Tim Kerin Award for Excellence

Tim Kerin Award

The annual Tim Kerin Award for Excellence celebrates the memory of Tim Kerin and supports the profession of athletic training. Symbolized with a three-leaf clover, the honor is given to an athletic trainer who embodies Tim Kerin’s finest qualities: service, dedication and integrity. Starting in 2016, Gatorade is expanding the legacy of this distinguished honor by holding an open call for nominations.



  • Active certified Athletic Trainer and a current member of NATA
  • NPI #
  • BOC certified
  • Previously or currently works as a full-time athletic trainer (in any health care setting) for at least 10 years
  • Currently holds or has held a leadership position within NATA at the National or District level
  • Individuals cannot self-nominate


Nominations will be accepted from August 1 – October 1.


What this Award Means to Former Recipients

“I am very thrilled to hold the Tim Kerin Award close to my heart.”
Ronnie Barnes, New York Giants, New York, NY - 1998 Tim Kerin Award for Excellence Recipient


“To me, the Tim Kerin Award stands for service, unselfish service. That’s what Tim Kerin was all about”
Marje Albohm, Former NATA President - 1997 Tim Kerin Award for Excellence Recipient


View video clips of former award winners.


About Tim Kerin

Tim Kerin is remembered by many for his distinguished career as well as his service to his community, university and profession. He served as the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Tennessee for 15 years until his sudden death from an aortic aneurysm in August, 1992.

Tim Kerin served on the NATA Program and Convention Committees from 1979-1991, was a founding member of Knoxville’s Metropolitan Drug Commission, for which he served as president from 1987-1989, and chaired the SEATA Awards Committee from 1988-1992. He received a Chancellor’s Citation from the University of Tennessee in 1990, and the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association Award of Merit in 1992.

In 1993, Kerin was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. Later that year the University of Tennessee officially dedicated “The Tim Kerin Training Room” in his honor and memory. In 2001, Tim Kerin’s memory was again honored when he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.