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Hall of Fame

Candidates for the Hall of Fame have been certified members of the NATA, in good standing, for a minimum of 30 years. The Hall of Fame award recognizes the very best in our profession. This award for lifetime achievement honors dedicated members that have contributed to athletic training by their leadership, service, scholarship, promotion of the profession and professionalism at the local, state, district and national level. A Hall of Fame candidate exemplifies the mission statement of the NATA and the NATA Code of Ethics; by their conduct and advancement of the profession.


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Henry L. "Buck" Andel  1986 Doug May  1999
Robert M. Barton   1996 Thomas F. Lutz  1962
Martin Broussard  1978 Frank Mann  1962
Mike Chambers  1962 Charles F. Martin  1989
Ron Courson  2013 William H. "Bill" McDonald  2004
Don Fauls  1981 J. Lindsy McLean  1988 **
Michael Ferrara  2009 Warren Morris  1981
R. T. Floyd  2013 M.J. O'Brien  1964
Jim Gallaspy  2000 Nicholas A. Pappas  2012
Chris Gillespie  2012 Chris Patrick  1989
James H. Goostree  1984 Earl J. "Bubba" Porche  1978
Tad Gormley  1962 David Pursley 2008
Albert "Al" Green  2004 John "Jack" Redgren  2002
Sue Stanley-Green  2004 Jerry Rhea  1985
Charles Harper  1966 Jerry Robertson  2011
Earnest L. Harrington  1987 L. Davis Sandlin  1987
Eugene Harvey 1986 James L. Shoop 2012
M.K. Howard  1976 Claude Simons, Sr.  1962
Thomas J. "Tim" Kerin  1993 Larry Starr  2011
Chuck Kimmel  2011 Frank Wandle  1962
Dean Kleinschmidt  1994

Frank Walters  2010

Wesley Knight  1969 Keith Webster  2010
Sam Lankford  1970 Roy Don Wilson  2011
Donald D. Lowe  1999 ** Joe Worden  1984
W.J. Luchsinger  1967 Ken Wright  2014

**Moved to District IX since induction into NATA Hall of Fame.
 

Alphabetical List of Inductees:

HENRY L. ANDEL
ROBERT M. "BOBBY" BARTON
MARTIN J. BROUSSARD
MIKE CHAMBERS
RON COURSON
DONALD JAMES FAULS
MICHAEL FERRARA
R. T. FLOYD
JAMES B. GALLASPY, JR.

CHRIS GILLESPIE
JIM GOOSTREE
TAD GORMLEY

ALBERT "AL" GREEN
SUE STANLEY-GREEN

CHARLES E. HARPER
EARNEST L. HARRINGTON, SR.
EUGENE HARVEY
M. KENNETH HOWARD
THOMAS "TIM" KERIN
CHUCK KIMMEL
DEAN L. KLEINSCHMIDT
WESLEY I. KNIGHT
SAMUEL R. LANKFORD
DONALD D. LOWE
WERNER J. LUCHSINGER
THOMAS F. LUTZ
FRANK MANN
CHARLES F. MARTIN
JAMES DOUGLAS "DOUG" MAY
WILLIAM H. "BILL" McDONALD
J. LINDSY McLEAN
WARREN G. MORRIS
MICKEY O'BRIEN

NICHOLAS A. PAPPAS
J. C. PATRICK, JR.
EARL J. PORCHE

DAVID PURSLEY
JOHN "JACK" REDGREN
JERRY RHEA
JERRY ROBERTSON
L. DAVID "SANDY" SANDLIN

JAMES L. SHOOP
CLAUDE SIMONS, SR.
LARRY STARR
FRANK WANDLE
FRANK WALTERS

KEITH WEBSTER
ROY DON WILSON
JOE WORDEN

KEN WRIGHT

Year of Induction List:

1962 1970 1981 1993 2000 2010
1964 1976 1984 1994 2002 2011
1966 1978 1985 1996 2004 2012
1967   1986 1999 2008 2013
1969   1987   2009 2014
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1962  

MIKE CHAMBERS

Mike Chambers compiled a long and distinguished career as the head athletic trainer at Louisiana State University. Chambers, who has trained at several all-star games in the south, was so popular during his stint at LSU that the school's mascot - a live Bengal Tiger - was named in his honor.

TAD GORMLEY

Tad Gormley died near the place to which he dedicated his life - City Park Stadium near Loyola University. Every Sunday, Gormley was the overseer of the "Gormley Handicap Games," a track meet staged at City Park. Gormley, whose first love was track and field, served at Tulane, Loyola and Louisiana State Universities as head athletic trainer and track coach. Gormley died in 1965 at the age of 81.

THOMAS F. LUTZ

When Thomas "Fitz" Lutz was head athletic trainer at Georgia, he was instrumental in saving a season for the star of the team and keeping the Bulldogs rolling through "The Golden Era" of great Georgia teams. Lutz, who served at Georgia from 1938 to 1942, invented and patented a special face mask for the Bulldogs' star, Frankie Sinkwich, enabling him to play the entire season with a fractured jaw. Lutz eventually became the Baltimore Colts head athletic trainer for three seasons before coming to the University of North Carolina in 1950. Lutz died four years later in Chapel Hill at the age of 44.

FRANK MANN

Frank Mann, who served for almost 25 years as athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky, dedicated his life to fulfilling the need for qualified athletic trainers in the work of college sports. After completing a course in the art of handling the physical injuries and mental stresses of athletes, Mann accepted a job at the University of Indiana in 1906 as athletic trainer. After stints at Iowa, the University of Chicago and Purdue for the next 14 years, Mann landed at Kentucky and worked until his retirement in 1950. Mann died in 1957 at the age of 70.

CLAUDE SIMONS, SR.

Claude "Big Monk" Simons, who was the head trainer at Tulane University from 1921 until his death in 1943, has gone down in history as one of the great names in intercollegiate athletics. Simons also served as head coach in basketball, baseball, track and boxing while at Tulane. Simons was president of the Southern Amateur Athletic Union and had Tulane's olympic-size pool named in his honor. 

FRANK WANDLE

Frank Wandle was athletic trainer at Army, Yale and served two years at Louisiana State University before retiring. Dates are not available but he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1962.

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1964
 

MICKEY O'BRIEN

Mickey O'Brien went to work for the University of Tennessee in 1938 - just in time to help with three successive unbeaten seasons and trips to bowl games. Experts in sports medicine regard O'Brien as one of the premier college athletic trainers. He helped form the Southeastern Conference Trainers Association and serves as its first president. O'Brien, who is currently retired and living in Knoxville, was designated Trainer Emeritus in 1977 for the Volunteers' football team.

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1966

 
CHARLES E. HARPER

After graduating from Mercer College in 1923, Charles "Smokey" Harper became known as one of the most prominent athletic trainers in the Southeast Conference. From 1931 to 1936 he trained at Vanderbilt before moving on to Florida for a short time. In 1940 he returned to Vanderbilt, met Paul "Bear" Bryant and followed the coaching legend to Kentucky, Texas A&M and Alabama before he eventually retired.

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1967

 

WERNER J. LUCHSINGER

Werner "Dutch" Luchsinger was associated with sports in the southern section of the U.S. for 48 years. After graduating from Tulane where he was a standout in three sports, Luchsinger became the athletic director, track and basketball coach at Fortier High School in New Orleans from 1930 to 1941. Afterwards, he served as physical training director at a nearby athletic facility. Luchsinger served as head athletic trainer at Mississippi State from 1948 to 1964.

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1969

 

WESLEY I. KNIGHT

During his 28 years of athletic training at Ole Miss, Wesley "Doc" Knight served as president of the Southeastern Conference Trainers Association and the NCAA District III Trainers Association in 1962-63. Since his retirement, Knight has held the title of Trainer Emeritus at Ole Miss and has been active in the coaching ranks for the Special Olympics.

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1970 

 

SAMUEL R. LANKFORD

Samuel Lankford has been associated with athletic training and related activities, including publication, since 1930. Before coming to Virginia Tech in 1963 as head athletic trainer, Lankford spent 12 years at the University of Florida in the same position. For several years Lankford was the athletic training editor of the National Athletic Journal. Among his professional contributions are two books and numerous articles on athletic training and conditioning.

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1976

 

M. KENNETH HOWARD

Milford "Kenny" Howard, the head athletic trainer of Auburn athletes since 1949, is regarded as one of the top athletic trainers in the nation. He was one of seven Olympic athletic trainers in 1952, and has been the athletic trainer in both the Blue-Gray post-season all star game as well as the Senior Bowl. A 1948 graduate of Auburn, Howard was also selected for the Training Staff of the 1975 Pan American Games.

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1978

 

MARTIN J. BROUSSARD

Marty Broussard's athletic training career spans three decades at Louisiana State University. Broussard is currently the supervisor of athletic training at LSU and a member of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department. Broussard was an exceptional baseball and track athlete during his college days at LSU, but took time out to serve as a student athletic trainer for the football team. He was an athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympics in 1960 and for the 1955 Pan American Games.  

EARL J. PORCHE

Tulane has one of the nation's finest athletic trainers in the person of Earl "Bubba" Porche. In addition to his duties as athletic trainer at the Blue-Gray game, Porche served as athletic trainer for the U.S. Track Team that competed in three meets in Europe in 1967 and was an athletic trainer at the Pan-American Games in 1971. Porche came to Tulane from the Navy in 1946 as assistant athletic trainer as was subsequently named head athletic trainer.

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1981

 

DONALD JAMES FAULS

One of the most popular individuals associated with the Florida State athletic program is Don Fauls. Affectionately known as "Rooster". Fauls has been treating Florida State athletes since 1954. Fauls came to Florida State after serving as athletic trainer for professional baseball teams in Greensboro, North Carolina and Omaha, Nebraska. He has worked as an athletic trainer for the U.S. Pan American team and was a member of the Olympic Training Selection Committee.

WARREN G. MORRIS

Warren Morris learned athletic training from two of the profession's most notable athletic trainers - A. D. Dickerson of Northern Iowa University and Alfred " Duke" Wyre at the University of Maryland. From that solid background, Morris, who received his masters from the University of Maryland, went on to be named head athletic trainer at the University of Georgia in 1965. An active member of the NATA, Morris has been active in the athletic training scene in Georgia as well. He was the first licensed athletic trainer in the state of Georgia and later became the chairman for the Georgia License Examination of Athletic Training.

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1984

 

JIM GOOSTREE

Jim Goostree, a diversified college athlete, attended Southwestern at Memphis (two years) and then the University of Tennessee while earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in the early 1950's. He signed on as head athletic trainer at the University of Alabama in 1957, one year before the arrival of the late Paul "Bear" Bryant. In his long career with the Crimson Tide, Goostree served as head athletic trainer for the Blue-Gray All-Star game and as head athletic trainer for the Senior Bowl for 15 seasons. After 27 years as head athletic trainer, Goostree recently assumed the role of assistant athletic director at the university.

JOE WORDEN

It was during his undergraduate days at the University of Texas that Joe Worden first became interested in the care and prevention of athletic injuries. He had a good teacher - Texas athletic trainer Frank Medina, a former U.S. Olympic athletic trainer. Worden earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1948 and his master's in education the following year. In 1949, he accepted a position as athletic trainer at Vanderbilt University, where he has remained ever since. Worden, who handled all sports until 1971, now serves as head athletic trainer for the Commodore basketball team and assists with the football team and with club sports.

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1985

 

JERRY RHEA

Jerry Rhea entered the athletic training profession in 1958 while a student at Texas A&M. He was elected president of the NATA for 1986-87, and has served on many NATA committees. Jerry is a frequently requested convention and clinic speaker and has been head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Falcons since 1968. Before that, he was an assistant athletic trainer for the Los Angeles Rams. Jerry devoted the early years of his career to the Odessa (Texas) Schools, where he was head athletic trainer.

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1986

 

HENRY L. ANDEL

After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees from Georgia Tech, Henry "Buck" Andel became the head athletic trainer for all sports at Georgia Tech in 1948. The Georgia Tech football team went to 14 major bowl games during Buck's tenure as athletic trainer. He also worked as an athletic trainer for the 1960 Olympic Games and was a founder of the NATA, serving on the original board of directors in 1950.

EUGENE HARVEY

Since his days as an athletic trainer for the old Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Organization, Eugene "Doc" Harvey has continuously enhanced his skills as a dedicated rehabilitation specialist. Before moving to Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles when the Dodgers moved west, Doc served as an athletic trainer in Pueblo, Colorado, and Montreal, Canada. Known as a hard worker who keeps his players in excellent condition, Doc currently supervises the athletic training and rehabilitative facility at Grambling State University - a facility ranked as one of the best in Division I-AA.

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1987

 

EARNEST L. HARRINGTON, SR.

Earnest "Doc" Harrington wears many hats at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is head athletic trainer, equipment manager and varsity tennis coach. Currently a full colonel in the United States Army Reserve, he is a popular speaker at many sports medicine and tennis seminars and workshops and has had a number of articles published over the years. Doc has been athletic trainer for many social events during his career, including the Senior Bowl (since 1960) and the Saudi Arabia Sports Medicine Symposium (1983). He was also the first director and project coordinator for the nationally approved Athletic Training Specialization program at the University of Southern Mississippi.

L. DAVID "SANDY" SANDLIN

Sandy Sandlin was head athletic trainer at the University of Chattanooga from 1938 until 1975, during which time he also spent a year as athletic trainer at Georgia Tech (1944-45). An All-Star Athletic Trainer for the Southern Baseball League, Sandy moved from the University of Chattanooga to The Baylor School in 1975 to serve as head athletic trainer until 1979. Among his many honors, in 1973 Sandy was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He was also presented with a 25-Year Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1973.

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1988 

 

J. LINDSY MCLEAN

Lindsy McLean began his career as a student athletic trainer in 1956 at Vanderbilt. By 1963 he had earned the position of Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Physical Therapy at the University of California. Lindsy served as head athletic trainer and instructor at both San Jose University and the University of Michigan. In 1979 he became the head athletic trainer for the San Francisco 49'ers, where he has serves until this day. He has been honored both as a staff athletic trainer for the U. S. Olympic Committee and as the College Trainer of the Year. Lindsy is best remembered for his pioneering work in developing examination and certification requirements for the NATA, which he accomplished while serving on the Professional Advancement Committee for the NATA. He also served as the Chairman of the NATA Certification Committee. The programs he has helped establish have advanced the recognition and prestige of the athletic training profession.

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1989 

 

CHARLES F. MARTIN

Charlie Martin received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Oklahoma, after being discharged from the Army. He then went on to the Head Athletic Trainer position at Baltimore Junior College and then at Northeast Louisiana University, where he worked for nearly 25 years. Charlie received the 25-year award from the NATA and was elected to the Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Hall of Fame. He was a founding father of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association. Charlie is best known for his pioneering research on the effects of heat and humidity in athletes. His writings on the topic were published numerous times throughout his career. Charlie was also an expert on the topic of drug testing. He traveled extensively around the nation and throughout the world lecturing on these topics, sharing the benefits of his pioneering work. Charlie will be remembered as an outstanding ambassador for the athletic training profession and his work will be missed.

J. C. PATRICK, JR.

Chris Patrick began his career as an athletic trainer while pursuing his under-graduate degree at the University of Tennessee. After receiving his masters degree at Eastern Kentucky, Chris went on to serve as an athletic trainer at several major universities, ultimately taking over the position of Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Florida, where he is currently working. Chris has enjoyed several professional distinctions, including becoming a consultant for Bike, Johnson & Johnson and Nike and receiving the Nutrament College Trainer of the Year Award. Indicative of his commitment to community involvement, Chris was elected Volunteer of the Year by the Gainesville, Florida Boys Club in 1977. Among many other positions with the NATA, Chris served for five years as a member of the NATA Board of Directors. Chris' work within the profession and in his local community has helped to broaden and enhance the image of athletic training.

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1993

 

THOMAS "TIM" KERIN

Thomas "Tim" Kerin graduated from Westinghouse Memorial High School in Wilmerding, PA in 1965 and received his B.S. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1969. After graduation, Tim began his professional career as the Head Athletic Trainer and a math instructor at Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh. In 1972 Tim was awarded an M.S. in mathematics from Indiana University of PA and became Head Athletic Trainer and an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He received an M.Ed. in Physiology of Exercise from that university in 1976. Tim became the Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Tennessee in 1977 and helped the football team achieve seven victories in 11 appearances before his death in 1992. Tim served on the NATA's Program and Convention Committees from 1979 until 1991. He was chairman of the SEATA's Awards Committee from 1988 until 1992. In addition to serving on the athletic training staffs of over two dozen local, regional and national athletic events, Tim was extremely active in the community. In 1986 he was a founding member of Knoxville's Metropolitan Drug Commission and served as president of that organization from 1987 to 1989. Tim received a Chancellor's Citation from the University of Tennessee in 1990 and the Southeast Athletic Trainer's Association Award of Merit in 1991. In 1992, Tim was named Trainer of the Year by the Tennessee Athletic Trainer's Society.
 

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1994

 

DEAN L. KLEINSCHMIDT

A native of Morgan, Minnesota and graduate of Indiana University, Dean Kleinschmidt joined the New Orleans Saints as an assistant athletic trainer in 1969 under Warren Arial and was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer in 1971. He has served three terms as President of the Professional Athletic Trainers' Society and he has been a member of their Executive Committee since 1982. He was named "Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year" in 1986, and he and assistant Kevin Mangum were honored as the "NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year" following the 1986 season. In 1991, he was the local host of the annual NATA Clinical Symposium in New Orleans. Dean served as Chairman of Medical Support for the 1992 Olympic Track Trials, also held in New Orleans. He was inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 1990. He received the NATA 25-Year Award in 1992. He currently serves on the NATA Grants and Scholarship Committee.
 

Dean Kleinschmidt - Hall of Fame 1994 from National Athletic Trainers' Assn on Vimeo.

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1996

 

ROBERT M. "BOBBY" BARTON

Bobby Barton served as an athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky, the University of Florida and Florida International University, prior to going to Eastern Kentucky University as Head Athletic Trainer and Program Director in 1976. He served as District IX Director and as NATA Vice President prior to being NATA President from 1982 to 1986. He was a member of the NATA Placement Committee, Public Relations Committee, and the Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors. He co-authored the Commonwealth of Kentucky's athletic training certification law, and continued to serve his state district, and national organization in numerous professional endeavors. He remained a practicing athletic trainer while earning professional rank at Eastern Kentucky University and served as head athletic trainer for USA Basketball's World Championship Team at the 1995 World University Games. Barton presently serves as Chair of the Research and Education Foundation's nominating committee and is a member of the committee planning the NATA's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Convention.
 

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1999

 

DONALD D. LOWE

A native of Marietta, Ohio, Donald D. Lowe earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Kent State University, where he also served as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer in 1965, Assistant Athletic Trainer 1966-1969, and Head Athletic Trainer from 1969-1975. Since 1975, Mr. Lowe has been the Coordinator of Sports Medicine at Syracuse University. Mr. Lowe has served the greater Syracuse community and the Central New York region by creating the organizational structure and becoming the Executive Director of Onondaga Sports Medicine Clinics in 1986. Mr. Lowe has a multitude of U.S.O.C. experience, highlighted by his services as the Men’s Basketball Athletic Trainer in the 1983 Pan American Games, and on the U.S. Olympic Training Staff at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. Mr. Lowe has served the NATA on various committees and was the Secretary of District 2 from 1982-1992. Mr. Lowe, along with other New York State ATCs, was instrumental in forming the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association and served as President of that association from 1984-1986; Empire State Games host athletic trainer, as well as helping to obtain professional regulation of athletic trainers in New York State. Mr. Lowe has received many awards for his outstanding service, highlighted by his 1983 Thomas Sheehan Award for Most Outstanding Athletic Trainer in New York State, National Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year by the NATA in 1986, Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association "Cramer’s Excellence Award" in 1991, NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 1995, and now his selection to the NATA Hall of Fame Class of 1999.
 

Donald Lowe - Hall of Fame 1999 from National Athletic Trainers' Assn on Vimeo.

JAMES DOUGLAS "DOUG" MAY

James Douglas "Doug" May began his career as a student athletic trainer working with Wes Knight at the University of Mississippi in 1967. He has served as a certified athletic trainer at Florida State University, Tennessee Technological University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University of Women, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and, most recently, at the McCallie School. He has been honored as an NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer and as a member of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame. May has served as vice-president of the NATA and as a District Nine Director. In addition, he is a former District Nine president and secretary/treasurer. May is a charter member of the Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association and served as its first president. He is a co-author of the book "Signs and Symptoms of Athletic Injuries," and was a member of the medical staff for the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba and the 1991 World Winter University Games in Japan.
 

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JAMES B. GALLASPY, JR.

James B. (Jim) Gallaspy, Jr. is a native of Jackson, MS and was born on September 8, 1948. Jim began his athletic training career serving as a student athletic trainer at Peeples Junior High School and Provine High School. He went on to The University of Southern Mississippi in 1966 to work under the NATA Hall of Fame member Larry "Doc" Harrington. After graduation from Southern Miss, Jim received employment at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida as a teacher/athletic trainer where he worked for three years and then in 1973 he enrolled at Indiana State University. After attending Indiana State University, Jim worked at Moline Senior High School as a teacher/athletic trainer and in 1074 he returned to The University of Southern Mississippi where he worked for 26 years. Jim has been President of the Mississippi Athletic Trainers' Association, Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association and served on the NATA Board of Directors from 1994-1997. He received the Sayers "Bud" Miller Distinguished Athletic Trainer Educator Award in 1992 and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1995. He is a member of the University of Southern Mississippi M-Club Alumni Hall of Fame and received the All American Football Foundation Outstanding Athletic Trainer award in March 2000. Jim is married to the former Sue Barnett and they have two children Kim and Jay.
 

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2002

 

JOHN "JACK" REDGREN

Jack Redgren was born in the small town of Winnebago, Minnesota in 1942. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1964 and served in the United States Army from 1965-1967. After leaving the armed services, Jack graduated from the Mayo Clinic School of Physical Therapy in 1969. His first job as an athletic trainer was working under fellow hall of famer Lindsy McLean at the University of Michigan for two years. From there, Jack moved south to Vanderbilt University where he served for 10 years. Since 1981, Jack has worked in the private sector treating varsity, professional and recreational athletes.

A pioneer in the field of athletic training education, Jack served the NATA Professional Education Committee for 17 years and enjoyed every minute of it.
 

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2004

 

ALBERT "AL" GREEN

Al Green has been serving the Athletic Training Profession on the national, district and state levels since attending his first NATA convention in 1970 as a freshman college student. Al received his BS degree from the University of Michigan and his MEd from the University of Arizona. Highlights of Mr. Green’s service includes: Chairperson for the NATA public relations committee, member of the Board of Certification and convention registration committee, Chair Dist 9 public relations committee, President and Vice President of the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society. Al started his career as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Michigan then spent 17 years as head athletic trainer at the University of Kentucky.  Al volunteered with the USOC and worked two Olympic Sports Festivals and the 2003 Pan American Games.

Mr. Green was the 2001 recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. Al served his community as Medical Director of the Blue Grass State Games and as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He received the Certificate of Valor in 1994 from the Kentucky Department of Fire Prevention for saving two people from their burning home.  Al is married to fellow NATA Hall of Fame recipient, Sue Stanley-Green.  They are the first husband and wife NATA members to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
 

Al Green - Hall of Fame 2004 from National Athletic Trainers' Assn on Vimeo.

WILLIAM H. "BILL" McDONALD

Born in Carbon Hill, Alabama, Bill attended the University of Alabama and served as a student athletic trainer and manager for the Crimson Tide.  He was a high school athletic trainer/coach in the Dekalb and Cobb County School Systems in Georgia and the Director of Sports Medicine for Georgia Tech (15 years) and the University of Alabama (17 years).  Bill was an athletic trainer for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.  He received the Athletic Trainer Service Award in 1996 and the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2001 from the NATA.  He has been a member of NATA since 1967.

Bill McDonald - Hall of Fame 2004 from National Athletic Trainers' Assn on Vimeo.

SUE STANLEY-GREEN

Sue Stanley–Green received her BS from The Ohio State University and her MS from Purdue University. She served as Director of Intramural Recreational Services at East Carolina University. While at ECU, she met NATA Executive Secretary Mary Edgerly when the national office was in Greenville, N.C.   It was through this introduction to the NATA that Sue started her extensive service to the NATA and the athletic training profession.

Her athletic training career included being the Associate Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Kentucky and the first women to work SEC Football, Athletic Trainer-Physician Extender for Kentucky Sports Medicine Clinic, Head Athletic Trainer at Centre College and at the time of her induction into the Hall of Fame, Program Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Florida Southern College.

Sue’s service to the profession includes serving as a member of the NATA Board of Directors, a two time Director on the Board of Certification, President of District 9, Vice President of the Kentucky Athletic Trainers Society, and Co-Medical Director of the Bluegrass State Games.  She traveled internationally with USA Basketball Teams.

Ms Stanley – Green’s awards include the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, SEATA Award of Merit, SEATA Backbone Award and was the recipient of the 2004 American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Excellence in Athletic Training.

She is married to fellow Hall of Fame recipient Al Green. They are the first married couple inducted into the Hall of Fame.

 

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2008

 

DAVID PURSLEY

David Pursley has been involved in athletic training from student trainer in high school to reaching head trainer status with major league baseball.  His minor league years allowed time to be athletic trainer at Evansville and Clemson colleges, during the off-season.  The 42 years spent in the major league with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves were high-lighted by 5 World Series appearances, 1 World Series Championship, 4 All Star games and 1 All Star Tour in Japan.  Dave played a pivotal role in getting athletic trainer licensing requirements enacted into law in Georgia.  He is a charter member of PBATS.

David Pursley Hall of Fame Video

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2009

 
Title #23 MICHAEL FERRARA

Michael Ferrara has taken athletic training to the global scene. He was the founding president of the World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy, and in 2010 he earned distinction as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching athletic training in Ireland. Ferrara has also been active in providing care for Paralympic athletes and the U.S. Disabled Sports Team. He is a professor and program director at University of Georgia.

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2010

 
Frank Walters

FRANK WALTERS

Brooklyn native Frank Walters learned a key lesson from his first athletic training mentor, Bill Chisolm: think big-picture. He has spent a career doing exactly that – and challenging others to do the same. He has impacted ethnic diversity in athletic training, education, job improvement, athlete health care. Well known for building the athletic training program in the District of Columbia public schools, Walters now runs an outreach program in Broward County, Fla.
 

Frank Walters - 2010 Hall of Fame from National Athletic Trainers' Assn on Vimeo.

Keith Webster

KEITH WEBSTER

Many athletic trainers have fought for governmental recognition, but Keith Webster stands out in the crowd. Early on, Webster saw the value of legislative affairs and effectively lobbied NATA to make it a priority. He led the Governmental Affairs Committee for a decade and continues to push for legislative initiatives. Webster is an assistant professor and head athletic trainer at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky.
 

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2011

 
CHUCK KIMMEL

Chuck Kimmel was elected NATA president in 2004 and helped the association grow despite one of the nation’s worst recessions. Among his many accomplishments, the Involve & Evolve! initiative to grow young leaders launched during his tenure, and he helped develop NATA’s Political Action Committee. Kimmel’s career at Austin Peay State University lasted 25 years before he accepted a position as Injury Clinic Director at Appalachian State.

 

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JERRY ROBERTSON

A graduate of East Tennessee State, Jerry Robertson returned to ETSU and helped start the state’s first graduate athletic training education program. Robertson was elected president of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association in 1988 and served as three-year term as district director from 1991-94. Robertson left ETSU in 2003 and helped organize a secondary school outreach program at Watauga Orthopaedic in Johnson City, Tenn.
 

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LARRY STARR

One of the youngest head ATs in MLB history, Larry Starr was the first to be certified. He worked for the Cincinnati Reds from 1972-1992 and was part of four World Series championships. Starr is known for revolutionizing the profession in pro baseball, becoming the first to implement an extensive weight-training program. He worked for the Marlin before becoming adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern and President of Starr Athletic Solutions, LLC.

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ROY DON WILSON

Known as a determined leader advocate for clinical athletic trainers late in his career, Roy Don Wilson died in 1992 after battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Wilson worked in the high school setting before stints at The Citadel, Florida State and Kentucky. He was Head Athletic Trainer at Kentucky before moving to the Sports Rehab Clinic in Houston in 1988. He was appointed by the governors of Kentucky, Texas and Louisiana to speak on behalf of the profession.
 

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2012

 
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CHRIS GILLESPIE

Chris Gillespie is director of athletic training education at Samford University where he has worked for more than three decades. Past president of the Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association and co-founder of its annual student meeting, Gillespie also served on the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee. As one of the first athletic trainers to support sickle cell trait screening and be an advocate for athletes with this condition, he was part of the NATA Inter-Association Task Force on Sickle Cell Trait and the Athlete and has spoken extensively and published on this topic. Gillespie’s work with endurance athletes through TEAM 413 – GRACERUNNER MINISTRIES, a non-profit ministry he founded in 2003, is of significant importance.
 

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#269 NICHOLAS A. PAPPAS

Nick Pappas, known for his legislative efforts, crafted the language for the Tennessee Practice Act and the creation of the state’s Board of Athletic Trainers. He served as the charter president of the Georgia state association and president of the Tennessee association. He was instrumental in the formation of the Arena Football League Physicians and Athletic Trainers Association and has been involved as a volunteer and leader for many professional organizations and causes. Pappas works for the Florida State University Department of Athletics and teaches in the athletic training curriculum.

 

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#272 JAMES L. SHOOP

Jay Shoop is known for his keen interest in the history of the profession and reimbursement. As head athletic trainer at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he developed and implemented an international medical poly-clinic model within the Olympic Village and established a communication process that has been utilized since at the Games. Shoop was active with instituting Georgia’s favorable licensure bill and is a member of the East Tennessee State University and Georgia Athletic Trainers Association halls of fame. Formerly head athletic trainer for the Buccaneers and the Detroit Lions, Shoop is currently director of sports medicine at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
 

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2013

 
#279 RON COURSON

Ron Courson is a national leader in emergency care and the issue of sudden death. He has served on numerous committees and task forces and was instrumental in writing several NATA position statements on the following topics: spine injury management, preventing sudden death and emergency preparation in athletics. Courson was a leader in developing the athletic training education program at the University of Georgia, where he currently serves as associate athletic director of sports medicine. His dedication to the profession is demonstrated by the compassionate care he provides his student athletes, his efforts toward promoting legislation that improves the welfare of student athletes and the development of an emergency medical plan that is credited with saving lives.

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#280 R. T. FLOYD

R.T. Floyd’s career as an athletic trainer began when he became the first head athletic trainer at the University of West Alabama as a freshman. He has now served as a faculty member at the university for nearly 40 years and is the director of athletic training. Known by his colleagues as one of the most devoted athletic trainers in the profession, Floyd’s legacy to athletic training will be his service and dedication. Floyd is a former member of the NATA Board of Directors. He was also elected as a representative on the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board of Directors, becoming the first member to be elected to serve simultaneously on both the NATA and the NATA Foundation Board of Directors. Floyd is currently an active volunteer at the local, state and national level and will serve as the next president of the NATA Research and Education Foundation.

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2014

 
  KEN WRIGHT

 

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