NATA Announces New Executive Director

The Dallas-based National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) has named a new executive director. David Saddler, who has served as interim executive director after the recent retirement of long-time Executive Director Eve Becker-Doyle, CAE, assumes the role effective immediately.

Saddler has been a senior executive on the NATA staff for three years. Previously he served as Associate Executive Director, Programs and Services, where he oversaw departments and activities internal to NATA.

Saddler is an association management veteran with more than 20 years of experience. He has served in executive leadership positions for organizations serving the transportation and electronic security industries. He has managed all facets of associations, from finance to public affairs.

“I am honored to be selected by the NATA executive director search committee to serve this great association and profession. My time at NATA has been very rewarding,” said Saddler. “My approach is not to think about replacing Eve Becker-Doyle, who in her time as the executive director meant so much to NATA and the profession. What I will do is make sure we honor those contributions and plan to build upon those and seek to leverage opportunities and solve challenges.

“NATA has many things going for it and is extremely well-positioned for the future. Three things that come to mind are an engaged and interested membership, great leadership at many levels, from the NATA board and committees, to the district and state leadership, and lastly, a very talented and motivated staff,” he continued.

Upon the retirement of Becker-Doyle, NATA began the search process. The NATA Board of Directors established a search committee, chaired by Past President Chuck Kimmel, LAT, ATC, and comprised of past presidents Marje Albohm, MS, ATC, and Julie Max, M.Ed., ATC, President Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, Vice President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC , Treasurer Paul Ullucci, DSc, ATC, PT, SCS, and at-large board member Kathy Dieringer, EdD, ATC, LAT. The process included resume reviews, phone interviews of a narrowed pool of candidates, and face-to-face interviews of two finalists. After deliberations, the committee made its recommendation which was endorsed by the full NATA Board of Directors.

Saddler earned his BA from La Salle University in Philadelphia and is currently pursuing the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. Saddler resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife Claudia and teenage sons Brandon and Kyle.

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