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Mr. Rick Burkholder is a second generation athletic trainer from Carlisle, PA, whose father Richard Burkholder was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2000. Rick completed his Bachelor Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987 and two years later he completed his Master of Science in Exercise and Sports Medicine from the University of Arizona. Rick was thrilled to return to Pennsylvania after graduate school in 1990 and joined the athletic training staff at the University of Pittsburgh as a clinical instructor/athletic trainer. His exposure to teaching students, the future of our profession, has led to Rick's professional responsibility of increasing exposure to the profession and mentoring the youth.
For the past 26 years Rick has been a leader, researcher, innovator, and mentor while working the NFL sidelines. In 1993, Mr. Burkholder would get his start in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and experience the mentoring of the Head Athletic Trainer and 2015 Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame inductee John Norwig. Six years later, in 1999 Rick would become the Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles and would start a seventeen year relationship with head coach Andy Reid. Rick and his Philadelphia Eagle staff received The Athletic Training Staff of the Year award by the Ed Block Courage Foundation in 2010. Following head coach Andy Reid, Rick relocated his family to Kansas City and become the Head Athletic Trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Also that year, Rick was named the President of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society. A few of his key initiatives as President are the "Athletic Trainer" nomenclature awareness, relationship building, and enhancing gender equity in NFL Athletic Trainers.
Rick has published over 40 research articles and papers on a plethora of sports medicine
topics. Much of his research has changed the way health care providers treat concussion
and dehydration in athletes. He has presented at the local, state, and national level for the
National Athletic Trainers' Association among other associations and organizations. Rick is
one of our Society's most engaging speakers. At every press conference, Rick takes the lead
in promoting and increasing awareness of our profession. Rick has had the opportunity to
present the David. G. Moyer Lecture for PATS on two separate occasions. Rick has had the very best foundation in life with his father and Rick demonstrates the same high character, positive attitude, and love of his family and our profession.
Rick resides in Kansas City with his wife Kristin and daughters Quinn 15 and Carly 12.
Pennsylvania may not be the birth place of James L. Thornton, MA, ATC, LAT, PES, CES, but his dedication to the advancement of Athletic Training and Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth, District Two and nationally is rivaled by few others. After completing his undergraduate studies at Utah State University and his masters work at the University of the Pacific, Jim "Thunder" Thornton came to work at Clarion University in 1990 and was appointment a distance education faculty member with California University of PA in 1999.
Jim embraced his Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) collaborations and became one of the nationally recognized experts in health care for wrestlers. When chairing the NCAA Athletic Trainer Task Force from 1997-2006 and then later serving as the Athletic Training Liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee, Jim contributed to the creation of health and safety rules related to safe weight management practices, and the prevention and treatment of common skin infections. He also helped to create several health and safety publications, instructional videos, and practice standards that have been distributed and shared widely by USA Wrestling. In addition to sharing his over thirty years of clinical expertise with health issues in wrestling, Mr. Thornton recently co-authored four different peer-reviewed publications on liability in sports medicine and the role of athletic trainers. Jim's clinical expertise and contributions at the collegiate level were recognized in 2008 when he received the NATA College and University Committee's Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year recognition.
The collegial relationships that James Thornton built as a clinician and the passion with which he served the profession of Athletic Training moved him quickly from being a soldier of Athletic Training in Pennsylvania and the PSAC to becoming a leader in District Two of the NATA. Representing Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, Jim headed out on a new leadership path as the District Two Secretary under D2 Director and PATS and NATA Hall of Famer, Joe Iezzi.
Jim's leadership and potential for further successes at the national level were recognized by the NATA when he was named Chair of the NATA's District Secretary/Treasurer Committee, serving from 2000-2004. The experiences that he gained from that position prepared Jim to take on his next leadership position as District Two Representative to the NATA Board of Directors. Jim again applied himself to this new opportunity, quickly becoming a trusted and recognized leader having served as a member of the NATA's Political Action Committee Board, NATA REF Capital Campaign Board Solicitation Team, Chief Executive Officer Contract Review Team, Vice-President of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the NATA Strategic Implementation Team. His excellence and leadership positioned Jim to be recognized by his athletic training peers with several state and national awards, including the PATS Service Award, EATA Cramer Award. and in 2015, the NATA's Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.
For many, these achievements would have been a pinnacle of their successes; however, that was not the case for Mr. Thornton. These achievements only served to fuel Jim's desire to give back to the profession of Athletic Training even further, culminating in his election as President of the National Athletic Trainers' Association. During Jim's leadership as NATA President from 2012-2015, the NATA marked a time of unrivaled progress and recognition of Athletic Training in the ever-expanding and competitive health care arena. He was well respected and admired by his colleagues, his peers. administrators of other national organizations, and legislators. Jim Thornton has made a difference for Athletic Trainers in Pennsylvania, across the United States and on an international level. Through all that he has given back to the profession, and how he has represented all of his colleagues and friends in Pennsylvania and District Two so admirably, James L. Thornton is recognized as many things to many different people - leader, teacher, outstanding clinician, and visionary, but most importantly as loving husband of Bridget Gates Thornton, who is also an Athletic Trainer, and their three daughters, Matti, Maci and Maya. Athletic Trainers in Pennsylvania and across the United States have benefitted greatly from the unselfish contributions that Jim Thornton has made to the advancement of the profession.
Dr. West comes to us from West Long Branch New Jersey, where he
graduated from Shore Regional High School in 1986. Over the course of eight
years, Thomas was able to complete his academic and athletic training preparation.
In 1990, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Health Education with an Athletic
Training Option at The Penn State University and became a BOC certified and PA certified athletic trainer in 1990. In 1992, he completed a Master of Science degree in Physical Education with an Athletic Training Specialization at West Virginia University. Most recently, Dr. West earned his Doctoral degree in Kinesiology from The Penn State University in 1998.
Dr. West is well known by all as a very personable athletic trainer with a great passion for our profession and for athletic training education. Analyzing Tom's career closely, you realize that he followed in the footsteps of two other Pennsylvania Hall of Fame athletic trainer- educators, David Tomasi (Lock Haven University) and Bill Biddington (University of California-PA). Like Tomasi and Biddington, Tom found his niche in the college setting at Lock Haven and California-PA and he optimized his abilities as practitioner, educator, mentor, clinical instructor, administrator and professional volunteer.
If asked, Dr. West would reluctantly describe his many state volunteer activities with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. For example, Tom served as the PATS clinical symposium education program director and convention chair when it set attendance records in Harrisburg. He served on the PATS Board as President during our transition from Certification to Licensure and was responsible for the transition to our present lobbyists Former Lieutenant Governor Mark Singel, Peg Callahan, and Angie Armbrust of the Winter Group. In addition to his leadership and committee involvement as President Elect and Past President, Tom has earned the NATA Service Award and the PATS Distinguished Merit Award.
Academically, Tom has produced a variety of publications, oral and poster
presentations, published abstracts, research grants, selected invited presentations and textbooks reviews. He has served on a wide variety of rofessional committees
Including the CAATE Site Visit Chair and Member, the Joint ECE/CAATE/PPEC
Task Force, the NATA Convention Proposal Revision Committee, and the NATA Research and Education Foundation. Tom continues to speak at state, regional, and national meetings about the utilization of technology in education to promote the athletic training profession.
Finally, Dr. West would quickly point out that his greatest achievement and impact on athletic training is the impact his teaching, mentoring, and education has had on Lock Haven and California Universities' undergraduate and graduate students who impact our profession positively and, like him, give back by practicing athletic training and serving state, district and national professional organizations.
Tom resides in Belle Vernon, PA with his wife Ellen and three children, Tucker 16, Sam 13, and Grace 8.
After earning his degree from his beloved University of Michigan in 1980,AJ enrolled at the University of Arizona and graduated one year later with a Master of Science Degree. A.J. Duffy quickly made his way to Pennsylvania for an assistant athletic trainer's position at Temple University and shortly thereafter in 1984 earned a Certificate of Proficiency in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University. His current roles include serving as an Athletic Trainer, a Physical Therapist, an adjunct professor, and loves to serve the profession of which he has so much pride.
Mr. Duffy has taught students in both athletic training and physical therapy education curricula at the University of Michigan, Temple, Widener, Hahnemann and Wayne State Universities. A.J has also practiced as a clinical athletic trainer assuming many roles over the years. He was the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Temple University (1981-1983), Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist at The University of Michigan (1984-1990) and then went to Widener University in 1990 as the Head Athletic Trainer/ Physical Therapist, where he remains today.
A.J. has always been proud to be an Athletic Trainer and to promote this profession. From the time he came back to Pennsylvania he became active in the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. AJ has served on the Education Committee (1991-1993), was elected Secretary for two terms from 1993-1997, and from 2000 -2002 chaired the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame Committee. This committee inducted the first PATS HOF Cl ass and established the first criteria for their consideration. Mr. Duffy has served not only the PATS, EATA and NATA District II but also works in his community and local campus activities. Some of A.J.'s achievements include serving as the President of both PATS and EATA, as well as the Director of NATA District 2.
He was voted the NATA"Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award" in 2001, the 2003 EATA Cramer Award winner, the 2005 Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress Ted Quedenfeld Award recipient, the 2007 Donald Grover Award by the EACA and was the 20II NCAA Division III Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. Most recently in 2013, AJ received the PATS Distinguished Merit Award.
AJ has had the honor of presenting on various topics at the local, regional and national levels. He presented at the NATA Convention in 2000 on "The Treatment of the HIV Athlete"and in 2003 on "Chest Pains in Football Players." At the 2012 EATA Convention and PATS Symposium, AJ educated attendees about "The Transgendered Athlete in Collegiate Sports".
AJ Duffy has served in many leadership positions in PATS. He has increased the productivity of our organization by streamlining our policies and procedures and made our Commonwealth better with his thought provoking and influential ideas. AJ always has the organization that he serves at the top of his priority list. We thank him for his work as an Athletic Trainer, a Physical Therapist, a teacher and a leader. He is recognized as a, "go to, do it" leader at all the levels of the athletic training profession.
AJ is also very active in his community. He has served on the Board of Directors of Voices for Children. He is a member of the Citizens 4rn of July Association of Norwood, PA, served as a member of the Interboro Education Association and as the Medical Coordinator for the Head Strong Foundation that sponsors a Lacrosse Game to raise money for Blood Cancer Research. AJ serves as the Coordinator of MAC ATaCk on Hunger, a coordinated effort by all the ATs in the Middle Atlantic Conference to collect food or money for local food banks.
AJ has been married to Monica for 27 years. They are empty nesters, both of their children having graduated from college: A. Joseph IV, from Michigan State University and Connor Gabriel, from Catholic University.
A good friend writes of AJ, "that he is totally unselfish and puts his whole heart and soul into making Pennsylvania and the Athletic Training profession number one." AJ we thank you for your hard work and devotion to our profession, especially in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is our honor and pleasure to welcome Mr. A.J. Duffy to the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame, Class o f2015.
To some, Mr. John Norwig is "living the dream." lie was raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania, attended Southwestern High School and then attended The Pennsylvania State University where he earned both his Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education and Master 's Degree in Health Education. His mentors and instructors, including Bud Miller and Lindsey McLane, ignited a spark in him to become an Athletic Trainer. He graduated from Penn State University (1979) and assumed the position of Head Athletic Trainer at nearby Bellefonte High School. During the next five years he returned to Penn State University as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.
In the summer of 1984, John served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the San Francisco 49er's Football Club during training camp. John was gaining experience at many levels and in 1985 he assumed the role as the Head Athletic Trainer for Vanderbilt University until 1991, before returning to Pennsylvania and the position of Head Athletic Trainer for the Pittsburgh Steelers Football Club, a position that he still holds today.
John has been involved in the NATA and in PATS over the years serving as PATS Public Relation Committee Chair (1993-96) and on the NATA Education Council Continuing Education subcommittee. He was also part of the 1990 Role Delineation Study. John has represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania well as President of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Norwig has spearheaded communications with the NATA, Board of Directors, the contribution fund for eight NATA scholarships, the "Heads Up Program", and developing funds for high school athletic trainers for secondary schools in the NFL cities.
Under John's direction and leadership, the Pittsburgh Steelers was the first NFL Franchise to hire a full-time female Athletic Trainer on their staff.
John believes that as Athletic Trainers at the professional level improve the care they provide, these advancements will trickle down to younger levels of athletics. He has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally about many topics, mostly with the core theme of safety and protection of our athletes. He has often presented at PATS and the NATA conventions as well as locally in the community. He feels most comfortable and proud when he is speaking to Athletic Training students at nearby Duquesne University, Pittsburgh University, and Penn State University.
John was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2007 and, in the same year, his staff was awarded the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year. In 2011, John was honored by his alma mater, Penn State University, as an Alumni fellow. Mr. Norwig is also one of a few Athletic Trainers that are Affiliate Members of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Earlier this year he was honored by the National Football Physician's Society with the "Cain-Fain Award". This award is given to The National Football League Athletic Trainer of the Year.
John and his wife Emily have been married for 28 years and they have three children: Erin, 22; Nicholas, 19; and Luke, 16. Any time that John gets, he spends with his family and wishes he always had more. It is with great pleasure that we congratulate and welcome Mr. John Norwig to the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.
Glen L. (Larry) Cooper, also known as "Coop," is a product of Western Pennsylvania parenting, education and athletics. He grew up in Greenville, P A where he excelled in school and as a wrestler. Larry started his academic career at Thiel College where he wrestled and majored in Business Administration. It did not take him long to realize that what he really wanted to do was be more active and involved with sports and guiding young people. He transferred to the University of Pittsburgh and in 1984; he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Education Degree with a specialization in Athletic Training.
Coop spent his initial teaching years in Virginia at three different schools, teaching health classes, physical education and adapted physical education while working as an athletic trainer. In these roles he developed a student athletic training program, worked on curriculum development and a pilot elementary health class. He worked with other AT's to develop policies both locally and regionally to safeguard all student athletes.
During this time Larry solidified the fact that his future was in the secondary schools as a teacher and athletic trainer. He came back to Pennsylvania and has been at Penn-Trafford High School for the last 23 years. He is devoted to the profession and "loves" being an athletic trainer. Coop relishes being a mentor to many students over the years who have gone on to become involved in health care as AT's, PT's, PTA's, PA's and Orthopedic Surgeons.
Coop has been active in the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society PATS at the Executive Board level serving as both the Southwestern Representative and Parliamentarian. At the Committee level, Larry has either served as a member or a Chair of PATS , Membership, Long Range Planning and Secondary School Committees. Annually he holds Weight Assessor workshops for newly licensed Athletic Trainers within the Commonwealth. He is also a founding member of the WPIAL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
At the National level, Larry has served both as the District 2 Representative and the Chair of the Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee, an Advisory Member to the NATA Appropriate Medical Care for Secondary School-Age Athletes Task Force, serves on the National Federation of High School State Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, a contributing writer of the NATA Position Statement of Fluid Replacement for the Physically Active, a contributing writer for the NATA Interassociation Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in High School Sports paper and the NFHS Sports Medicine Handbook and served as a committee chair of the NATA Inter-Association Consensus Statement of Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools and Colleges.
Larry has presented numerous times at the NATA conferences, EAT A conventions, and at the PATS symposiums. He is a recipient of the 2003 Micro-Bio Medics Award; The Pride Award for Excellence in Teaching 1997, the 2008 Teaming with PRIDE Award for Sports Medicine Department Excellence, PATS 2005 Service Award, and PATS 2011 Distinguished Merit Award and in 2013 Penn-Trafford High School was the recipient of the NATA Safe Sports Award, the first recipient school in Pennsylvania.
Larry and his wife Lisa have been married for 29 years and have three daughters, Sara, Molly and Delaney. Coop is proud ofthe fact that all three are entering the teaching profession.
Mr. Joseph Donolli epitomizes family, sacrifice, tolerance, and a genuine concern for those around him. He has been a loyal advocate and distinguished servant for his country with the United States Army, the profession of Athletic Training, and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS). Joe was raised on Long Island, New York before moving to Pennsylvania. He played football and graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1966. In 1967, he completed a Master Degree in Therapeutic Physical Education at Temple University.
While his active duty service in the US Army ended in 1970, Mr. Donolli immediately enlisted in the PA Army National Guard and served admirably until his retirement 25 years later, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has been awarded many military merit awards during this time including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Additionally in 1970, after Mr. Donolli returned from Vietnam, he began working as an Athletic Trainer at Millersville University. In 1971 he was hired at Gettysburg College to fill many roles including: the Assistant Athletic Trainer, an Associate Professor of Kinesiology, a Student Advisor, the Head Lacrosse Coach, and an Assistant Wrestling Coach.
In 1988, after 16 years, Mr. Donolli stepped down as Head Lacrosse Coach to become only the 3rd Head Athletic Trainer in Gettysburg College history. His predecessors were Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame members, Romeo Capozzi and Gareth "Lefty" Biser. This is truly quite remarkable as the position, was established in 1927 and now includes three Hall of Fame Members.
In 2010, Mr. Donolli stepped down as Head Athletic Training to once again be an assistant and officially retired from Gettysburg College in 2013.
While the consummate Athletic Trainer, Mr. Donolli helped in the building of an extensive, well respected and effective Athletic Training Internship Curriculum program within Gettysburg's Liberal Arts College which promoted, encouraged, mentored and taught students in the field of athletic training. In the mid 1990' s Gettysburg had as many as 32 aspiring athletic training students studying athletic training via the internship route. Mr. Donolli is an excellent example of what an athletic trainer should be, hosting many events, educating students, providing great care to his student-athletes, and advocating for the profession he cared for deeply. He was recognized and inducted into the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in September of2013.
Additionally, Mr. Donolli has served PATS in several capacities including professional presentations and attendance at important legislative meetings on behalf of PATS in Harrisburg. Mr. Donolli was the Facilities Coordinator for the Convention Committee and Chaired the Convention Committee from 1999-2001. Since 2002, he serves as Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee,
Mr. Donolli has worked with U.S. Olympic athletes and volunteered as an Athletic Trainer for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics at the Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. Senior Olympics held at the University of Pittsburgh. He continues to be active in the American Heart Association as an instructor, where he continues to teach various CPR and First Aid classes in the community.
Serving is clearly important to Mr. Donolli as he is also an extremely active member of the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church. He serves the church in many ways including as a Junior and Senior Warden of the Vestry, helping with the Decorating Committee, Pancake Day, the Silent Auction, and the Bazaar as well as serving as an Usher.
Mr. Donolli has been married to Olive Kathryn Donolli for over 40 wonderful years always striving to find the appropriate work-life balance. They have three beautiful daughters, Jacqueline, Danielle, and Stephanie.
"A man for all settings," Gary Hanna is "all Pennsylvania" as he was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania and has throughout his career developed a reputation of a caring, hardworking, family man with a high respect for diversity. Gary started his college career by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended the West Chester summer athletic training program which led to his athletic training certification in 1978. Since completing his Bachelor Degree, Gary has earned two Master Degrees, one from California University of Pennsylvania, and the other from the United States Sports Academy. Being a life time leamer, he is currently working on his Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania..
Upon completion of the Master degree he accepted an assignment in Manama, Bahrain where he and a medical group established and constructed a sports medicine outpatient care clinic for the National athletes of Bahrain. In 1983 Gary began his United States Olympic athletic training experience in the Colorado Springs Training Center, the National Sports Festival in Baton Rouge in 1985 and the US Olympic Festival in Durham North Carolina in 1987. His Olympic career highlight was to serve on the medical staff at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Soul Korea. Gary will tell you that these experiences opened his eyes to diversity, how to communicate with diverse athletic populations and how to treat them individually.
Meanwhile, Gary worked at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, from 1981 to 1987 and then went to a clinic in Youngstown and a hospital in Warren, Ohio, where he at that time pioneered an outreach program for the local High Schools and athletes.
In 1990, Gary joined the Edinboro University Athletic Training staff as Associate Athletic Trainer. In 2004 he was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer and still serves in that position. Gary is held in very high regard by members of the athletic department, the faculty, and administration at Edinboro University, as well as the members of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer's Society and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference because of his hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the profession.
Gary has held many leadership positions in the organization. On the Executive Board, he has served as the President Elect, President, and Past President, Interim Treasurer, and Northwestern Representative. At the committee level, Gary has served either as a chair or member of the Membership (1995-1998), Governmental Affairs (2008 - present), Newsletter (2007 - 2012), Long Range Planning (2006-2011) and Hall of Fame (2005 -present) Committees.
At the national level he serves presently on the Convention Program Committee Annual Meeting Reviewer and the College/ University Committee, as well as previously serving on the NATA District Two Executive Committee (2002-2004). In 2011, Gary was awarded the PATS Distinguished Merit Award.
Gary was an outstanding high school and college wrestler and served on the NCAA Wrestling Task Force on Weight Management, 1998-2001. He is looked at as the "fountain head" of wrestling rules and regulations pertaining to athlete care and injury prevention.
Gary is married to his wife Marsha for 34 years and has six children Benjamin, Jared, Corey, Evan, Chad and Angela. Gary is a proud dad and husband.
Upon completing the rigorous curriculum program forged by David Tomasi at Lock Haven State College in 1983, Linda immediately entered the teaching profession. She taught at Shade Central City High School and then Bellefonte High School where she also was the Head Athletic Trainer. In 1986, the opportunity to return home to Somerset County occurred. Linda is alum from Shanksville-Stonycreek High School. Under the advisement of PATS HOF member, Mr. Willie Myers, Linda was hired as the very first paid Athletic Trainer/teacher at Somerset High School. Linda served the Somerset students and student-athletes for the next 6 years. During this time, she earned her Master’s degree from West Virginia University. Her love and passion for teaching has always been a strong driving force in life.
Hearing the call to mentor college students, Linda chose to make a life changing professional decision by joining the Duquesne University family. She, under the leadership of Dr. Paula Turocy, and colleagues Barry McGlumphy and Michael Higgins were the founding faculty members who created Duquesne’s athletic training education program in 1992. For the next 14 years, Linda taught and mentored athletic training students who, in turn, continued further to make a positive impact in the AT profession. During Linda’s tenure at Duquesne, she completed her Doctorate in Education and earned the rank of Associate Professor. Her interests, publications and professional presentations evolve around leadership and athletic training. California University of Pennsylvania and Barry McGlumphy asked Linda to design leadership courses for his newly created online graduate degree program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. In 2006, she accepted a faculty position at Cal U to teach leadership and other exercise science courses in their highly successful online graduate degree program. She holds the rank of Full Professor at Cal U and teaches graduate students from all over the world.
Linda has earned numerous national and state level awards in service and teaching including the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Service Award and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS) Distinguished Merit Award and Service Award. Linda served PATS for many years in many ways. She has been a committee/liaison member for numerous committees and served on the Board of Directors for 6 years as Southwest Representative. Further, she was appointed by Governor Rendell to serve at the first athletic training professional member on the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (2008-2012).
One of her many passions align with Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). She has worked closely with SOPA to champion having ATs provide medical coverage for the local, state, national and international events. She was asked to serve as Team Pennsylvania and Team USA's Athletic Trainer for 5 Special Olympics World Summer and Winter Games traveling to Austria, Alaska, and points in between. Since 1991, she continually provides leadership and service to the SOPA athletes as well as mentors the countless number of AT students who volunteer to assist with medical coverage. Her legacy is that all of the many AT students with whom she has mentored during Special Olympics events will continue to serve Special Olympics across the world. Linda feels her greatest accomplishment is teaching and mentoring the many students and professionals with whom she has interacted.
Linda’s community service includes serving on the Board of Directors for the FRIENDS of Flight 93 National Memorial as well as many other local non-profit organizations.
Linda is married to Chris for the past eleven years and resides in Indian Lake, Somerset County, PA.
Julie Emrhein can be considered the consummate young professional. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lock Haven State College in1983, received her Master’s Degree from The University of Virginia in 1984 and has not looked back since. To this day, she continues to welcome new and exciting challenges in her professional career.
She started her athletic training and teaching career in 1984 working under the leadership and guidance of Bill Biddington at California University of Pennsylvania. During her two years at California; Bill, Bruce Barnhart and Julie created and designed the university’s graduate program in athletic training. In 1986, she had the opportunity to return closer to her home in south central Pennsylvania. For the next 22 years, Julie would serve as the assistant and head athletic trainer, faculty member and Senior Woman Administrator at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, PA. With her colleagues, Bob Shank and Janelle Nolt, they worked together to provide medical care to Dickinson’s 23 intercollegiate athletic teams. Julie’s passion for caring for the Dickinson College student-athletes and work study student employees was evident by all those who worked with her. She also had the opportunity to mentor and guide student interns from Messiah College during their fall semester football rotations. It was during these years at Dickinson College where she also had the opportunity to work three pre-seasons and one full season with the Washington Redskins (being one of the first women to work the sidelines with a NFL team).
In 2008, Julie returned to California University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in their online program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion, while also working on her doctorate degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
In 2012, she ventured into the corporate area of athletic training where she is now a clinical supervisor of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training for Wellspan Health in York, PA. She is currently in the dissertation phase of her PhD. In addition; she continues to teach online undergraduate and graduate courses part-time for California University of Pennsylvania.
She has served the profession of Athletic Training her entire professional career. First and foremost, in her Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, six years as President Elect, President and Past President of PATS. She served from 1991-1997 on the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy. At the national level, she served two appointments to the Athletic Training Board of Certification (BOC), from 1998-2002. She is currently serving and chairing several national, district and PATS committees.
Julie is very active in her church and local community, particularly supporting her daughter in her field hockey career. Dr. Paula Turocy, a Pennsylvania Athletic Training HOF Member, says, "I have had the honor of knowing Ms. Emrhein both personally and professionally for over twenty-six years. During that time, Julie has successfully balanced her many responsibilities of being a wife, mother, health care professional, educator, administrator and effective leader in Athletic Training, and we here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have benefitted greatly from her contributions."
Julie received the PATS Service Award in 2004 as well as the Charles E. "Chuck" Medlar Service Award in 2010.
Julie has been married to her husband, Dave for twenty-three years and they have one daughter, Marleise who is a sophomore at Warwick High School and a three sport athlete like her mom. They reside in a Lititz, PA.
David Tomasi, how influential can you be to have three Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame inductees in the same year from Lock Haven University? Barry forged his own path by graduating from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and then receiving a Master Degree from University of Arizona in 1989. There he studied under Gary Delforge, while serving as Head Athletic Trainer at Salpointe Catholic High School, in Tucson, Arizona. In 1989, Barry returned to Pennsylvania to work with Mark Keppler in the Athletic Training Department at Bucknell University; Arizona’s loss is Pennsylvania’s gain.
Barry then joined Paula Turocy and Linda Meyer at Duquesne University in creating their Athletic Training Major within the John G. Rango School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University. He served nine years on the faculty at Duquesne and then one year at Carnegie Mellon University on a special project for the Federal Government, developing technology based applications related to Health and Wellness Assessment and Instruction. His interest in emerging technology in the computer field and his firm background in athletic training education influenced the rest of his professional career. Through his prolific publications and presentations and his aspirations and experiences with the merging of technology and the health care/ athletic training model, he was asked, by Dr. Bill Biddington, to join the faculty of California University of Pennsylvania. Since 2002, Barry has been a Professor and the Program Director of the Graduate Program for Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He developed and implemented a 30 credit online, accelerated Master of Science Degree. Barry received his Doctorate Degree (2008) from University of Pittsburgh in Instructional Design and Technology.
From 1994-2000 Barry served as the Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Board of Directors. He served as Chair of the Legislative Committee 1996-2004 and led the efforts to rewrite the Athletic Training Practice Act that would eventually lead to Licensure of Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. His efforts assisted Presidents Paula Turocy, Joe Iezzi, John Hauth, Steve Heckler and countless others who spent many hours and years getting this initiative through the legislature.
Barry has received the NATA Governmental Affairs Award (2003), the NATA Distinguished Service Award (2006), the NATA District 2 Service Award (2006), the EATA Service Award (2006), and the PATS 2000 Service Award. Barry also received the NATA Technology Innovation Award in 2006. For his hard work and dedication to the profession of Athletic Training and Instructional Technology he has been recognized numerous times and athletic trainers in the State of Pennsylvania are grateful to him for his work on our behalf.
Barry is married to Jami for 21 years and has a daughter, Reilly, 15 and a son Cole, 12.
Paul Slocum's roots are in Sutton, Massachusetts, a small rural town, where his interest in Athletic Training was nurtured by a caring basketball coach and a neighboring college athletic trainer at Holy Cross University, Bill Samko (NATA, Hall of Famer 1986). By this time Paul was a graduate of the Cramer Company's Student Athletic Training correspondence course.
Slocum completed his undergraduate degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Physical Education, at Dakota Wesleyan University (1971). During his undergraduate preparation he continued to work as an athletic training student under his Team Physician, Dr. Jack Berry. A Physical Therapist, Neil Meyers often came to the university and treated the athletes. Meyers picked up on Slocum's interest in "helping athletes get better" and suggested that he con¬tinue his studies by enrolling in physical therapy (PT) school. Slocum completed a Graduate Physical Therapy Certificate Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. During that time his interest in athletic training was increased when he was befriended by Don Frey, Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Pennsylvania.
A characteristic of Slocum's professional life is that he is a "Maximizer". He often did somewhat related jobs at the same time.
In high school, he was a team manager/student athletic trainer; in college, a student athletic trainer/official; then an athletic trainer/physical therapist. He was the Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist at Bloomsburg University from 1972-1983. He soon realized that he was involved in a professional setting with very little professional organization or unity at the state level.
Slocum became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1975. He attended the NATA and EATA meetings and through talks with prominent Athletic Trainers such as Dave Tomasi, Fran Sheridan, Mark Keppler, Hal Biggs, Ted Quedenfeld, Otho Davis and others he became a very proactive NATA member. He was part of a group that met in July 1976 at the NATA Annual meeting that voted to form the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. In the late 70's and early 80's Paul served as PATS Chair of the Licensure Committee, PATS Eastern Regional Representative and eventually PATS President. Paul states, "It was an exciting, exasperating and worthwhile endeavor. He is indebted to Dave Tomasi and Hal Biggs, two close friends, who provided insight and wise counsel. Also, to Joe Godek, who was tenacious in the fight for licensure, gaining the respect from challengers to licensure for athletic trainers and building the bridge between athletic trainers and physical therapists."
Slocum was the recipient of the EATA Cramer Products Award for Service to Athletic Training in 1981, the PATS Distinguished Merit Award in 1990, and PATS Moose Detty Award in 1996. He has worked with the Keystone Games and the Pennsylvania Senior Games in various roles during the years 1987 -2006.
Later in his career in various Physical Therapy settings he has championed athletic training to support the development of Outreach Programs for local and surrounding high school schools. Paul and his wife Millie have been married for 34 years and they have one son, Greg, 29, who resides in San Francisco, California.
The Honorable Senator Robert (Tommy) Tomlinson
2012 Hall of Fame Inductee The Honorable Senator Robert (Tommy) Tomlinson Today is a culmination of a celebration that began six months ago when Governor Corbett signed our professional Licensure bill into law in December 2011. Senator Robert "Tommy" Tomlinson was our principle legislative supporter for the previous 2001 Bill (signed by then-Governor Mark Schweiker) that transferred athletic trainer regulation from the Physical Therapy Board to the State Medical Boards where we reside today. A decade later, Senator Tomlinson's expertise and unwavering support was instrumental for the passage of our 2011 Licensure Bill.
Senator Tomlinson is an effective public servant. He has been working with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society since he served in the House from 1991-94 in our quest for recognition and status as a licensed health care profession. Later as Senator from District 6, from 1995 to the present, with his expertise and unwavering support, we have accomplished that goal.
Senator Tomlinson started his political career as a community leader, serving as president of the Bensalem School Board, on the St. Mary Medical Advisory Board. He is a member of the West Chester University Council of Trustees. In the Senate, he serves as Vice Chair on the Senate Appropriations Committee; Chair of the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee; Community Economic and Recreation Development Committee; Education Committee; Transportation Committee; and Veterans Affairs, Emergency Preparedness Committee.
A native of Bensalem, Senator Tomlinson was an outstanding athlete and took his academic and athletic talent to West Chester State College graduating with a Bachelors Degree in 1970. As a Golden Ram student athlete, he was a member of the State Conference Championship football teams in 1967 and 1969. The 1967 Team went on to play in the Tangerine Bowl in Florida and he captained the 1969 team. While playing football at West Chester, Tommy was injured and subsequently cared for by another Hall of Famer named Phil Donley. This early experience would cement Tommy's opinion and impressions of Athletic Trainers in the future. Mr. Donley's knowledge and willingness to go the extra step to provide quality health care is something Tomlinson remembers to the present day. After his playing days ended, Tommy went to Miami Dade University in 1971 and received his Mortuary Science degree and is owner of the family business in Bensalem; The Tomlinson Funeral Home.
During our quest for legislative recognition as a health care profession, Senator Tomlinson's use of his political experience, expertise and a genuine appreciation of the services provided by athletic trainers were vital to our political success. The end result was professional Licensure.
George M. Roberts is a Titusville, Pennsylvania native, who received his Bachelor's degree from Edinboro University through an Athletic Training Intemship Program and attending the West Chester University's summer program. He became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1976. George completed his first Master's Degree from Slippery Rock University in Health Science in 1980. He received a second Master's Degree from Edinboro University in School Administration in 1990.
George's legacy may be that he was a "serviceman." Although, during his time as a young man, he was never called to serve his country. He has always accepted the mission of his chosen profession, "to serve." Whether it be a patient in a clinic, a high school athlete, an Olympian, or a college athlete, he felt obligated to serve. He always performed to the highest standards, and his athletes appreciated his work ethic and his character.
George has always been available to serve his profession by serving on various committees and in leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. He has served as PATS Northwestern Representative, 2006-2010, and as Chair of the. Governmental Affairs committee from 2006-2010.
George was very active in the NATA, District II, and Pennsylvania. He served as an NATA Test Administrator from 1979-1999 and as Chair of the District II Governmental Affairs Committee from 1999-2008. He also chaired the Athletic Training Advisory committee to the PeOllsylvaniaB~ Physical Therapy from 1996-2002. He was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate in 2010 as the Chair to the Allied Health Professionals Committee on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. George, as an educator, has also served the NATA on the Educational Degree Task Force from 2007-2009 and as an advisor to the Ranges School of Health Sciences at Duquesne University-Athletic Training Education Committee, 1985-1999. George received the PATS Service award in 2003.
George has been a driving force behind the scenes for our legislative efforts with the NATA in Washington D.C. and PATS in Harrisburg. He was instrumental in assisting PATS with finding our current lobbyists, The Winter Group. The hiring of our current lobbyists has increased PATS presence with legislators in Harrisburg, and it has allowed PATS to be significantly involved with sports health legislation.
George was very active serving the United States Olympic teams, He was selected as an athletic trainer for four Olympic Sports Festivals; 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1987. He worked the world University Games in 1983, and he served as a Staff Athletic Trainer at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, CA and at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, Spain.
George has served Edinboro University as an Associate Professor and Head Athletic Trainer from 1985-2004. Currently, George teaches numerous skills courses at the University, in addition to Applied Human Anatomy and Physiology.
George and Penny have been married for 34 years, and they have a daughter, Kristin, son, Brian, son-in-law, Brian, and two granddaughters, Sydney, 5, and Madison, 3.
Steve Nemes was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and he later returned to the Lehigh Valley to pursue his professional goals. He is a 1973 graduate of Parkland High School, where he developed a strong interest in the medical fields. Steve initially thought dentistry was in his future. He attended Lehigh County Community College, where he met Dr. Ed Daveheiser, a professor and friend, that suggested Steve consider athletic training. Dr. Daveheiser arranged for Steve to meet with Fran Sheridan at LaFayette University. Fran directed Steve to Phil Donley at West Chester University, where he enrolled. At West Chester, although a biology education major, Steve was mentored by Phil Donley, Joe Godek, and Brad Taylor. He completed his junior year internship at Cheyney University under Joe Iezzi and his senior year under Ron Pearson at Owen Roberts High School while student teaching. Steve was obviously a hard-working student who was mentored by some of the best in the athletic training profession.
In 1978, Steve successfully completed the intemship route by passing the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Certification Exam, and he accepted a job at his old high school teaching biology and serving as the athletic trainer. He served the athletes at Parkland High School from 1978-1982 before moving to the position of Head Athletic Trainer at Muhlenberg College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a position he still holds today. He has overseen many changes over the years, including the latest renovation of their sports medicine facility and increases in both the number of sports and number of student-athletes. Steve has also grown his athletic training staff from one to four certified athletic trainers over the years. He has developed and maintains a dynamic and up-to-date website for his athletes, parents, staff, and visitors to use.
Steve was honored by PATS with a Board of Directors' Service Award in 1996 for his many years as a member, and later, was Co-Chair of the College/ University Athletic Trainers' Committee (1994-2003), Chair of the Ethics Committee (1994-1998), and Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee (19984-1986). Steve also received the PATS Board of Directors' Honor Award in 1988. He served as the Eastern Representative on the PATS Board of Directors from 1986-1988.
Steve has served the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association since 2005 as a member of their Workshop Committee and has served as· the Chair since 2008. He has been recognized by the NATA with their 25 Year Award. Steve has promoted the profession of athletic training with presentations to many local organizations on safety in athletics and development of young athletes and coaches. He serves as an Approved Clinical Instructor for East Stroudsburg University, and volunteers for the Olympic Movement, PA Special O;ympics, the Keystone Games, and the Allentown Sports Festival.
Steve is revered, honored, and respected at Muhlenberg by his peers, student-athletes, and their parents for his gracious attitude, hard work, and love for his profession. He is "grateful for the opportunity to work with student-athletes, and watch them grow, mature, and sometimes 'heal' during their time here."
Steve is very active in his church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Girls Basketball Booster Club. He is married to Linda (1993), and they have a daughter, Jennifer (1995).
John Hauth has a legacy of strong values and a great work ethic that was passed to him from his parents and inspired by his mentors during his professional development. John was motivated in the classroom by the likes of Lois Wagner and John Thatcher while completing his undergraduate work in Athletic Training at East Strousdburg University (1983). John shows his love for the profession through his work ethic and his concern and care for his students' physical and mental well being. There will always be a caring mentor at ESU as long as John Hauth is still there. After ESU, John went on to complete his Master's Degree at the University of Arizona where he studied under the tutelage of Gary Delforge and worked in one of the first high school outreach programs. As John's career developed and after returning to ESU (1985), he pursued advanced study and completed his doctoral Degree from the University of Sarasota. His dissertation topic was "The Incidence of Sexual Harassment Among Students Enrolled in CAAHEP-Accredited Athletic Training Programs," again, showing his concern for students.
Upon arriving at ESU, he was asked to serve on the Public Relations committee of PATS. Not long after, he initiated the publication of the PATS Newsletter. The objective of this publication was to keep the general public and the professionals up-to-date on the advocacy efforts of the field of Athletic Training in Pennsylvania. In 1987, he was asked to chair the Membership Committee and was responsible for technology upgrades that allowed the organization to better utilize the database it already had. At the same time, John served as Parliamentarian for the PATS Board of Directors, and was responsible for raising awareness of PATS current issues. In 1991, he was appointed to the Long Range Planning Committee, and in 1992, he was elected President Elect. During his time as President Elect, President and PAST President, John worked to establish the Governor's first Athletic Training Week, developed the PATS Scholarships, and made upgrades in all PATS publications. He pursued legislative efforts for a separate bill for the licensure of Athletic Trainers. John received help and guidance from his peers including, Joe Iezzi, Barry McGlumphy, Paula Turocy, Steve Heckler, Sandy Bush, and many more. John served Pennsylvania as our Representative for the EATA and the NATA. He has also been very active as an organizer of the NATA Educators' Conference.
John has been published in many peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous PATS, EATA and NATA Conventions and Symposia. He has advised numerous graduate research projects and Master's Theses. John has received grants from national organizations and ESU over his twenty-three year tenure. He willingly volunteers to speak and advocate his support for national and local health organizations. He has conducted workshops for high school and age-group coaches in support of safe athletics. John has been awarded the PATS Service Award, PATS Board of Service Award, PATS Special Recognition Award (Bills 371 & 371), NATA 25 Year Award, and membership in the Iota Tau Alpha Athletic Training honorary Fraternity. John is married to Lynn (1985) and has three children, Amanda, Kendall, and Conner. Today, John, we honor you for your dedication, professionalism, and especially, caring for family, athletes, advisees, students, and peers.
Steven J. Heckler
Steve is a native of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and was influenced at an early age by two local ATCs who are both Hall of Famers: Bruce Vogelsong at Dickinson College and Dick Burkholder at Carlisle High School. In 1968, Steve entered West Chester State College where he learned from Hall of Famer Phil Donley. Immediately, following his graduation in 1972, Steve was hired as the youngest faculty member at Hamilton, a private, Liberal Arts College in upstate New York, where he served as both the head athletic trainer and head baseball coach for three years.
In 1975, Steve was hired as the head ATC, and later, Director of Sports Medicine at Shippensburg University where he worked for the next twenty-seven years. Throughout that time, Steve mentored numerous undergraduates in his internship program sending them to West Chester's summer athletic training program. He also counseled and mentored over fifty graduate students during his tenure. Many of Steve's undergraduate and graduate students have taken leadership roles throughout our state and nation.
Steve was the very first full-time certified athletic trainer hired at Shippensburg University. Shippensburg experienced constant, dramatic growth in its sports medicine facilities over his career there. The first act Steve undertook in 1975 was to make his facility accessible to female student-athletes. Steve served as medical coordinator for numerous athletic events, such as, twenty years for various PIAA championships, ten years for the PA Senior Games, two years for the Big 33 Football Classic, and was featured along with Dr. Mike Cordas on the popular TV series, Emergency 911, seen by twenty-million viewers.
Steve served in many capacities within PATS. He was a member of the Honors & Awards and Public Relations committees, co-founded our popular Golf Tournament, which created our first student scholarship award, and was later elected president. As President, Steve was instrumental in our society's reorganization through increased regional representation, the student symposium, our convention, and the creation of the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame. His most important contribution was to our decade long battle for a new, modern practice act. Along with many others, Steve's tireless efforts, contributions and leadership in Harrisburg and elsewhere helped lead to passage of the 2001 law we work under today. Even after seven years of retirement, Steve still serves PATS on our Long Range Planning committee, and continues to mentor former students and colleagues.
Steve is honored for his promotion of diversity and his involvement, loyalty and dedication to the profession of athletic training.
Steve and his wife, Vonnie, reside in Florida, not far from the Gulf of Mexico. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Bethany and Jennifer.
There are many attributes that describe Jeff Cooper; leader, innovator, teacher, and professional. "Coop" was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and attended the University of Delaware, where he studied under Dr. Roy Rylander. He earned his Master's Degree at Indiana State University in Athletic Training. During this time, his interest and love for baseball was ignited. This passion, and his increased knowledge of biomechanics, went hand-in-hand with his abilities to analyze and determine the mechanism of the injuries involved in baseball.
Coop pursued his interest in baseball, by spending many years in the minor league systems. In 1976, he was hired as the Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in 1984 and stayed in that position until 2006. Dallas Green, former Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies wrote of Coop, "His knowledge of his craft is second to none in my opinion because he has that burning desire to improve by spending time in the athletic training room listening, reading, studying, delving into the X's and O's of the body. This always with an insight and pride to get better and be on the cutting edge of new and improving way of getting players back on the field as well as preventative approaches to these problems."
Coop's acute knowledge of biomechanics along with his ability to analyze motion, allows him a unique ability to correct deficiencies in rehabilitation programs that he has developed. Phil Donley states, "His input in this area (analysis and rehabilitation) has broadened the knowledge base in professional baseball and there is a trickle down effect for that information into the general population.
As a leader in the field of Athletic Training, Coop pioneered the formation of PBATS, Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers' Society. He was instrumental in convincing the baseball owners that PBATS was an education based organization, not a union. PBATS has continued with that mission to this day. Coop brought to the foreground the perils of smokeless tobacco and the prevalence of it use in professional baseball. He conducted national programs involving politicians, prominent athletes, and scientific data to educate our youth regarding smokeless tobacco. Through Coop's perseverance, these programs have convinced the NCAA, MLB, as well as youth sport programs around the country, to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco in and around these activities.
Medical professionals, major league baseball owners, and players all praise the work and values of this fine professional.
Michael R. Sitler
Mike Sitler has always been an intuitive individual. Mike's family developed a process on their dairy farms by using methane gas produced by the manure on their farms. It seems natural that Mike, one of seven boys, would be directing research projects later in his career. Mike attended East Stroudsburg University. He graduated in 1976, with a degree in Health and Physical Education, with a concentration in Athletic Training. Mike continued his education as a graduate Assistant at East Stroudsburg University, where he completed his MS Degree in Physical Education, with a Somatic Science concentration.
Mike was employed at Kean College of New Jersey (1977-1982), where he developed an approved Athletic Training Education Program, in addition to providing clinical care for the intercollegiate athletes. Mike later moved to United States Military Academy at West Point, where he provided clinical care for the cadets' intramural programs and was an instructor in Physical Education. He began his pursuit of a Doctorial Degree at New York University.
Mike continued his athletic training career at Temple University as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology. He earned his doctorial degree in 1989, and has enjoyed a very successful career at Temple University. Mike has been the major advisor for 47 doctoral and master thesis studies and served over 130 additional committees' studies. Mike has successfully published over 50 articles and 75 abstracts in his department. Mike has developed an outstanding educational program at Temple University, both at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels. In regard to his teaching, Mike feels it is important to support a positive student learning environment.
He believes it is necessary to provide transparent and shared decision making when appropriate, evidence-based content, frequent and constructive feedback, and course materials that are clear, complete, and of value. This philosophy earned him a Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997.
Mike has completed numerous studies involving the efficiency of bracing. He has served as a chair for NATA, EATA and PATS research committees, regarding research and grants at all levels. He is widely published and serves on many editorial boards throughout our profession. Mike feels that the NATA Research and Education Foundation, that he has served on since 1997, and is currently the President, is his most important contribution to the profession. The studies he has initiated and supported over the years have lead to many advances in our profession.
Paula began her education in athletic training at West Chester State College. She attended West Chester from 1978-82, under the direction of Phil Donley, Brad Taylor and Joe Godek. Paula earned her Master's Degree in Education/Sports Medicine from Michigan State University in 1984. She then accepted a position at Eastern Kentucky University, teaching in an NATA Approved Undergraduate Education Program from 1984-86. From 1986-89, she served as Acting Athletic Training Education Program Director, at the University of Pittsburgh. During the next few years, Paula explored the private sector of athletic training, working with coaching effectiveness and developing healthy habits for athletes. Paula entered the University of Virginia in 1990 and completed her Doctorate of Education in 1992. In 1992, Paula accepted a position at Duquesne University as the first and only Chair of the Department of Athletic Training. She has continued to chair the department and has earned the rank of Associate Professor. In 2004, Paula was named the Anna Rangos Rizakus Endowed Chair of the Health Sciences and Ethics. She also holds the position of Program Director of the CAATE Accredited Athletic Training Education Program.
Paula has diligently served the institutions where she has been employed, and the students she has taught and mentored in so many ways. She has utilized her skills as an educator, a clinician, an administrator, a leader, and as a counselor. Paula has worked at the NATA level serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Athletic Training, the District II Executive Committee, and the NATA Representative to the JRC-AT, the Education Council, and the NATA Position Statement Working Group. In addition, she was the Inaugural Chair and first CEO of CAATE, and Vice Chair/Chair of JRC-AT. Paula has also served the Board of Certification as a Test Developer, Test Site Administrator, examiner/model, materials manager, and on two Role Delineations Study Committees.
More regionally and locally, Paula was honored as the First Moyer Award Chair. She served as a NATA Research and Education Foundation representative to the District II BOD. She has been a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer's Society since 1980, where she has served the membership as President, President-elect and past President; as well as Parliamentarian, a member of the Long Range Planning and Governmental Affairs Committee, and a liaison to the Pennsylvania PTA and Safe Kids Programs.
Paula's proudest accomplishment is that of being a mentor and teacher for the many of her students that have gone on to be successful professionals in Athletic Training, and various other medical professions.
Bill was a graduate of the University High School in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received his BS, MS and EdD from West Virginia University.
Bill’s first position was at the University High School in Morgantown, WV. At the age of 23, Bill accepted the Head Athletic Trainer position at California University of Pennsylvania.
He later developed and accepted the additional duties of Program Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at California. In 1987, Bill was promoted to Associate Professor, and Chairperson of the Department of Sport Medicine.
In 1994, he was promoted to Full Professor. He is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Health Science and Sports Studies at California University of Pennsylvania. During Bill’s tenure, he initiated the Post-Professional Graduate Education Program. Bill started his career at the California University of Pennsylvania and was the lone Certified Athletic Trainer on the staff. Currently there are 18 Certified Athletic Trainers serving at the University in various capacities.
Bill has served the PATS organization in various capacities: He served as Western Representative, editor of the PATS Newsletter, Chaired the Professional Education Committee, and while serving on the Board of Directors, he assisted in the development and organization of the PATS Annual Symposium and Convention. Bill was the recipient of the PATS Most Distinguished Merit Award. He was a member of and chaired the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the State Board of Physical Therapy. He is extremely involved in the CAATE (formerly CAAHEP) and has served as a frequent site evaluator and currently serves on the CAATE Review Committee.
Bill has volunteered at the United States Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs and was selected to work the Olympic Festivals in 1981, 1982 and the World University Games in 1983 in Edmonton, Canada.
Joe has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 32 years. He received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University and his Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Joe was the head athletic trainer at Cheyney University, Philadelphia University, and Downingtown High School. He has been employed at Downingtown High School since 1988. He was also employed at Paoli Orthopedic and Rehabilitation. He is most proud to have been involved in 5 NCAA Final Fours and 17 PIAA State Championships.
Joe had the opportunity to work for two weeks at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. That experience earned him time with Olympic teams at the Olympic Festival, World University Games, and the Goodwill games in Moscow.
Joe Iezzi has been involved in many leadership roles within our profession. He served on the PATS Board of Directors for eight years; serving as Eastern Representative, President Elect, President, and Past President. During his tenure as President, Joe introduced changes in the Pennsylvania Law and initiated the start of the new law to be directly under the Medical Practice Act. He also served as the legislative chair.
Joe was on the District II Executive Board and the EATA Board of Directors. He later became District II – Director of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and served as Vice President of the NATA. During his six years on the NATA Board of Directors, he was Board Liaison to the secondary school committee, the public relations committee, Professional Hockey Athletic Training Association, the international committee, and the pronouncement committee. He also served on the NATA finance and investment committee and was the NATA News Editorial Advisor. Joe has lectured at numerous State, District, and National meetings for various professions.
Joe has received the Microbiomedics Award – EATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award, the PATS Service Award, the NATA “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” Award, and the Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress “Ted Quedenfeld” Award.
Joe’s believes his most rewarding times have been working with the athletic training students from West Chester University and serving as their mentor for the the past 29 years.
Doctor David Joyner grew up just north of State College and has never really wandered far from his roots. His dad was an engineer and he grew up with a love of science and math. He combined these academic passions into a career in orthopedic surgery. His outstanding academic and athletic high school career blossomed into an extremely rewarding experience as an undergraduate at Penn State University. At Penn State, he was a Dean's List pre-med student and a two sport All-American in Football and Wrestling. He captained both the 1971 Football o and Wrestling teams, was a runner up National Champion wrestler in 1971 and played in the 1970 Orange Bowl and the 1971 Cotton Bowl.
Dr. Joyner graduated from The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1976 and completed his residency in General Surgery in 1978 and Orthopedic Surgery in 1981. His professional career has been highlighted by numerous honors that represent his work ethic, attitude, honesty, loyalty and dedication to his profession. He serves on many state and national committees and has taken a special and dedicated interest in the United States Olympic Sports Medicine Committee. He served as Chairmen of the USOC Sports Medicine Committee from 1993-2000. He served as USOC Staff Member, Sports Medicine Chair; Games Administrative Board for the Olympic games at Nagano, Japan; Liliehammer, Norway; Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Albertville, France. He has worked numerous Pan American Games and Olympic Festivals. Dr. Joyner has served on the Board of Trustees for The Pennsylvania State University since 2000 and on the Board of Directors of the Miiton S. Hershey Medical Center since 2003. He is a recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for graduate achievement.
Dr. Joyner has served on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for ten years. He served on the Pennsylvania Governor's Council for Physical Fitness and Sports from 1981 to 2005. He has served on Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Medical Advisory Committee and aided this society greatly in working toward their goal of State Licensure. He is a strong ally and a vocal supporter of Athletic Training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Joyner is particularly proud of his role in the creation of numerous sports medicine clinics that were specifically designed to get athletes back to competition quickly. This innovative approach to sports medicine was truly ahead of its time.
Dr. Joyner is a Principal in the Andrews-Lemak Development Group and he is in practice at the University Orthopedics Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Dr. Joyner is most proud of his family; wife Carolyn, daughter Kate, and two sons, Andy and Matt. Dr. Joyner, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society wishes to thank you for your dedication to athletics and for recognizing the importance and value of the field of Athletic Training.
Mark Keppler has been up and down the East Coast while earning his Bachelor's and Master's Degree. He began at Wesley College in Delaware and completed his B.S. in Physical Education at Florida State University in 1973, where he served as a student athletic trainer under NATA Hall of Famer, Don Fauls. Mark's first position was located in the Pittsburgh area at Baldwin High School. At the time, he truly was a pioneer since he was one of the first athletic trainers working in a high school in that region of the state. The very next year, Carnegie Mellon University hired him as Head Athletic Trainer. Over the next eleven years, Mark increased his staff size and created an expansive student athletic training program with neighboring institution, University of Pittsburgh. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, he began work on his Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology which he completed in 1986.
That very same year, he left the Pittsburgh area to accept the Head Football Athletic Trainer's position at Bucknell University. He later replaced Hal Biggs as Head Athletic Trainer in 1988. He has remained at Bucknell University for the past twenty years, and been instrumental in developing the Office of Sports Medicine for the Bison's student-athletes. He has mentored many students in the field of athletic training during his tenure at Carnegie Mellon and Bucknell University. Mark is a founding father of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. He served as our first Convention Chairperson, our first Western Representative and our Sixth PATS President, from 1982 to 1984. He was a member of the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the State Board of Physical Therapy, from 1986 to 1996. He presently serves as PATS Convention Chairperson, overseeing all operations for the annual State symposium. Mark is the recipient of the PATS Distinguished Merit Award and the NATA 25 year award. He has served on numerous EATA Committees and presented at the 1986 PATS Symposium.
Mark and is wife Wanda have two daughters, Sarah and Reta, both residing in Tallahassee, Florida. Thank you Mark, for ail your years of dedicated and loyal service to the profession of Athletic Training.
Robert H. Shank
Bob started his athletic training education under Rod Bimson at Millersville University. He later completed an intense summer of study at West Chester State University, under the direction of Phil Doniey. He then began a teaching and athletic training career at Cumberland Valley High School and Hempfield High School. He completed his NATA Internship program and was Certified as an Athletic Trainer in 1974. In 1978, he entered the University of Virginia, where he completed his Master's Degree. He later returned and earned his Doctoral Degree in 1988.
In 1980, Bob accepted the Head Athletic Trainer position at Dickinson College where he remains today. He has served on numerous Dickinson College committees and has taught several courses in public safety, Wellness, First Aid, CPR and Athletic Training. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society. He is also an EMT, an EMT instructor, and a State Level Examiner. He is an instructor for the American Red Cross and has taught courses and guest-lectured at Harrisburg Area Community College, Messiah College and the University of Virginia.
Bob has volunteered with the United States Olympic Committee, Cramer Workshops, the Keystone State Games, the Multiple Sclerosis Bike-a-Thon, Pennsylvania Special Olympics, multiple PIAA Championship events, and as an examiner for the NATA Certification Examination.
Bob has served his profession at every level. He has been the NATA liaison to the International Academy of Sports Vision and a State representative to the NATA Governmental Affairs Committee. He is a founding father of PATS, serving as President from 1988-1990. Bob has also served on the PATS Honors and Awards Committee, Finance Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, State Meeting Program Committee, Legislative Liaison, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Liaison, and the American Trauma Society/PA Division Liaison. Bob's service to the Athletic Training profession spans from 1976 until the present.
Thanks Bob for your dedication, leadership, concern for human kind and through all this your humor! Bob and his wife Char, reside in Dover, PA.
Sayers "Bud" Miller, (1930-1980), born in Indiana, was literally a "mover and a shaker!" He was a scholar and practitioner in the profession. He was a dreamer and designer of the future of the athletic training profession. He was born into the arena of Sport medicine. His dad was the Team Physician at Purdue University and worked with Pinky Newell as did Bud. Bud Miller's academic preparation consisted of: a Bachelors and Master's Degree from Purdue University, a Certificate of Proficiency in Physical Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and doctoral study work at Stanford University. He covered most of the country while studying and the rest while working. Bud Miller began his professional career as a Wrestling coach, Health teacher and Athletic Trainer at the high school level in Illinois. He then went to a hospital physical therapy department in Indiana for one year and then to Moorhead State College in Minnesota. In 1958 he joined the faculty of Ball State University, Indiana, where he served as Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist. His next move, in 1969, was to the University of Washington for the Head Athletic Trainers position. In 1974, Bud returned to Pennsylvania, to the Pennsylvania State University where he would pilot the development of the Athletic Training Education Program and serve a Program Coordinator. At the same time he joined Casey Clarke in kicking-off the National Athletic Injury Reporting System (NAIRS). He also served as the Men's Basketball Athletic Trainer. Bud continued to serve in this capacity while writing pertinent articles for," Athletic Training," authoring books and speaking in the field until his untimely death in 1980. His students remember him fondly and in high esteem as an educator and athletic trainer. He served not only Penn State University in developing their professional education program but was chairman of the Subcommittee on Curriculum Development, part of the Professional Advancement Committee of the NATA(1966-68). He served as Chairman of the NATA Professional Education Committee from 1968-1978. Bud also served on the NATA, BOD 1972-74. Bud Miller had the dream of an emerging profession, the design of a professional education program and the drive to set high standards and make changes to accomplish them. These thoughts and actions have benefited all of us. We acknowledge his accomplishments and thank him for his hard work. Bud and Shirley Miller had three children John, Laurie, and Kristie. John, who also is a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist and widely educated, will accept this award on his father's behalf.
Cecilia L. Yost
Cecilia L. Yost, formerly Cecilia Leonard, hails from the Philadelphia area. At lower Merion High School, she competed in lacrosse and field hockey and graduated in 1972. She chose East Stroudsburg University to pursue her interest in the allied health fields and education. She played lacrosse while at East Stroudsburg and landed in the Athletic Training room for help due to a car accident. There she met athletic trainers John Thatcher and Bruce Haynes. Through these relationships, she developed an intense interest in athletic training. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 1976 with a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education and a concentration in athletic training.
The next two years were extremely busy for "Ceal". She married Kevin Yost in 1977, became a certified Athletic Trainer in 1978 and completed a Master's of Science Degree in Physical Education at East Stroudsburg University, studying under the tutelage of Dr. Frank Sills. In 1978, she was hired at Stroudsburg High School as a part-time athletic trainer. The administration at Stroudsburg realized what a great professional they had and fought to make her full-time the next year. She was rehired as a half-time teacher of adapted physical education and half-time athletic trainer.
Ceal's involvement with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society' began early in her career. She was the first chairperson (1987) to computerize the membership list with help of Frank Tatusko and her "Atari" computer. This provided the Board of Directors the statistics to enable PATS to make advances in regional representation and legislative endeavors. Integrating the mailing list provided opportunities for advances with the annual symposium, newsletters, and the organizational directory; all this while she was serving as Parliamentarian for the Board of Directors (1986-88).
Dennis Clark and Mark Keppler were so impressed with her work they asked her to run for President of PATS. In 1988, she was elected and in 1990 became the first female President of PATS. She worked diligently in promoting the profession on the local, state and national level during her term in office. She continued to serve on the Honors and awards committee until 2004. She worked to develop, promote and write an athletic training curriculum for the high school level. The Board of Education accepted it and she still teaches in that curriculum today. It is one of the most popular classes in the school and many of her students have gone on to study in the health field. She has been awarded the 1990 MBM Award, the 1990 Pocono Mountain Jaycee's Award and the 1997 PATS Service Award.
Ceal continues to be high spirited, highly motivated, and driven toward her life's goals. She is very involved with her family, husband Tom and daughter Cailin, and in her community. Ceal is a true leader in the athletic training profession in Pennsylvania and we thank her.
Romeo Capozzi, known as “Rome or Doc,” served the athletes of Gettysburg College, South Central Pennsylvania and Northern Maryland for forty-one years. Rome’s ability and willingness to help injured athletes spread by word of mouth to athletes and coaches in the area.
Rome attended Pennsylvania State University in Philadelphia to become an engineer. He worked for a short time for the city of Philadelphia, building the municipal field complex presently known as Franklin Field. Rome worked with Olympic coach Jim Larson at the University of Pennsylvania, until Hen Bream brought him to Gettysburg College in 1927. Rome was never on the faculty at Gettysburg College, but though his actions he pioneered the vocation of athletic training. He promoted his vocation by helping high school, college, professional and amateur athletes throughout the two state areas.
Rome demanded the respect of all coaches he worked with and all the athletes that he treated. He encouraged his philosophy of athletic training by speaking with coaches and stressing the importance of conditioning their athletes. Rome was very talented, a series of freehand anatomical drawings that he produced are still displayed in the athletic training room at Gettysburg College with the originals in the Gettysburg College archives.
Rome retired from Athletic Training in 1971 after forty-one years at Gettysburg College and passed away three years later. He mentored students such as Gareth “Lefty” Biser, a founding father of PATS.
Michael Cordas, Jr., D.O., F.A.O.A.S., F.A.A.F.P.
Dr. Michael Cordas, the ultimate friend, in the eyes of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society, is a Pennsylvania boy through and through. He is a graduate of Susquehanna University and the Medical School at Philadelphia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He currently serves the athletes and people of Harrisburg and Central Pennsylvania as Director of Sports Medicine for the Arlington Group in Harrisburg. Before arriving in Harrisburg, he was the Team Physician and Medical Director at Susquehanna University and the team physician for football and wrestling at The Pennsylvania State University (1994-97).
Dr. Cordas is Board Certified in Family Practice and has a deep-seated interest in the youth of our State and Country. Since 1986 he has served on the Governor’s Council of Physical Fitness and Sports. He has been a member the PATS, Medical Board of Advisors since 1994 and has served as Advisor to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since 1980. Dr. Cordas has been the, Chief Medical Officer at the Pennsylvania Keystone Games for fourteen years. He also has served as the Event Physician for the P.I.A.A. State Wrestling Championships since 1986, Football and Track Championships since 1993.
Dr. Cordas was instrumental in aiding the PATS legislative efforts during the past ten years. He served on PATS committees, attended meetings, luncheons and testified before State Senate committees on our behalf. His support of the field of athletic training was deeply felt in the legislative arena.
Dr. Cordas presently serves on the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine and is the Director of Sports Medicine, Performance Sports Medicine Division of the Arlington Group in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
George “Speed” Ebersole
George “Speed” Ebersole grew up in Lower Paxton. He played Football for famous high school coaches Roscoe Warner and Dick Gracie. As a high school student Speed remembers wrapping and taping ankles for his fellow athletes. This was an interest that he pursued and promoted through his whole life although not his vocation.
He graduated Lower Paxton High School 1942 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. He was trained as a Pharmacist mate and served in the Pacific Theater. He is a combat veteran of five beachheads in the south pacific, serving with Company C, 1st Marine Division. He left active duty in 1946 and returned to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
He returned to LowerPaxton High School now known as Central Dauphin High School as their athletic trainer. He served Central Dauphin athletes and athletes from many of the surrounding schools of the Central Pennsylvania area for 54 years. Speed retired from Central Dauphin High School in 2000.
Speed will tell you that he did start getting paid $500.00 after a while. Speed was grandfathered into the NATA. He used his military training as well as learning from such friends as Bruce Vogelsong, Dick Burkholder and Otho Davis to remain current in the athletic training field. His concern for his athletes and the way he treated them has inspired many of his students to become athletic trainers and physicians. Speed has worked with athletes at all levels, but fondly recalls being brought to a New York Jet’s game by one of his ex-athletes, Mickey Schuler. Speed certainly paved the way for us that were to follow.
Gareth (Lefty) Biser is an "old school" Founding Father of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society and an early promoter of athletic training in south central Pennsylvania. Lefty came to the Keystone State from just below the Mason-Dixon line to pitch for Gettysburg College's baseball team. However, he had an interest in taking care of athletes and in 1953 met Romeo Capozzi, the Athletic Trainer at Gettysburg. This relationship led Lefty to a career in athletic training. He graduated in 1957 and then worked for Jules Reichel at Syracuse University where he earned his master's degree. In 1959 he returned to his alma mater as assistant athletic trainer and instructor of Health and Physical Education. During his 41-year tenure Lefty would serve as Assistant and Head Athletic Trainer as well as Chairman of the Department of Health and Physical Education. In these positions he continuously promoted athletic training and served as an outstanding teacher and mentor for numerous students interested in athletic training. He created an outstanding NATA Internship program at Gettysburg College working within the Liberal Arts curriculum. Throughout his career he taught almost every course in the Health and Physical Education curriculum. Many of his students recall the six-hour lab practicals in Human Anatomy and Physiology. Not only was Lefty an innovative instructor (he used animal parts in lab when cadavers were not available) but a leader in curriculum design. He initiated the NATA Athletic Training Internship program at Gettysburg College and guided the change of the department from Health and Physical Education to Health and Exercise Science. He served as mentor to aspiring HPE teachers, athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians. He was awarded the Lindback Outstanding Teaching Award at Gettysburg College in 1992 and in 1990 he was awarded the "Salute to Teaching" award from the Pennsylvania Academy for the Profession of Teaching. He has been recognized numerous times by the community, the college and the students for his caring attitude toward athletes, students and his fellow human beings. Lefty served as athletic trainer for the Big 33 football competition from 1974-1984. He answered the call of the United States Olympic Committee in 1987,89,92 and 94 to work at Festivals and the World Games. He has presented at numerous workshops on athletic training and career days throughout the commonwealth. He has been an outstanding instructor of CPR since 1958. Lefty and his wife, Shirley Ann have three children.
Alexander Kalenak, MD
Dr. Alexander Kalenak; call him "a good old boy" and you'd better watch out. He still practices at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and is a Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Dr. Kalenak grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Nanty-Glo. He did his undergraduate studies at Penn State and then attended Medical School at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. Then he left his beloved Pennsylvania for an Internship in Ohio and Residency in Virginia. After a short stint in Albany, New York, Dr. Kalenak returned to his Alma Mater and home state of Pennsylvania to stay. In 1973, he was named the Team Orthopaedic Surgeon at Penn State and served as Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Orthopaedics at Milton Hershey Medical Center. All during these educational experiences it seems that physicians and athletic trainers working with athletes impressed Alexander Kalenak. While a student at Penn State, he met Dr. Griessy, Dr. Sam Fleigle and Mr. Chuck Medlar, an athletic trainer, and these individuals impressed him in how well they took care of their athletes. While enrolled at Hahnemann he met Dr. Green of the Philadelphia Eagles. In Virginia he befriended Dr. Frank McCue and Mr. Joe Geick of the University of Virginia. He admired and learned from all these people. In the early 70's he helped establish a Sports Medicine Service at Albany Medical Center. This led him into contact with many leaders in the pioneer days of the Sport Medicine movement: Dr. Jim Nicholas, Dr. Don Slocum, Dr. Jim Andrews, Dr. Joe Godfrey and Dr. Jack Houston. These prominent and well-known physicians and athletic trainers such as Chuck Medlar, and Jim Hochberg molded Dr. Kalenak into a leader in the field. Dr. Kalenak served as Team Orthopedic Surgeon at Penn State from 1973-1995; since 1978 he has served on the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He has volunteered for the United States Olympic Committee, the Keystone Games and the Big 33 Football Classic. He is a prolific speaker and has promoted Sports Medicine and Athletic Training throughout the Commonwealth. The EATA has honored Dr. Kalenak by awarding him the Moyer Award. Dr. Kalenak is a regular participant at our PATS Symposium and continues to be a great friend to all athletic trainers in Pennsylvania. Dr. Kalenak continues to work at Penn State Hershey Medical Center taking care of athletes and athletic injuries. He lives in Hummelstown with his wife Beth and has two sons and one daughter.
Jack Rea, Jr.
Jack Rea, Jr., is a "founding father" of The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society. He is a hard worker, a great guy, "Dad", and a very professional caring person. These all describe Jack Rea. A legend in Western Pennsylvania in the field of athletic training, he spent 36 years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Washington and Jefferson College. Many awards have been bestowed to Jack, such as the NATA 25 Year Award; he has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association since 1963. He received an NCAA Outstanding Contribution Award for his work with the National Wrestling Championships in 1975, a Knights of Columbus Special Award for activity with the youth in his community, and a Commendation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for his Induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Jack has always been volunteering and serving his community, his college and his nation; he is a veteran of the Korean War. Jack constantly promoted athletic training by working in the NATA for certification and the formation of a professional organization within Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. He continued to volunteer, serving as registration chair for the state meeting and serving a co-chair for job placement of athletic trainers in Pennsylvania. Jack is known as "a man whose interest in his profession is matched by his interest in people." Many of the athletes at Washington and Jefferson fondly refer to Jack as "Dad" because of his caring nature and the paternalistic treatment he used in helping them deal with their injuries. Many of the students that mentored under the tutelage of Jack Rea are prominent in the profession. Jack and his wife, Dorris have two children. Call him "old school", a founding father, major contributor, or simply "Dad" but welcome Jack into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame.
Midwestern girl comes East to make her mark. Well she did but that is not the Lois Wagner personality. Hailing from Tripoli, Iowa, Lois came to Philadelphia to the University of Pennsylvania Physical Therapy School in 1967. She had a sincere interest in human movement and rehabilitation. She loved to teach and interact with students. She moved to East Stroudsburg University where she began doing just that and was awarded a Master's degree in 1971. Lois has worked with the athletes of East Stroudsburg University in the clinic (athletic training room) for 31 years and subsequently has taken on full-time faculty responsibilities as an Associate Professor, in the Movement Studies and Exercise Science Department. Lois has served on numerous committees at the University, in her community and for PATS. She received her 25-year award from the NATA and a merit award from the American Cancer Society. In 2001, Lois received a Letter of Commendation from The Women in Athletic Training Committee of the NATA. The commendation reads, "You have been one of the pioneers in our field. Your time, efforts, and contributions to not only the field of athletic training, but to the role of women in athletic training are greatly appreciated." Lois is certainly one of the first female certified athletic trainers in the United States and in Pennsylvania. Lois has always been an educator and an investigator. She has published many professional articles but will be remembered most by her students as a tough, no nonsense, fair, and compassionate person. As an athletic trainer and educator she has earned the respect of her students, athletes, alums and friends. John Thatcher, her friend and fellow Hall of Fame member, writes "her work in all aspects of her professional life has been tireless. Her devotion to her students and her colleagues is second to none. Her honesty and integrity are irreproachable. In our athletic training education program, what really distinguishes her is her absolute commitment to quality. Students know by her example as well as her insistence that they better do it right (the first time)! I think maybe I've been reminded of that myself on occasion, and I thank Lois for that." Lois truly has been a female pioneer and role model for women in Athletic Training in Pennsylvania.
Garnett E. “Moose” Detty, inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1994, was considered an “Ambassador” of Athletic Training. During his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1961 - 1975 he preached to all the importance of the new field of athletic training. He educated medical school students, podiatry students, orthopaedic residents, physicians, college student athletic trainers, high school administrators and even local clubs on the role of this new health care professional - the athletic trainer - in the care of injured athletes. The native Oklahoman is a decorated Marine from his service to our country at the Battle of Midway during World War II. He was a successful Golden Glove Boxer where he was not only a Tri State and Fleet Marine Corp Heavyweight Champion but also a successful coach. In 1952 he was selected AAU Boxing Coach of the Year and tutored the 1952 Olympic Gold Medalist. His ingenuity led to the use of newly discovered neoprene and its use for athletes. He turned this into a successful business and retired from athletic training in 1975. Pro Orthopaedics allowed him to give back to the profession he loved. Pro was the sole sponsor of the PATS Newsletter for several years and sponsored many other District and State Newsletters and provided scholarship opportunities for future athletic trainers. He also established the Warren Lee Trust fund, named in honor of the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Arizona who died during his tenure there. Moose received the first PATS Service Award in 1991, retired as Pro’s CEO in 1994 and resides in Tucson, AZ.
Joseph J. Godek
Limited space cannot do justice to the contributions Joe Godek has accomplished over the last three decades on the local, state, regional, national and international levels. The 1999 NATA Hall of Fame inductee was a charter member of PATS, oversaw the drafting of the Commonwealth’s initial Athletic Training legislation, served as liaison to the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association from 1979 - 1983 and sat on the Athletic Trainers' Advisory Committee from 1984 - 1988. He was the EATA President from 1978 - 1984 and District II Director from 1987 - 1993. During his last year as District Director, he served as Vice President of the NATA. If service were not enough, Joe has been a strong proponent of education both in and out the classroom. He has been an instrumental part of the undergraduate education program at West Chester University since 1972 mentoring nearly 1000 students. Outside the classroom he served as program chair for the EATA meetings in 1978 & 79 and the NATA convention in 1980. His scholarship is evident by numerous lectures at meetings worldwide, numerous articles and other publications. He also served as editor to Athletic Therapy Today and served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Rehabilitation. He has received numerous awards including: inducted into the Legion of Honor of Four Chaplains in 1980, received the EATA Cramer Award in 1985; the PATS Distinguished Service Award in 1986; the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1994 and granted full Professorship at West Chester in 1994. Joe is also dedicated to his community. He gave several speeches to local school districts to improve Adaptive Physical Education Programs and Pre Season Athletic Physicals and gladly gave time to advise local coaches and athletic trainers. He spent 15 years assisting the community's handicapped children’s swim program.
Willie Myers is the first of two athletic trainers to have worked both at Penn State and The University of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer Hall of Famer Chuck Medlar hired the 1957 Penn State graduate right out of school. In August of 1965 he was tempted from his Alma Mater by the University of Pittsburgh to be their Head Athletic Trainer and served the Panther student-athletes until 1973. He became a Sales Representative for various athletic companies including Johnson & Johnson, Bike, Riddell and Russell Athletic. He retired in 1999 and now works as a part time rep for Medco. Willie continued to touch the lives of the student-athletes at Somerset High School from 1973 - 1985 where he volunteered his services and presently assists Penn State during their pre season camp each summer. He is a founding father of athletic training in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and charter member of PATS. He was given honorary membership to the NATA in 1985 and recognized by PATS with its Service Award in 1992.
David J. Tomasi
David J. Tomasi, known by all as Tomas, was the “Keystone” to athletic training students at Lock Haven for 25 years. He mentored over 250 student athletic trainers to their success today. Dave was not only dedicated to teaching and caring for every student, but also to the profession of athletic training within the Commonwealth. As a charter member of PATS he served on the Licensure and A-V committees and was elected to the Executive Board as its' Central Representative. Regionally he served as the President of the EATA and the Chair of the EATA Scholarship and Fund Raising committee. As a speaker he has presented seminars in Taiwan and China as well as spoke at the NATA and EATA annual meetings. Dave was also a leader in his community as a founding member of the Mill Hall Rotary Club and served for the Borough Council chairing the Finance Committee. In 1987 he received the EATA Cramer Award and is the only dual recipient of the PATS Distinguished Merit and PATS Service Award. The most cherished of his awards is from his former students; in 1995, they established the David J. Tomasi Scholarship at Lock Haven, endowing scholarships to promising athletic training students for years to come.
Joe Torg, MD
When we think of Philadelphia and Sports Medicine, one of the first names to come to mind is Joe Torg. Along with Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer Hall of Famer Ted Quedenfeld, he established the first outreach Sports Medicine Clinic in the country at Temple University in 1974. Dr. Torg initiated similar programs at The University of Pennsylvania and MCP-Hahnemann hospitals. He served as team physician for three of the four Philadelphia professional sports teams - the Phillies, the Eagles and the 76ers, The University of Pennsylvania and counseled thousands of athletes of all ages in the Greater Philadelphia area. One of Dr. Torg’s loves is research. His numerous research projects made a profound impact upon the sporting world. Teaming again with Ted Quedenfeld their research changed football in two major ways: first with the modification of cleats and secondly the banning of spearing in football.
In September 2002, Rudolph "Rudy" Corona, from Western Pennsylvania, will celebrate his 50th year in the profession of Athletic Training. He was instrumental in bringing Athletic Training and Sports Medicine into the Commonwealth’s Western region. Butler Area Schools, where he was the school’s first athletic trainer, Seneca Valley School District, Grove City Schools and Butler County Community College can all thank Rudy for bringing ATC’s to their schools. After serving his country in the Navy he became Slippery Rock University (then State College)’s first athletic trainer. Not to rest on his laurels, he also has been extremely active in the State, serving as a member of the medical teams that covered the Keystone State Games, Special Olympics - Butler County, the Pittsburgh Marathon, and many, PIAA Championship events. He has continued to support the profession throughout his long career by speaking to numerous civic and youth sporting groups on the value of athletic training. The Butler Area Red Cross recently recognized him for 40 years of service to his community. His work has not gone unnoticed in some very high places, as he was invited to and attended two state dinners at the White House during the Nixon and Regan administrations for his work with drugs and alcohol with young people. Rudy was a Founding Father of Athletic Training in the Commonwealth, and inducted into both the Butler Area and Slippery Rock Sports Halls of Fame.
I. O. Silver, MD
Dr. Silver holds legendary status in Central Pennsylvania where he served as the team physician for Steelton High School from 1947 – 1986. Upon his "retirement", he became Doctor Emeritus for Steelton for eight more years where he consoled, counseled and attended to thousands of Steelton and Steelton-Highspire student-athletes. During his amazing 47 years of service, he missed only 3 football games and 10 practices!!!
Dr. Silver was truly dedicated to serving his community as made apparent by the throngs of athletes from the Harrisburg area who would fill his medical office. As the number of PIAA events increased, it was Dr. Silver who gladly answered the call to sit courtside for all PIAA events held at Hershey Arena; in 1957 he recruited several colleagues to cover the prestigious Big 33 Football Classic. He held this position until he became physically unable to perform his duties during the late 1980’s.
It also was common knowledge that Dr. Silver not only cared for his athletes physically, but he also assisted many of these them financially as they went off to college. Because of his selfless dedication, he was inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, and honored with I.O. Silver Day by the Harrisburg Patriots Football team in the 1980’s. On June 8, 1996 was posthumously honored by the City of Harrisburg with Dr. I.O. Silver Day.
John "Thatch" Thatcher has been instrumental in establishing certified athletic trainers in eight high schools in northeastern PA and across the river in New Jersey. In addition to his many duties as the Program Director for the CAAHEP-accredited Athletic Training Education Program at East Stroudsburg University, he still finds time to counsel local high school, amateur and professional athletes who are referred to him by local physicians.
In addition to volunteering in his own community and for many statewide events, he was extremely active within PATS for many years, serving on its Professional Education, Long Range Planning & Finance, and Membership Committees; he also served as a member of the Board of Directors as its Treasurer. He presently assists the JRC-AT in evaluation of Athletic Training Programs through out the country.
Despite all of these responsibilities and activities, it is still in front of the classroom where Thatch has excelled. He will be recognized as the recipient of the 2002 NATA’s Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Educator Award. John prides himself in mentoring and educating the hundred of students who have graduated from East Stroudsburg University. An alumnus himself, he and long time colleague Lois Wagner - developed the CAAHEP-accredited program 28 years ago. His teaching prowess spilled over into the local community where he continues to be sought as a speaker on sports medicine topics.
Mr. Biggs spent 38 years as a certified athletic trainer in Pennsylvania spending most of his career as the Head Athletic Trainer for Bucknell University. Many former Bucknell student-athletes return for alumni day to say “hi” and “thank you” to Hal. It is said that he was such a strong positive influence on their development, not only as a health care provider but also as a person. Hal, in his low key but serious manner, was a strong positive force in the development of PATS and brought a lot of expertise to his terms as NATA District II Director. At political meetings you might think that he was invisible until serious topics came up and then he was quite vocal and presented well thought out positions. To have him as a friend was to have a great gift. Those who did not know Hal might think that he is shy, but nothing could be farther from the truth, he is just a careful man who does indeed speak softly but carries a big stick and is not reticent to use it when necessary. The athletic training services and facilities he developed at Bucknell are a lasting testimonial to his resourcefulness and dedication to provide the best health care that he could obtain for the athletes. No visiting team ever needed to fear that their health care needs would not be met. Hal took care of visitors with the same dedication as he did his own athletic family. Mr. Biggs was an early leader in the State and was instrumental in organizing many aspects of PATS. He served as PATS President and as NATA District II Director. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1983.
Joseph A. Blankowitsch, Jr.
The late Mr. Blankowitsch, who passed away in 1984, spent 32 years as an athletic trainer serving college and high school athletes in the Allentown and Bethlehem area. He was an original as a high school athletic trainer and the humble servant and glue that kept the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association meetings together. He was very quiet and efficient in organization matters. He was always ready to perform any task that was needed. He was a very friendly man and good friend of Fran Sheridan; the two of them were a good team at the annual meetings. Joe had a deep affection for the high school athlete that directed him to help them anyway he could. In those early days of the profession funding for supplies and equipment was scarce at best and almost nonexistent in most high schools. Joe was a well-known resourceful scavenger who exhausted every possible source for supplies and equipment. He was an annual receiver of products from the exhibitors at the EATA Meeting. Mr. Blankowitsch was NATA District II Director, and President of EATA. He spent 21 years as the NATA National Convention Registration Chairman and a longtime Registration Chairman for the EATA. Mr. Blankowitsch was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1972. Mr. Blankowitsch’s daughter Mrs. Pat Whirl accepted his honor.
Mr. Burkholder has been serving the student-athletes at Carlisle High School as the Certified Athletic Trainer for the past 41 years, retired from teaching but still serving as an athletic trainer. He represents the model that we all wish for every secondary school athletic program. He was the one constant for the early years of PATS, keeping records and recording the important items and events. He was and is an untiring servant of the profession and the athletes he serves. No present or future athletic trainer could find a better father figure for the profession. He is as emotionally balanced as we have, with a great sense of humor. The best balance of caring with passion and the results of lessons learned with expert observation skills and a strong drive for knowledge. He has the insight to evaluate athletic performance and recognize the early signs of health problems. Today there are others like him in high schools of the State, but he was one of the firsts and served to help educate the present group. A PATS Founding Member in 1976, he was the Society’s first Secretary-Treasurer and a co-author of the original PATS By-Laws and Constitution. The Carlisle Sports Association Unsung Hero Award is presented in his honor annually to a male and female athlete who best fits the description of an “unsung hero”.
Otho L. Davis
The late Mr. Davis, who passed away on May 2nd, 2000 is probably best known as the former Executive Director of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association, a position he held from 1971-1989. More of his accomplishments are recorded in the minutes of NATA Board Meetings than any one of us knows. He was very politically astute at a time when the profession needed it. He knew how to work the crowd and find those who would help us build a stronger, better financed professional organization. His abilities to serve as a political force at a time that the professional organization most needed it may eventually prove to be more obvious than all the other talents that have been so will expressed these past few months. He was willing and able to spend the time and energy in organizational matters when no one else was. He gave a lot of young athletic trainers opportunities to get professional football experience and then helped them get jobs. He was very helpful during the early days of the professional education committee and arranged for funding for a variety of conferences and research for accreditation. He was unique in his ability to gather support from community members outside the world of sport. He was, in short, responsible for a lot of our profession’s growth. Mr. Davis is a PATS founding member from 1976 and our second President. It should be noted that Mr. Davis supported the creation of State organizations, such as PATS; at a time when our National Association was unsure that such action might prove detrimental to the future of the NATA. The subsequent growth of both the NATA and State Societies demonstrated his vision in 1976. He was the Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Eagles for 23 years and was voted the Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year (encompassing all professional leagues) five times. First time Otho Davis Scholarship recipient Mr. Robbie Incmikoski accepted Mr. Davis’ honor.
Phillip B. Donley
Mr. Donley has spent 40 years evaluating, treating and rehabilitating athletic injuries for athletes at all levels of competition and ages. He has had personal and professional experience with each member of this induction class and also with a great many of the first generation of athletic trainers nationally. It may be that his best contribution was to assemble the information he gained from those associations and structure its presentation in a way so a new generation of athletic trainers could learn from it. Mr. Donley served on the faculty and as Head Athletic Trainer at West Chester University for 26 years. He was a really good teacher. His former students love him. His Athletic Training Education Program was not only the first in the State, but also the first Co-ed program in the country. In 1965 he established a Co-ed athletic training room when few schools had one. He was a pioneer in helping women enter the field and hired the first full time female athletic trainer in 1966. Along with Bud Miller they were the heart and soul of early athletic training education. He is dedicated to the profession and is always there when you need him in professional organization matters. He continues to work behind the scenes to get things done and pushes his peers to step forward to take leadership roles. Three of his former students have served as Society President. In addition to being elected to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1991, Mr. Donley was awarded the NATA Distinguished Athletic Training Educator’s Award. His legacy can be found throughout our state Society and in its members.
Charles E. “Chuck” Medlar
The late Mr. Medlar, who passed away in 1999, spent 35 years working as an athletic trainer at the Pennsylvania State University, working primarily with their football team. He was a strong professional baseball prospect who was injured and continued in athletics, after a tour in the military in WW II, to help establish the foundation of the athletic health care system at Penn State University. Additionally he served as its Head Baseball coach for 15 years. His teams were always ready to play hard and they never let up regardless of the score. He was a strong critic of any care that was less than meeting a high standard. When he spoke to you, his large size and firm manner forced you to listen. Athletes, student trainers and coaches knew who the boss was in the athletic training room. Yet, his love of his peers in the profession made it easy for them to converse with him. For those he trusted, he was a frequent advisor. He was unique in that he taped knees and ankles while he was sitting down on a stool. He was at Penn State long enough to work with four different Head Football coaches. The respect he earned from the Penn State coaches was the same as they gave to their assistant coaches and his recommendations about a player’s readiness to play was rarely questioned. He was in every way a man’s man. He left little doubt about the importance that he felt for both the Eastern Athletic Trainer’s Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was and early organizer in both organizations. He was an attendee at the very first EATA and NATA conventions in 1949 and 1950. He was the Head Athletic Trainer for the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Dr. David Joyner accepted Mr. Medlar’s honor.
The late Dr. Moyer, who passed away in 1976, was the Team Physician for three schools simultaneously, (Germantown Academy, North Penn High School, and Lafayette College). Dr. Moyer is honored as the first physician inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame. He was one of the first to organize a sports medicine symposium, the Germantown Sports Medicine Symposium. The faculty of each symposium was eclectic in makeup with speakers from every profession that impacted the health care of athletes. He was a man of renaissance proportions who brought his vast knowledge of medicine, the classics, and the arts to form a love affair with athletes. He appreciated the beauty of it and its participants and the effect of exercise on the body. He acted in plays and wrote plays. His extensive library of more than 5,000 volumes contained subject matter that extended will beyond anyone’s imagination. He was a founding trustee for the American College of Sports Medicine. He was a great friend of the Athletic Trainer. He pushed for every secondary school to have an athletic trainer. He praised their work in all the sports medicine talks he gave to both medical and civic groups. He was a strong, early supporter for national certification of athletic trainers. It would be easy to underestimate the exact magnitude of his contributions to the development of sports medicine in the State and the nation because all of his efforts occurred before 1975. From 1960 to 1975, there was no stronger advocate for athletic trainers and the search for better ways to provide the best health care for athletes. The EATA’s most prestige award is named after Dr. Moyer and is presented annually to the team physician who goes “beyond the practice of medicine and gives of his/herself as a humanitarian to the community to improve the quality of life in general”. Dr. Moyer’s daughter Ms. Elizabeth J. Moyer accepted his honor.
Theodore “Ted” Quedenfeld
Every athletic trainer serving in a clinic setting today owes a big debt of gratitude for Ted opening that door of opportunity. Mr. Quedenfeld is credited with developing the first University/Hospital based Sports Medicine Center and the first Clinic Based outreach program for high school athletes in the United States. The direct result of his significant achievement was the creation of jobs for athletic trainers outside the “traditional setting.” This single event marked a milestone in the history of our profession. Mr. Quedenfeld is widely recognized as the father of the ‘clinical athletic trainer” in the United States. More than 50% of all athletic trainers nationally are employed in a nontraditional clinical athletic training/sports medicine setting. This demonstrates more so than anything else the impact of Ted’s pioneering move from the traditional setting. His example and encouragement taught untold numbers of physicians how to duplicate his clinical structure with staffing by athletic trainers. No one ever doubted where Ted stood on any issue, he told you straight out and loud. A deeply religious person who was extremely loyal to his colleagues and those he worked for. The designs of most sports medicine clinics today are mild variations of those that Ted designed for Temple University Hospital. In the early days, no one thought patients would come for health care to a place that looked like an athletic training room. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Temple University for 16 years and then moved onto Temple University Center for Sports Medicine as their Administrative Director for 20 years. Mr. Quedenfeld was President of EATA and inducted into Temple University’s Hall of Fame. He is the author of many of our Society’s original documents and was instrumental in the early organizational efforts of Pennsylvania athletic trainers.
Francis J. Sheridan
The late Mr. Sheridan spent over 30 years as an athletic trainer at Phillipsburg High School and Lafayette College. He along with his friend and professional colleague, Dr. David George Moyer, established a strong formal athletic health care service for Lafayette College. He was a regular presenter at coaching clinics, athletic training seminars and strongly involved in our Eastern and National organizations, serving as District II Director for two terms. One of Mr. Sheridan’s fellow inductees felt that Fran had the neatest athletic training room he had ever been in, everything with a place and everything in its place. Because Fran was a licensed Physical Therapist in New Jersey he felt he needed to establish the same type of environment in the athletic training room. Always in a white uniform he presented an obvious sign of cleanliness and order in his manner. He was always around professional meetings, supporting them and presenting various topics. He liked the political challenges provided by his role as NATA District II Director. He was very involved in placing athletic trainers and working for the welfare of members of our profession. Mr. Sheridan devoted a great deal of his free time to international events. These included: Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, AAU Track and Field Team, (which toured Germany, Poland, and the Soviet Union), and as an athletic trainer for the US Olympic Track and Field Team which competed against the Soviet Union after the 1976 Olympics. He is also a member of the NATA Hall of Fame. Mr. Sheridan’s daughter Mrs. Peggy Harrison accepted his honor.
Mr. Vogelsong served as an athletic trainer for 34 years at Mechanicsburg High School and Dickinson College. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Vogelsong was a founding member of our State Society in 1976. He was an early pioneer in the organization of sports medicine meetings to educate coaches. Never one to lead a parade, to call attention to himself or his efforts but let others rave about how much they learned from him and achievements of athletes he cared for. A shinning example of the model small college athletic trainer set in a time when many large Universities and colleges had no athletic trainer. Mr. Vogelsong set a high standard, a real pioneer in our State and profession. He had a quiet manner that often hid his expertise and he was not flamboyant. A believer in neat and tidy athletic training rooms, he once scolded a salesman for bringing a gift of powdered donuts into the room because it was too messy. He had the perfect personality for a caregiver. It was at Dickinson College where he provided student-athletes with much more than his services as an athletic trainer. He opened his home and befriended countless student-athletes there. He was inducted into the Dickinson College Sports Hall of Fame.
The late Mr. Waite spent the majority of his athletic training career at the University of Pittsburgh. He served as NATA District II Director and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. When he came to the University of Pittsburgh he was suffering from crippling arthritis in his hip. Along with his close friend, a polio victim, Dr. William Smith, the developed and amazingly effective athletic health care service. They invented and patented supports and braces for protecting and enhancing athletic activity. Pitt football fans finally got used to seeing the limping athletic trainer and limping doctor make their way onto the field to help an injured player because their reputation for excellent care was common knowledge in Pittsburgh and elsewhere. He was an early organizer of our Eastern and National organizations. He was a mild mannered man who coached the athletes with information and reason. They were usually quick to respond to his directions because of his successful record. He was very savvy about the life styles of athletes and knew how to motivate them to avoid making their conditions worse. The coaching staffs considered him to be more valuable than any coach. He left the University of Colorado in the late 30’s to go to Pitt. While at Colorado he took care of the All-American, Wizzar White and was a life long friend of the Supreme Court Justice. Howard was never too busy to listen and he carefully analyzed new and relative information. He was a warm and gracious, caring man. He had time for everyone and felt he needed to listen to everyone so he would be well advised for any situation. He treated everyone the same, as equals. Mr. Willie Myers accepted Mr. Waite’s honor.