Fame.
Mike Ferrara, PhD, ATC
Dr. Mike Ferrara is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science and Curriculum Director of Athletic Training in June 1998 after serving for 13 years as the athletic training program director at Ball State University. He received his doctorate from Penn State University, master's from Michigan State University, and undergraduate degree from Ithaca College in New York. Dr. Ferrara also served at Northwestern University for 3 years before going to Ball State University. Dr. Ferrara has international expertise in sport epidemiology for athletes with disabilities and serves on the International Paralympic Committee's Sport Science Committee as the expert in sport medicine issues for athletes with disabilities. Dr. Ferrara has served as Director of Medical Operations for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games, medical coordinator the US medical team for the 1994 World Athletic Championships, and the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games. He also was the athletic trainer for the 1990 World Games, 1987 Pan American Games, 1985 Olympic Festival, 1983 World University Games and the 1982 National Sports Festival. In 1995, Ferrara was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) and also received the distinguished service award from the IATA. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association, past president of the IATA and past member of the Board of Directors of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and is President of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy.
Richard Ray, EdD, ATC
Dr. Richard Ray is an athletic trainer and professor of kinesiology at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Since 1982 he has served as the program director for the athletic training education program. Dr. Ray received a doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University and earned a master's degree in biology and an undergraduate degree in physical education from the University of Michigan. Dr. Ray serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Athletic Training, as editor-in-chief of Athletic Therapy Today and has authored three books: Management Strategies in Athletic Training, Counseling in Sports Medicine, and Case Studies in Athletic Training Administration. Dr. Ray has authored more than 40 articles in scientific publications and presented papers at a similar number of local, regional, national, and international conferences and symposia. Dr. Ray has served in a variety of appointed and elected positions in the National Athletic Trainers' Association and other related organizations. He was co-chair of the NATA's Education Task Force. He has served as president of both the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society. He was inducted into the MATS Hall of Fame in 1999.
Peter Koehneke, MS, ATC
No one knew this injured high school athlete from a small Indiana community would have had such a far-reaching impact on the athletic training profession, but Pete Koehneke has had an enormous impact. Since 1998, he has paved the road for generations of new athletic trainers by helping establish more than 214 new accredited athletic training programs across the nation. Koehneke earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana State University. After he worked as Rhode Island College’s head athletic trainer and instructor, he joined the ranks at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1978, where he worked his way to full professor, department chair, and director of the athletic training program. He has worked diligently as CAAHEP commissioner, chair of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Athletic Training, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the NATA Education Council Executive Committee and its Long Range Strategic Planning Committee. He has been granted the NATA’s Distinguished Educator Award, its Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and with the NYSATA Thomas Sheehan Award. Both the NATA and the NYSATA have inducted him into their Halls of Fame. He sees the profession’s greatest challenge as being one of public relations, in convincing Congress to pass a uniform practice act so athletic trainers can have the same name recognition, respect and billing privileges as other health professionals. Mr. Koehneke was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2002.
Dr. Kenneth E. Wright, EdD, ATC
Dr. Wright is professor and chair of the program in sports medicine at The University of Alabama. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University, his master’s degree from Syracuse University and his doctorate from Middle Tennessee State University. Additionally, he has served as Head Athletic Trainer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Morehead State University. Dr. Wright has received the Outstanding Alumnus award from The College of Health Sciences at Eastern Kentucky University and the Academic Excellence Award for outstanding teaching research and service in the College of Education (1998). Dr. Wright has numerous publications to his credit including video series titled, Sports Medicine Evaluation Series and Sports Medicine Taping, a computer-assisted instructional program, Sports Injuries, and two textbooks, The Comprehensive Manual of Taping and Wrapping Techniques and Basic Athletic Training. Dr. Wright is serving as chair of the United States Anti Doping Agency Doping Control Officers Committee and on the editorial board of the International Advisory Board of Physical Therapy in Sport and the Journal of Athletic Training. Previously, he has chaired the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Educational Multimedia Committee.
An avid researcher, Lephart is the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory director, as well as department chair and associate professor for the department of sports medicine and nutrition in the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Lephart earned his undergraduate degree in 1984 at Marietta College and completed both his master’s and doctoral degrees in sports medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Although he’s fascinated with golf injury research, his other professional interests include musculoskeletal sports and female ACL injury prevention. He has published more than 70 refereed papers, authored 26 textbook chapters, presented more than 100 papers nationally and presented more than 30 research papers internationally in 15 countries and on four continents. He wrote the textbook “Proprioception and Neuromuscular Control in Management of Joint Pathology,” which was published in 2000. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s William G. Clancy Jr., MD Medal for Distinguished Research and, in 1999, the NATA Distinguished Educator of the Year Award. Lephart serves on several editorial boards, including the “Journal of Sport Rehabilitation” and “Sports, Exercise, and Injury.” He’s a reviewer for the “Journal of Athletic Training” as well as the “American Journal of Sports Medicine.”
Dr. Bell received his doctorate Education from Brigham Young University, masters in Education at the University of Arizona, and his bachelor's degree from Ball State University. He has also earned a Physical Therapy degree from Ohio State University. Dr. Bell was employed by the University of Illinois to assist in the development of the Athletic Training-Sports Medicine Emphasis within the Department of Kinesiology after serving as an athletic trainer at Cal State - Sacramento and New Albany High School. He has been instrumental in seeking state regulation of athletic trainers through registration in 1985 and licensure in 1995 by passage of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act and serving as Chair of the Illinois Board of Athletic Trainers from 1986-1996. He has volunteer experiences with the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs and the National Sports Festival 1981, 1982 and World University Games, Kobe, Japan, 1985 and the Illinois Prairie State Games, 1984-93. He has also served as Secretary for the US Swimming Sports Medicine Society from 1992-96 with trips to Canada, Hawaii and Rome, Italy. He was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 1991. He is the 1996 recipient of the NATA's Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and was inducted into the 2001 Ball State University "Ring of Honor" Hall of Fame of the Cardinal Varsity Club.
Dr. William Prentice is recognized as an author, educator, and clinician. He received both BS and MS degrees from the University of Delaware, a PhD degree in sports medicine and applied physiology from the University of Virginia and BSPT degree in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina. He is a Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science, and has served as the Program Director of the CAATE Accredited Post-Professional Athletic Training Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1980. Dr. Prentice is the author of 51 editions of nine different textbooks most notably Principles of Athletic Training. He has published more than 110 journal articles and abstracts, and has made more than 220 lectures and presentations. Prentice served as the Athletic Trainer for the Women’s Soccer Program at the University of North Carolina for 26 years since1980 and during that period the team won 18 NCAA National Championships. Dr. Prentice has been the recipient of numerous awards from the NATA including most notably the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator Award in 1997; the Educational Multimedia Committee Videotape Production Award in 1997; and, the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1997. In 2004, Dr. Prentice was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association's Hall of Fame. In 2006, the NATA established the William E. Prentice Scholarship that is presented annually in his name. In 2008, Dr. Prentice was selected in the inaugural class as an NATA Fellow. In 2012, Dr. Prentice was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was the recipient of the prestigious Dr.Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award presented annually by the United States Sports Academy.
Dr. David Perrin received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, a master's degree from Indiana State University, and a bachelor's degree from Castleton State College. Currently holding the position of Dean and Professor of the School of Health and Human Performance at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, Dr. Perrin served as the director of the graduate Athletic Training and Sports Medicine program at the University of Virginia and the director of the undergraduate athletic training education program at the University of Pittsburgh. After serving as a member of the NATA Professional Education Committee, Dr. Perrin was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training and was the founding editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. He has published several textbooks, Isokinetic Exercise and Assessment, Athletic Taping and Bracing, The Injured Athlete, Third Edition, and is the editor of the five-textbook Athletic Training Education Series. His awards from the National Athletic Trainers' Association include the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award in 1998, and the William G. Clancy, Jr., M.D. Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research in 1999. At the University of Virginia, he was recipient of an All-University Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and in 1998 received the Curry School of Education Foundation's Outstanding Professor Award. At the University of Virginia he is a member of The Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa. Perrin is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Perrin was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2003.
Ken Knight, PhD, ATC
Ken Knight, former chair of the Athletic Training Department at Indiana State University and currently a professor at BYU, is an accomplished clinician, scholar, professional citizen, editor, and educational innovator. He hold degrees from Dixie Junior College, Weber State University, and the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has been a college athletic trainer for over 20 years, during most of which he was responsible for the health care of 8 to 10 athletic teams per year. He is a prolific scientist, as evidenced by his 5 books, 60 publications, and 140 presentations. For the past 10 years has been Editor/Editor-in-Chief of he Journal of Athletic Training. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of 7 professional journals and on numerous professional committees for the NATA and the American College of Sports Medicine. Educational and professional innovation includes leading the effort to develop the first stand alone masters degree in athletic training, 3 annual outstanding manuscript awards for the Journal of Athletic Training, Free Communications Sessions at NATA annual meetings, and the NATA News. His modularized clinical education program was influential in the policy shift from an hours requirement to a competency requirement for student clinical experiences. Dr. Knight is considered a world expert on cryotherapy for the immediate care and rehabilitation of orthopedic injury. Also, his DAPRE technique has helped advance understanding of the neural component of orthopedic injury rehabilitation. Dr. Knight was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2001.
Karen R. Toburen, EdD, ATC
Dr. Karen "Toby" Toburen received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and her master's and bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. Dr. Toburen served as Professor and Athletic Training Program Director at Southwest Missouri State University and the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. During her career, Dr. Toburen has served as chair of the NATA Convention Committee, Vice-Chair of the JRC-AT, and as a member of the Continuing Education Committee and the NATA Education Task Force, and the Professional Education Committee. In 1988, she served as an athletic trainer for the Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea and has had extensive international travel experience as an athletic trainer with USA women's basketball. Dr. Toburen has received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and was inducted into the UW-LaCrosse Wall of Fame in recognition for her coaching career with women's basketball and field hockey and was the first active coach to be elected president of the Wisconsin Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Dr. Toburen was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1999.
A 1960 Kansas State University graduate, he began working with the University of Arizona in 1963, was named UA’s head athletic trainer in 1969 and in the same year was elected president of the NATA. In 1975, Delforge worked with the Pan-American Games and worked with Olympian Bruce Jenner. In 1994, the NATA named Delforge its Sayers “Bud” Miller Educator of the Year. University of Arizona athletic training program founder Gary Delforge enjoys a legacy of successful, influential certified athletic trainers nationwide. With a reputation for having spent every moment possible with his students, he handpicked excellent teachers and gave his students a 100 percent placement rate. After the University of Arizona disbanded its athletic training program in 1995, Delforge opened a new athletic training facility in conjunction with the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Dr. Delforge was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1988.
An athletic training pioneer in New Mexico, Larry Willock is the head athletic trainer of the United States Air Force Academy. New Mexico’s first athletic trainer, Willock grew up in Santa Fe. In 1971, he was among the first 17 people in the United States to sit for the newly created NATA certification examination. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of New Mexico, where he served for the next 25 years as an assistant athletic trainer and worked his way to head athletic trainer. During that time, he has inspired more than 100 UNM students to become athletic trainers. Willock helped establish the New Mexico Athletic Trainers’ Association and served as its first president. He has been named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, the New Mexico Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, and has been granted the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Distinguished Service Award.
Before he retired in June 2000, Mississippi native Jim Gallaspy invested his life caring for athletes and educating new athletic trainers. His career in athletic training began early, as a junior high student, and continued long past graduation from Provine High School in Jackson. A University of Southern Mississippi student, he worked for Hall of Fame member Larry “Doc” Harrington. With his new bachelor’s degree in hand, he ventured to Hollywood, Fla., where he worked as athletic trainer and teacher at McArthur High School. Then he traveled north to Indiana, where he continued his education at Indiana State University while he worked at Moline High School. In 1974, Gallaspy returned to the University of Southern Mississippi, teaching and taking care of athletes for the next 26 years. During that time, he served as the Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association president, Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association president and a member of the NATA Board of Directors. Gallaspy co-authored an athletic training reference volume with J. Douglas May entitled “Signs and Symptoms of Athletic Injuries”. In January 2004, the Mississippi Athletic Trainers’ Association inducted Jim Gallaspy Jr. into its Hall of Fame. Mr. Gallaspy was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2001.
John W. Schrader has been instrumental in raising the public’s perception of athletic trainers by helping standardize certification and by developing consistent accreditation and certification routes nationwide. Dr. Schrader began his athletic training career in 1968 under Pinky Newell at Purdue University. As soon as he earned his bachelor’s degree, Purdue hired him as an athletic trainer. At the University of Washington, he taught at the college and high school levels, worked as an athletic trainer, finished his master’s degree and, as a member of a research steam, studied high school athletic injuries. Since then, he has served as head of the athletic training program, finished his doctorate and is now assistant professor of kinesiology in the school of health, physical education and recreation at Indiana University. He also coordinates the university’s post-certification graduate athletic training education programs. A prolific speaker, writer and instructor, Schrader has been granted many awards. They include the NATA Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator, the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Athletic Trainer of the Year, the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, the Bill Chisolm Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee Professional Service Award, and the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Dr. Schrader was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1998.
Paul Spear earned his bachelor’s degree from Marietta College and his master’s degree in physiology from Ball State University. He has been a professor emeritus of sports medicine at Marietta College and an assistant professor of nursing at the Ohio University College of Education. A speaker, a presenter and an author, he developed and implemented the first NATA approved major in sports medicine at Marietta College.
Carl Krein received his master's in Physical Education from the University of Connecticut, his bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg State University, and a certificate in Physical Therapy from Ohio State University. After serving as the head athletic trainer at SUNY-Potsdam, Mr. Krein was the head athletic trainer at Central Connecticut State University from 1966 to 1996. During his tenure as a certified athletic trainer, Mr. Krein served as the president of the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association and as a member of the Board of Certification, NATA Professional Education Committee, and the NATA Board of Directors. While on the BOD, Mr. Krein chaired the International Task Force and continues to serve as the NATA liaison to the Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Mr. Krein was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2001.
Dr. Robert Behnke attained his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in 1962. He received his Masters and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University in 1965 and 1974, respectively. Behnke's long career in athletic training has taken him from an assistant student athletic trainer position at the University of Illinois to Head Trainer and Full Professor at Indiana State University. Along the way, he has held numerous teaching and athletic training positions throughout the Indiana and Illinois area. His extensive list of honors includes the NATA Educator of the Year in 1987, the Illinois Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame in 1987 and the NATA Service Award in 1989. Dr. Behnke was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1990.
Dr. Joe Gieck is director of sports medicine, professor in human services, and professor of clinical orthopædic surgery at the University of Virginia. He was curriculum director of the University of Virginia's master's program in athletic training for 11 years and received the National Athletic Trainers Association distinguished educator of the year award in 1986 and college athletic trainer of the year award in 1979. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1993 he received the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Distinguished Service Award for Athletic Training. In 1999 the University of Virginia established the endowed Joe Gieck Professorship in Sports Medicine. He currently serves as President of the Virginia Board of Physical Therapy for the Commonwealth of Virginia, a member of the Board of Health Professions and the Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sport. Dr. Gieck was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1990.
Phillip Donley received his master's degree in health and anatomy and his bachelor's degree in physical education from West Virginia University. He also received his physical therapy certificate from D.T. Watson. After beginning his career as the chief physical therapist at Akron City Hospital, Mr. Donley because an instructor and assistant athletic trainer at his alma mater, West Virginia University. He then was a Professor of Physical Education, Health, and Athletic Training at West Chester University from 1965 to 1991. Following his "retirement" from West Chester, Mr. Donley has remained active in private practice, consulting, and his first love, teaching. In 1973 Mr. Donley was responsible for developing the first site visitation guidelines for the NATA Approval process and served on the first NATA Professional Education Committee from 1970 to 1982. Mr. Donley was also responsible for many other "firsts" during his distinguished career, including hiring the first female athletic trainer/faculty, instituting the first co-educational athletic training services program in Pennsylvania, and developing the first co-educational NATA approved athletic training program. In addition to several institutional honors and awards, Mr. Donley's efforts have been recognized by receiving the EATA Cramer Award as the outstanding athletic trainer in Districts I and II and being inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame and the West Virginia University School of Physical Education Hall of Fame. Mr. Donley was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1991.
William E. “Pinky” Newell, PT, ATC
Often described as the father of modern athletic training, William “Pinky” Newell provided the foundation for what has become the athletic training profession. As a Purdue center, the Enid, Okla., native became known as “Pinky” because of his ruddy complexion. Soon, he finished his bachelor’s degree in physical education, served in World War II and then earned a certificate in physical therapy from Stanford. He began working as an athletic trainer with Washington State University in 1948 and then accepted the head athletic trainer position at Purdue, where he served as both head athletic trainer and physical therapist until 1977. He continued to work as head physical therapist there until he retired in 1984. Former NATA president, Denny Miller, ATC, PT, remembered, “One of the highlights of his career was when the American Medical Association recognized NATA as a professional association in 1967.” Recognition by the AMA was a project Newell had pursued for years. The achievement brought the NATA into the arena with other medical professionals. On Oct. 13, 1984, the association mourned the loss of William E. “Pinky” Newell. But his legend will continue to live, as thousands of NATA members continue their pursuit of professional excellence. Mr. Newell was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1972.
Dr. Sayers "Bud" Miller, after whom the award is named, was the driving force behind the development of professional athletic training education. He served as the chairman of the NATA Professional Education Committee from its inception in 1968, through 1980. He was a prolific writer, researcher and lecturer in the field of athletic training. Miller received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Physical Education from Purdue University and his certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a doctorate degree in Education at Stanford University. Dr. Miller was the head athletic trainer at Morehead State College (1957-1958), Ball State University (1958-1969) and the University of Washington (1969-1974). He served as the director of the athletic training curriculum and as the head basketball athletic trainer at The Pennsylvania State University from 1974 until his death in 1980. Bud was also selected as an athletic trainer for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. Dr. Miller was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1980.