November 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm
Nominee
Aaron Bruns
from WSD/Holt/AXES
E: [email protected] | W: 913-620-8830 | C: 913-620-8830

Aaron has earned the complete trust of our coaches, and parents. He communicates to the highest degree. Our staff trusts him and the AXES staff completely with the care of our students.

Aaron makes himself available as needed. During the fall he is available every Saturday. In addition to the crazy hours he works he makes himself available by phone to our coaches and families. Additionally he travels to as many post season events as possible. He works diligently to get our kids in to doctors as needed as quickly as possible.

In addition to his duties to our high school Aaron is the AXES manager and supervisors for their Athletic Trainers. He is often on rare nights off traveling to support them, and mentor them at their location. He meets with them, their coaches, and administration to help guide them in growth.

Aaron has a diverse background in athletic training including working with the St. Louis Cardinals which helps him impact in our area. I know he has met with local leaders from other Athletic Trainer programs to discuss how to bring more people into the profession, and more importantly how to deal with the ongoing shortage.

Aaron puts a high priority on community. In the rare cases that he misses work it is almost always for Has earned the respect of the staff that they work with and the student-athletes or patients they care for
Goes beyond their job description to support their student-athletes or patients
Mentors other athletic trainers in terms of career development
Has taken action to advance the athletic training profession
Prioritizes community service service. He continues to work dream camps, and several community service events with the cardinals throughout the year.

Nominated by
Jason Green
from Holt High School
E: [email protected] | W: 636-327-3876 | P: 314-574-9930


November 17, 2022 at 3:21 am
Nominee
Aaron Kremmel
from Belleville East High School
E: [email protected] | W: (618) 531-9668 | C:

Aaron works tirelessly in many areas of his life. He is a key cog in running the Southwestern Conference Athletic Trainer annual continuing education conference each summer for the last 10 years. He has taken on roles both in IHSA SMAC and IATA secondary schools committee co-chair. ATs from the area certainly appreciate his efforts. He is very active in both roles which have included bringing Korey Stringer Institute’s TUFSS conference to Illinois for the first time. Out of this a major upgrade to state policies on heat illness occurred. Aaron also managed the state association safety in football initiative this year. He continues to advocate for the health and safety of not only his student athletes but athletes throughout the state. He continues to work on educating stakeholders on the importance of athletic training in secondary schools and is helping to develop relationships with them. He additionally work equally as hard to support his family and community. He and his family have worked to support charitable events specifically supporting autism charities.

Nominated by
Andy Renner
from Alton High school
E: [email protected] | W: 6187913592 | P: 6187913592


December 2, 2022 at 5:37 pm
Nominee
Aaron Swain
from Mccracken County
E: [email protected] | W: 270-538-4150 | C: 270-227-3632

Aaron is always going the extra mile for the kids and the school. He travels to away games and works tournaments for teams. He will be at the tournament 10 to 12 hours a day. Never complains and just does his job as a trainer. He is a single parent and does a great job with his daughter. He is a great candidate for the award.

Nominated by
Tim Whitis
from Mccracken County
E: [email protected] | W: 270-519-2716 | P: 270-519-2716


November 10, 2022 at 3:35 pm
Nominee
Alexandra Vinson
from Southside High School / Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas – Prisma Health–Upstate
E: [email protected] | W: 864-382-9083 | C: 864-382-9083

Alex is a hard-working, dedicated, passionate and caring person that gives her all to take care of our athletes here at Southside High School. She spends countless hours covering games and practices without a single complaint. She assists the AD with grant writing to get much needed rehab equipment that the school budget didn’t allow for. Alex mentors 3-5 students each year who aspire to be athletic trainers and allows them to assist her on game nights and learn first-hand what the job entails. Most of all, Alex is highly respected by our entire athletic department and we are thankful she here with us. In addition to her countless hours here, she also serves as an AT on weekends for various youth soccer leagues that her husband is involved with on a volunteer basis and also serves as the head trainer for the semi-professional women’s soccer league here in town known as the Greenville Liberty SC. She definitely sacrifices her life to give back through her AT work. I highly recommend Alex. You will not find a more passionate and caring trainer in the profession. She is truly amazing.

Nominated by
Jim Shuman
from Southside High School / Athletic Director
E: [email protected] | W: 8643558734 | P: 8434225917


November 15, 2022 at 6:23 pm
Nominee
Alicia Rhodes
from Lincolnton High/Atrium Health
E: [email protected] | W: 980-241-9103 | C: 980-241-9103

Alicia has done an outstanding job this year with our sports programs. She did a great job the year before, even though she missed some time with the birth of her son. She’s made accommodations with each sport wherever they need help, and she’s been willing to stay late or come early. Whatever the case may be, she’s been a great asset to our sports program.

Alicia has made it a point to seek out new athletic trainers from competing teams, and has been willing to show them various things that will make their jobs easier.

Once again, she has gone above and beyond numerous times. She managed to cover football practice, while also helping the wrestling program get started with hydration testing. After that, she will come up to the basketball gym and cover both boys and girls basketball workouts. She puts a lot of time in that often goes unnoticed. Then she still manages to make it home and spend time with her son.

I believe that she would be a great example of everything that this award embodies.

Nominated by
Brent Gates
from Lincolnton High School
E: [email protected] | W: 704-473-1856 | P: 704-473-1856


November 30, 2022 at 9:22 pm
Nominee
Allison Des Rochers
from Tenino High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3607914758 | C:

Allison goes above and beyond to support our student athletes. She attends practices daily, runs rehabs and injury prevention constantly. She then attends all football games, home soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball and track contests. All while working off-site.

The hours she puts in are endless. She’s a great, extemely appreciated, resource for our students

Nominated by
Nick Bamer
from Tenino HS
E: [email protected] | W: 3607914758 | P: 3605892271


November 22, 2022 at 10:50 am
Nominee
Amy Annette
from Hampton Roads Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 7578849169 | C: (540) 819-1309

Hard-working, patient, thorough, and kind, Amy Annette is one of the most valued, trusted, and respected individuals on our campus. Constantly working to connect with others and to hone her craft, she gives top-notch care to all our athletes, not just for game day injuries, but also for preventative and rehabilitative purposes. Her strong relationships extend beyond our campus to other athletic directors, local doctors, and club sports organizations. We are fortunate to have her as our AT and believe she is deserving of this special recognition.

Nominated by
Laura Stoner
from Hampton Roads Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 7578849155 | P: 7573421548


October 25, 2022 at 4:26 pm
Nominee
Andrew Cavey
from Brighton High School/UM Med Sport
E: [email protected] | W: 810-299-4202 | C: 269-275-0727

Having been an AD for over 25 years, I can truly attest that Mr. Drew Cavey is the best I have EVER worked with! He meets all 5 points of this criteria. We have 155 coaches that he services and has the complete respect, trust and confidence of every coach, student athlete, and parent that is involved in Brighton Athletics! Drew calls parents on injuries not just the initial call but follow up calls, helps them with appoints, rehab, and return to play diligently regardless of sport or level. He mentors other CAT in S.E. Michigan and is always there for every kid at every contest, regardless of which team they are on and likewise has responded to medical emergencies in the crowd. Mr. Cavey has built a robust student trainer program at Brighton which has helped numerous kids after graduation as they move on to medical studies in their post high school experiences. On the last criteria, Mr. Cavey has willing always stepped up to cover Unified Sports, community events, school based non-ath. dept events and always does so with the same professionalism and care as if it was a Varsity event. Here are some snippets from some of our parents and kids which should shine a light on this extraordinary person and professional: JT,
I just wanted to send you a note to tell you how much Drew has ment to our family. Jacalynn has trained under him for 3 years and has gone onto Hope College and is better prepared than the juniors there. Drew has done a great job preparing her and teaching her. Now Kendra is in her second year under Drew and he has excepted her after she was cut from the volleyball team the very next day Drew said join us! Kendra feels like she has found her place also.
Now my youngest is playing volleyball and has gotten hurt already and Drew has helped her get back on the court quickly!
I just can’t imagine Bright High School without Drew. He means so much to so many people! Hi Mr Thompson,

I was just thinking how fortunate we are to have drew and the other trainers who take care of us at football and really appreciate how drew always is there for sports and really takes pride in his work. I just wanna say how great he is and how lucky we are to have a trainer as good as him.
Thank you,
Mason Mullally

Hello All;

I wanted to reach out to all of you to praise Drew Cavey. First and foremost, Drew has always done a great job with the students, injured or not. I have witnessed this firsthand, but only relatively minorly, until last Friday. Cade’s injury was a devastating event for all of us, but Drew handled Cade, Hunter and us very calmly and reassuringly. His initial assessment of Cade’s injury was spot-on (unfortunately) and he moved quickly to get Cade stable. Furthermore, Drew moved Heaven and Earth to get Cade into an orthopedic doctor and pre-hab as soon as humanly possible. He even volunteered to go with us to the appointment. Drew has repeatedly gone above and beyond for us all, helping Cade during the school day and taking my endless calls and text questions. I just want to make sure that Drew is recognized for all his hard, excellent and compassionate work.

Thank you!

Clarissa Riddle

These are just from the last couple months but represent the feed back that I get from our coaches, kids, and their parents each and every season regarding Mr. Drew Cavey. Please give him your strongest consideration for this recognition as he is truly deserving in being recognized for his selfless service to all!

John Thompson, C.M.A.A., Ed’S
District Administrator
Brighton Area Schools
Brighton, MI

Nominated by
John David Thompson
from Brighton Area Schools
E: [email protected] | W: 8102994186 | P: 8102231613


November 29, 2022 at 2:39 pm
Nominee
April Gonzalez
from Miami Southridge SHS
E: [email protected] | W: 3053101767 | C:

April has put in so much effort to give the best quality care she can for her athletes. She is always teaching her student athletic trainers what it is to be a great athletic trainer. Within the past year she saved an athletes life by performing CPR and implementing her emergency action plan. She was recognized by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida for her life saving measures. She always goes above and beyond for all her athletes.

Nominated by
Alexander Cardona
from EMT/ Fire fighter
E: [email protected] | W: 7869756882 | P:


November 10, 2022 at 5:35 pm
Nominee
Ashley Holt
from Pineville High School
E: [email protected] | W: 318-442-8990 | C: 318-613-0011

Mrs Ashley Holt is an outstanding Athletic Trainer that goes above and beyond for all of the athletes in our athletic programs. She exhibits all of the characteristics that one would want in an athletic trainer. She communicates effectively with coaches and parents and has won the respect of the entire coaching staff. She teaches First Responder and EMR classes to the students and does an outstanding job. It is an honor to nominate Mrs Ashley Holt as the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award.

Nominated by
Marvin Hall
from Pineville High School
E: [email protected] | W: 318-442-8990 | P: 318-528-9395


November 1, 2022 at 3:19 pm
Nominee
Bailee Bobert
from Temple University
E: [email protected] | W: 215-204-9323 | C:

Bailee has done a phenomenal job in the 2 years she’s been on staff. She worked Men’s Basketball, Volleyball, Crew, Fencing and Football in her short time here. She’s very caring and skilled which translates well with our student-athletes. Bailee mentors several of our AT & PT students. She’s started a local AT summit with AT from around the area as well as met with legislators to change existing laws.

Nominated by
Kevin Addison
from Temple University
E: [email protected] | W: 8034679652 | P:


December 1, 2022 at 5:09 pm
Nominee
Bert Lenz
from Boston College
E: [email protected] | W: 617-552-8779 | C: 617-312-6344

Bert has been at Boston College since 1996. This is his 26th year at Boston College and his 15th year as director of athletic training for Olympic sports. During this time, Bert has created a culture of trust, knowledge and empathy for all 700 plus athletes at Boston College. Bert consistently works 12 – 16 hour days. Starting in the morning at 6 am hockey workouts leading up to 7pm Doctor clinics. This is very important to Bert because he feels his job as an athletic trainer is to be there for his athletes when they need him the most at time they are at their weakest. He helps guide the female and male athletes through some of their toughest times in their athletic careers. Bert consistently has both female and male athletes return to see him well after they graduate. He has pro hockey players that come into Boston to play the Bruins make a point to stop by BC to see him and most times have him treat them.

Bert mentors new hires at Boston College, especially resident Athletic Trainers who are new to the profession and helps with the transition into Division 1 athletics. Bert fosters an environment that promotes growth and support for new athletic trainers. Although Bert is primarily assigned to men’s ice hockey, he is loved and respected by athletes from multiple sports here at Boston College.

Bert goes above and beyond to foster relationships with athletes and support them in personal development as well as athletically. He is rock of support for mental well being as a whole person to excel in their lives outside sport. He continues to volunteer time to support any needs of the Boston College athletic community past and present in what ever capacity he can. Embodies mind, body and spirit in efforts to all he encounters to ever to excel in Life.

Nominated by
Russell DeRosa
from Boston College
E: [email protected] | W: 617-552-2155 | P: 978-979-7994


November 16, 2022 at 2:45 pm
Nominee
Betsy Billings
from Lake-Sumter State College
E: [email protected] | W: (352) 435-6320 | C: (407)8402085

Betsy works with all student-athletes on a daily basis, assisting them with nutritional planning and setting strength and conditioning programs that are outside of her normal duties. She is able to set up planning and programing for mental health issues and has purchased software to create baseline information to assist student-athletes and help to recognize early warning signs to assist with interventions.
Betsy also works has developed a student trainer program that includes scholarships for those interested in the medical fields. She mentors four (4) student-trainers and has created an educational program to program to train them in basic first aid, CPR, and AED certifications. She works with those students and requires the “Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries” course for all her student-trainers. Betsy is service oriented and responsible for over 100 student-athletes. She also mentors and treats some of our faculty, staff, and coaches with personal injuries and rehabilitation programs. She is able to work with and mentor several of our local high school athletic trainers and conducts workshops for those interested in improving their skills and applications.

Nominated by
MIchael Matulia
from Lake-Sumter State College
E: [email protected] | W: 3535162235 | P: 3525162235


December 1, 2022 at 5:30 am
Nominee
Brad Kleine
from Homewood Flossmoor High School (IL)
E: [email protected] | W: (708) 799-3000 | C: (708) 670-3520

Brad is the head AT of our 3 ATs at HF High School whom also works with Athletico. He’s been at HF for +15 years. All of our coaches and student-athletes trust him! In fact when someone needs to be seen we say, “Go see Brad.”

He goes beyond the scope of his duties in multiple ways such as working insanely past his contracted hours, heading both the academic and scholastic concussion protocols, checking and monitoring +8 AED machines, certifying COR/AED applicants, managing 3 different training rooms on campus, among many other duties. Brad also regularly subs in the building during the day as well!

Brad has recently built a HS AT Intership program mentoring aspiring students that would like to become ATs. The ATs take a summer course (for credit) on AT before the internship starts that goes through all 3 of our athletic seasons servicing our 31 sports. 1 other item of importance is that the class is full meaning that there is a waiting list to be considered for an internship or take the class and an application process. It really is an outstanding set up! It’s exciting to talk to all of the students about their excitement to become ATs.

Brad and his staff also volunteer for community events such as being available for our 1/2 marathon “The Gem” among other community events he is asked to help with. He also has volunteered to be an AT at State Series events for certain sports.

I’m the strength coach and find Brad and ATs so important as I refer to Brad’s/AT’s words as the “bible”. We will never go against his words! Thanks for the consideration of Brad Kleine.

Nominated by
Adam Vogel
from Homewood Flossmoor HS (IL)
E: [email protected] | W: 708-335-5340 | P: 815-922-4360


November 16, 2022 at 1:49 pm
Nominee
Brad Robinson
from Hartsville High School/Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center
E: [email protected] | W: 843-616-2544 | C: 843-616-2544

Brad Robinson has been here for 20 years. He recently became the Asst. Athletic Director for the high school. He manages 29 teams and has recently started visiting McBee High School down the road to help them during the week with the trainer shortage. Brad is also the supervisor for trainers at Coker College, the Governor’s School, and McBee High. Brad helps me with our Student Leadership Council that meets every three weeks mentoring student-athletes. Everyone in our town knows Brad Robinson and has high respect for what he does in our community.

Nominated by
Brad Boob
from Hartsville High School Athletic Director/Darlington County School District
E: [email protected] | W: 843-857-3804 | P: 704-877-2574


October 26, 2022 at 1:01 am
Nominee
Brandon Straley
from Goldey-Beacom College / NovaCare
E: [email protected] | W: 302-225-6217 | C:

Brandon is single handedly holding down the fort at a Division II college where we are supposed to have 2 full time trainers. He has worked day in and day out through the entire fall season treating student athletes for games, practices, scrimmages, and just general rehab. He is around 6 days a week most of the time 12+ hour days. His dedication is unmatched.

Nominated by
Taylor Rapuano
from Goldey Beacom College
E: [email protected] | W: 3025622418 | P:


December 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm
Nominee
brent hoffpauir
from st. thomas more catholic high school/physical therapy clinic of lafayette
E: [email protected] | W: 337-988-3700 | C: 337-278-7813

Brent earned a bachelor’s degree in Education with a concentration in Sports Medicine from University of Louisiana @ Lafayette in 2000. He later received State Athletic Training and National Athletic Training certifications. Brent began working at Physical Therapy Clinic of Lafayette and serving St. Thomas More athletes in 2000. He is a national certified athletic trainer working with 14 sports at the school in addition to working with Physical Therapy Clinic of Lafayette. Brent spends countless hours during the school day tending to our athletes’ injuries and takes all the preventive measures to ensure any/all athletes are equipped and ready to practice and/or play each day. He is also on site for all practices and games throughout the school year.

Nominated by
brent hoffpaauir
from st thomas more catholic high school
E: [email protected] | W: 337-988-3700 | P: 337-280-1767


November 16, 2022 at 4:14 pm
Nominee
Brian
from Cronin
E: [email protected] | W: 6306362022 | C: 6302123738

Brian Cronin has been with Oswego HS for the last 22 years. Brian has grown the OHS sports medicine and training department into one of the top programs in the state during his tenure. In my 31 years as both a coach and athletic administrator, Brian is the finest trainer I have had the pleasure of dealing with. His commitment to excellence and his passion for his program and the students that he both develops and takes care of is second to none.
Since I arrived at Oswego eleven years ago, Brian has been instrumental in working with me on a number of projects in our athletic department. He and his staff have worked diligently to improve our processes and procedures to the degree that we were awarded the Safe Schools Award for school years 2014-2023. Our Sports Medicine program and Athletic Training program have also won the prestigious District 230 competition in the last few years.
Brian has been the cornerstone in developing our concussion protocol, return to play protocol, emergency procedures, lightning and tornado detection systems and procedures, athletic training handbooks for coaching staffs and parents, informational sheets and data for parents on concussions and protocol. He also continues to serve on our concussion protocol team as well as being a valued member of the community.
Brian is also a valued member of the teaching staff at OHS. He has developed and teaches a sports medicine class that has both a classroom component as well as an internship requirement which places students in live situations at both practices and games. Brian’s work assures that we have training coverage at every practice and event that we host all during our school year as well as during our summer camps, which is certainly not the norm at most high schools in this state or country.
Brian has a passion for working with our students as well as our student athletes. He spends countless hours at our events, even when he is not scheduled to be there. Not only does he work our home events, but he quite often will travel to road games which he is not required to be at because he wants to be sure that our athletes feel safe and get the very best of care during those unfortunate occurrences when injuries do occur.
On numerous occasions Brian has traveled with a student athlete to the hospital in the ambulance when they are hurt and a parent is not available at the game to go with the injured athlete. Brian is outstanding at communication with the families and the athletic office and he always makes it a point to follow up with injured players and their parents to be sure all is going as well as it possibly can.
Oswego High School has seen a huge growth in student population, athletic activity and athletic offerings in the last decade or so. We have grown from a school of fourteen hundred students to our current enrollment of just over twenty eight hundred and we are projected to grow to thirty two hundred in the next decade. Along with that we have added sports to put us at our current offering of twenty nine varsity sports with 2 to 3 lower levels in each of those sports. This growth has only added to the expectations and responsibilities of our athletic training staff. The schedule of daily practices and home events is often overwhelming and the coverage needed in the athletic training arena is certainly stretched to the maximum on most days. Brian uses his years of experience as well as his organizational skills to place both his certified staff as well as his sports medicine interns in key positions and by his use of technology such as radios, cell phones, on-line sports medicine tracking, i-pads, and cellular serviced lightning detection systems he keeps all our fields, courts, tracks, etc. covered for the entirety of our practice and game times.
In my role as athletic director, I am often in the position to receive the complaints of parents, opposing teams, coaches, etc. that come with any position of leadership. However, I am also often in the position to receive the credit and compliments when things go well and for the outstanding work of our staff. On multiple occasions I have received praise for the work and actions of the training and sports medicine staff for their outstanding work and actions in times of crisis and injury. Obviously it makes me very proud of what we all do, but especially of Brian Cronin and his staff and students.
It has been an honor to work with Mr. Cronin and I am honored to nominate him for this award which I feel he is more than deserving of. Thank you for your time in reading and accepting this nomination and also for providing the platform to allow me to make this nomination

Nominated by
Darren Howard
from Oswego HS
E: [email protected] | W: 6306362022 | P: 6304308500


October 25, 2022 at 5:54 pm
Nominee
Brian Cronin
from Oswego HS
E: [email protected] | W: 630 636 2000 | C: 630 212 3738

Brian Cronin has been with Oswego HS for the last 23 years. Brian has grown the OHS sports medicine and training department into one of the top programs in the state during his tenure. In my 31 years as both a coach and athletic administrator, Brian is the finest trainer I have had the pleasure of dealing with. His commitment to excellence and his passion for his program and the students that he both develops and takes care of is second to none.
Since I arrived at Oswego eleven years ago, Brian has been instrumental in working with me on a number of projects in our athletic department. He and his staff have worked diligently to improve our processes and procedures to the degree that we were awarded the Safe Schools Award for school years 2014-2023. Our Sports Medicine program and Athletic Training program have also won the prestigious District 230 competition in the last few years.
Brian has been the cornerstone in developing our concussion protocol, return to play protocol, emergency procedures, lightning and tornado detection systems and procedures, athletic training handbooks for coaching staffs and parents, informational sheets and data for parents on concussions and protocol. He also continues to serve on our concussion protocol team as well as being a valued member of the community.
Brian is also a valued member of the teaching staff at OHS. He has developed and teaches a sports medicine class that has both a classroom component as well as an internship requirement which places students in live situations at both practices and games. Brian’s work assures that we have training coverage at every practice and event that we host all during our school year as well as during our summer camps, which is certainly not the norm at most high schools in this state or country.
Brian has a passion for working with our students as well as our student athletes. He spends countless hours at our events, even when he is not scheduled to be there. Not only does he work our home events, but he quite often will travel to road games which he is not required to be at because he wants to be sure that our athletes feel safe and get the very best of care during those unfortunate occurrences when injuries do occur.
On numerous occasions Brian has traveled with a student athlete to the hospital in the ambulance when they are hurt and a parent is not available at the game to go with the injured athlete. Brian is outstanding at communication with the families and the athletic office and he always makes it a point to follow up with injured players and their parents to be sure all is going as well as it possibly can.
Oswego High School has seen a huge growth in student population, athletic activity and athletic offerings in the last decade or so. We have grown from a school of fourteen hundred students to our current enrollment of just over twenty nine hundred and we are projected to grow to thirty two hundred in the next decade. Along with that we have added sports to put us at our current offering of twenty seven varsity sports with 2 to 3 lower levels in each of those sports. This growth has only added to the expectations and responsibilities of our athletic training staff. The schedule of daily practices and home events is often overwhelming and the coverage needed in the athletic training arena is certainly stretched to the maximum on most days. Brian uses his years of experience as well as his organizational skills to place both his certified staff as well as his sports medicine interns in key positions and by his use of technology such as radios, cell phones, on-line sports medicine tracking, i-pads, and cellular serviced lightning detection systems he keeps all our fields, courts, tracks, etc. covered for the entirety of our practice and game times.
In my role as athletic director, I am often in the position to receive the complaints of parents, opposing teams, coaches, etc. that come with any position of leadership. However, I am also often in the position to receive the credit and compliments when things go well and for the outstanding work of our staff. On multiple occasions I have received praise for the work and actions of the training and sports medicine staff for their outstanding work and actions in times of crisis and injury. Obviously it makes me very proud of what we all do, but especially of Brian Cronin and his staff and students.
It has been an honor to work with Mr. Cronin and I am honored to nominate him for this award which I feel he is more than deserving of. Thank you for your time in reading and accepting this nomination and also for providing the platform to allow me to make this nomination.

Nominated by
Darren Howard
from Oswego HS
E: [email protected] | W: 6306362022 | P: 6304308500


November 15, 2022 at 7:10 pm
Nominee
Bryan Baines
from Troy Athens High School, Corewll Health
E: [email protected] | W: 248-765-2487 | C: 248-765-2487

Bryan is always a valuable resource to myself and his other colleagues. He is very knowledgeable about Athletic Training and emergency medicine as he is also an EMT. He leads training for fellow Athletic Trainers and other hospital staff on a regular basis and is always making himself available to help out coworkers.

Nominated by
Landon LaLonde
from Avondale High School, Corewell Health
E: [email protected] | W: 9892058839 | P: 989-205-8839


November 9, 2022 at 4:23 pm
Nominee
Candice Brackett
from Kankakee Community College
E: [email protected] | W: 815-8028617 | C:

Candice, is not only a wonderful trainer, but a wonderful person. She consistently keeps our athletes healthy and will go out of her way to make sure each one of our athletes gets the care they need. Coming from NCAA D1 and Professional Baseball, the care that she provides is unmatched. She treats every one of our athletes like her own child. She gives everything she has to our department while being a mother to an autistic child . You could not find a person more qualified for this award. We are absolutely blessed to have Candice and I hope we keep her for as long as possible.

Nominated by
Bryce Shafer
from Kankakee CC
E: [email protected] | W: 8158028613 | P:


November 16, 2022 at 12:35 pm
Nominee
Chad Wilson
from Rome High School/Atrium Health Floyd
E: [email protected] | W: 706-266-4414 | C: 706-266-4414

We have over 20 different sports at Rome High and until this year, Chad has been the only trainer. He has always worked with all of our sports to care for, prepare, rehab, and provide positive motivation to help each athlete “get back out there”.
He goes beyond the normal job description by communicating to coaches, giving positive advice to athletes, truly caring about their injuries, and working with our lower level sports (middle school) to make sure they are taken care of.
Chad graduated from Rome High, so he understands our student-athletes. He attends every sporting event and in quiet moments in the training room, provides life lessons to those athletes. He is able to learn in those quiet moments details of kids life’s and can provide respected advice.
Our system was able to hire a second trainer this year. Chad has mentored our new trainer as well as taking on some of the sports med class students during athletic events. He allows them to do specific things, which he oversees, which gives them a fantastic hands-on experience.
Chad attends meetings and seminars to learn advanced techniques and works with Atrium Health Floyd and the doctors directly.
Chad works in the community. He has three young sons, so he gives of his limited time to coaching their sports teams and providing advice to young parents on how higher level athletics truly works.

Nominated by
Chris Boden
from Rome High School
E: [email protected] | W: 2312504028 | P: 2312504028


November 15, 2022 at 4:25 pm
Nominee
Chris Blaser
from Northridge High School
E: [email protected] | W: 719-685-6605 | C: 719-685-6605

Chris Blaser is hands down the best AT I have worked with in 12 years as an athletic director. In his time at Northridge, he has developed a tremendous working relationship with the coaches, athletes and many parents. He is also a tremendous resource for future AT’s where he is always willing to mentor students from the local college meet their requirements. He also has picked up another high school this fall because of the shortage in AT’s in the area. Chris Blaser is more than deserving of such a recognition and thanks to School Health for taking the time to recognize such impactful professionals in this industry.

Nominated by
Jeff Collins
from Northridge High School
E: [email protected] | W: 9705970366 | P: 9705970366


November 16, 2022 at 3:46 pm
Nominee
Collin Gentry
from Concordia University of Texas
E: [email protected] | W: 4057560612 | C: 4057560612

Took CTX sports medicine from the bottom to the top.

Nominated by
Collin Gentry
from Concordia University of Texas
E: [email protected] | W: 4057560612 | P: 4057560612


November 16, 2022 at 8:01 pm
Nominee
Courtney Eargle
from Huntington Beach High School
E: [email protected] | W: 714-536-2514 | C:

Courtney Eargle has been the Certified Athletic Trainer at HBHS for 11 years. In that time she has completed her Masters degree in Athletic Training. She is the veteran ATC in our school district and interviews and hires the ATC’s in our district. She has established an amazing Sports Medicine internship program at our school and currently teaches the Sports Medicine class at HBHS. She attends every home sporting event at our school and travels to the away football games. She has an amazing rapport with our coaching staff and students. She conducts our annual Sport Physical night where we see over 500 student athletes to get their athletic physicals for the following school year. Her positive attitude and care for our athletes is second to none. We are extremely fortunate to have Courtney as our Athletic Trainer.

Nominated by
Melissa Vandenbosch
from Huntington Beach High School
E: [email protected] | W: 7414-536-2514 | P: 562-682-0026


November 15, 2022 at 6:38 pm
Nominee
Courtney Peart
from Selah High School
E: [email protected] | W: 509-698-8500 | C: 253-219-7164

Courtney excels in all aspects of the criteria for this award! She has been a dedicated trainer for Selah High School for over 7 years and has won the admiration of every athlete she has treated from volleyball, football to helping our soccer team reach the state competitions. Courtney is also deeply rooted in Selah from attending church right along the athletes she serves. She has also done a great job fostering a deep partnership with our local fire department, her and her sports medicine classes are always helping out in training for the department as well as learning from the EMT’s and Firefighters how to correctly be a first responder from taking vitals, spine boarding, and placements of c collars. As I wrap this up, In my roll as District Athletic Event Coordinator I work hand in hand with Courtney and she is always the first person at the facility for games or matches getting ready for the day she always helps get my things set up if I am running behind. She is also one of the best people to collaborate with, we are always in meeting trouble shooting and working ideas off of each other and making sure we have it covered from all ends!

Nominated by
Chris Harris
from Selah School District
E: [email protected] | W: 509-698-8053 | P: 509-949-9776


October 25, 2022 at 1:23 pm
Nominee
Crystal Howard
from Episcopal School of Dallas
E: [email protected] | W: 2143535810 | C:

I have had the distinct pleasure of witnessing Crystal excel in a multitude of capacities at the Episcopal School of Dallas over the last 6 years. During our time together, Crystal has been an active member of our athletic department, leading our sports medicine program and providing great mentorship and instruction to the student-athletes under her supervision. Her devoted leadership in supporting our entire program has been instrumental in our success. These experiences, along with her vision, versatility and loyalty are qualities that are needed and desired in order to achieve the expectations of this important role at the interscholastic level. Crystal has all the necessary tools to be successful and will take the initiative to see that she achieves her goals and those she serves. This, combined with her passion and an enthusiasm that is second to none, separates her from her counterparts.

Nominated by
Dan Gill
from Episcopal School of Dallas
E: [email protected] | W: 2143535810 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 10:19 pm
Nominee
Elizabeth J Knight
from Meredith College
E: [email protected] | W: 919-760-8075 | C: 704-322-9759

Liz Knight is the head athletic trainer at Meredith College. She has been in this role for the past two years and she has earned the upmost respect from our student-athletes and coaching staff. She genuinely cares for our athletes and has a great relationship with the coaches, always doing her best to keep athletes in the game, or to return to play as soon as humanly possible when injured.

This semester our assistant athletic trainer resigned in August and left her in a tough position serving all 160 athletes by herself. Despite immediate posting of the position, the timing was not good and the search failed. Thus, Liz was forced to take on many additional hours outside the normal scope of her work as the head trainer. When available, we did contract out folks to assist with game coverage, but she basically single handedly provided coverage for as many practices as possible. She definitely fits the meaning of the phrase “going above and beyond.”

During athletic trainer recognition week, she started a fund raiser at local restaurants to raise funds to support the sports medicine program at Meredith. She offers additional clinics for our athletes to help with rehabilitation and knowledge of how to care for physical athletic injuries as well as mental health awareness. She also always avails herself to anyone in the Meredith community that might need some assistance with medical issues, volunteering to provide help when asked.

During her time as our head athletic trainer, she has been a tremendous mentor to our assistant athletic trainer and any interns we hire. Our program has been, and is currently, a site for students pursuing training hours required for certification at the local colleges and universities. She fully supports her profession and goes out of her way to help those who want to work in the field.

I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this year’s Most Valuable Athletic Award. Thank you in advance for your consideration of her nomination.

Sincerely,
Jackie Myers
Athletic Director
Meredith College

Nominated by
Jackie Myers
from Meredith College
E: [email protected] | W: 9196065787 | P: 9196065787


November 15, 2022 at 11:17 pm
Nominee
Emily Sansing
from Seminole ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 9154725184 | C:

I want to Nominate my Wife and Myself (nomination submission to follow for myself and will have the same text below). We are both Athletic Trainers and work at the same school. We have without a doubt earned the respect of the staff students and the community through our hard work ethic and commitment to our students. Going beyond their job descriptions is something most Athletic Trainers do but we do this by making sure our athletes are taken care of through all aspects of their treatment course. We have driven athletes to appointments over a hour away and made phone calls on behalf of families. We have challenges our students from the moment we arrived by re-vamping the educational requirements and expectations we hold them to. We have had multiple students change their course in life to pursue Athletic training including some student athletes who “were inspired by how fun and exciting we make the job look”. In regards to advancing Athletic Training we are constantly educating our Admin, coaches and community on the benefits of Athletic Trainers and what we provide and do for our kids. For our community we are a big sports town and with that comes a lot of events and practices that happen on our facilities. We will help with and first aid or care for the kids and help parents decide what the best plan of care is for them.

Nominated by
Michael Sansing
from Seminole ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 8062172050 | P:


November 16, 2022 at 1:16 pm
Nominee
Emma Swindler
from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School
E: [email protected] | W: 727-857-2600 | C: 270-925-4862

Coach Swindler has taken an Athletic Training department at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic HS that had 5 head trainers in one year and stabilized that department and made it into one of the best in the state. She gained instant respect from the administration, faculty, staff, parents and students-athletes due to her professionalism, work ethic, and caring personality. She goes beyond the call of duty by painting, organizing and cleaning our weight room over spring break – by coaching softball and by developing and mentoring a student trainer program. She is constantly learning and promoting her profession. During the recent storms in Florida – she and her husband took their own boat into flooded areas in a rescue mission. She is what our Bishop mission statement is all about.

Nominated by
Jay Bowen
from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School
E: [email protected] | W: 727-857-2600 | P: 931-538-0447


October 25, 2022 at 1:28 pm
Nominee
Erica Kibben
from Roane County High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8653766534 | C:

She uses countless hours above and beyond her duty to ensure all our athletes are healthy and ready to compete. She has assisted young athletic trainers in growing and assisting them in finding jobs of their own. She is a vital part of our athletic program

Nominated by
Bruce Robinette
from Roane County High
E: [email protected] | W: 18653766534 | P:


October 25, 2022 at 1:23 pm
Nominee
Erin Asteghene
from The Paideia School
E: [email protected] | W: 404-270-2132 | C: 678-642-9922

Erin Asteghene provides tremendous care not only for our athletes, but for the faculty as well. She is our only ATC and has to juggle covering all sports at multiple locations. She is always willing to come early or stay late as needed. She’s done this at Paideia for the last 22 years. She’s done this while also raising her two kids.
Erin provides a great service to our community. She mentors student trainers who work with her at various times of the year.
She’s a very loyal and dedicated member of our staff. We would suffer greatly without her.

Nominated by
Mike Emery
from The PAideia School
E: [email protected] | W: 404-270-2663 | P: 678-910-7112


November 23, 2022 at 8:22 pm
Nominee
Gina Palmero
from Westminster High School Maryland
E: [email protected] | W: 4107513630 | C:

Gina is amazing with my daughter
Emma plays three sports Volleyball, Indoor and Outdoor Track (Throws) and uses her shoulder a LOT
Gina is always there with the right decision to either rest, ice, specific exercises to allow her play her best more often!
Absolutely an amazing asset

Nominated by
Doug Reaves
from Westminster High Maryland
E: [email protected] | W: 4436767870 | P: 4436767870


November 23, 2022 at 10:49 pm
Nominee
Gina Palmero
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4107513630 | C:

Gina’s love for her job shines through the top notch care she gives our kids/athletes.. She is the face of Westminster High Schools Athletic department.. Gina continues to go above and beyond on a daily basis making sure each and every athlete is healthy and able to give a 100 % on the field or on the court.. We truly appreciate Gina and all that she does for the athletes At Westminster High School.. I couldn’t think of a more deserving person for the Athletic Trainer Award!!

Nominated by
Sara Flinkman
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4104094283 | P: 4104094283


November 23, 2022 at 11:40 pm
Nominee
Gina Palmero
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4107513630 | C:

Gina has made an immense impact on the students and staff at Westminster High School. I am the Head Volleyball Coach and just finished my first season at Westminster. The previous coaching staff left in a traumatic way, and Gina was there to support the team through it. Gina goes above and beyond taping wrists and ankles, monitoring return to play, and teaching athletes how to stretch. She knows every player on every sport by name. She watches practices every day. She genuinely cares about every member of our athletics programs. Several members of my program are interested in becomming ATs or PTs and Gina has made a huge impact on their learning. She helps the girls study, discusses their internships and projects, and shows them how she does aspects of her job. When I first arrived to Westminster, Gina greeted me and showed me around. She became a great resources for my program – she implemented a pre-practice dynamic stretch routine to better support our girls and prevent injury. She got to know each one of us, and even spent some time letting the girls teach her volleyball skills and play with us. She sat on the bench and supported us at home games and through our playoff run – home or away. She is easy to talk with and her open arms makes a huge impact on our student athletes, who love and value her opinion, advice, and direction. Westminster would not be as great as it is without Gina!

Nominated by
Serra Jarboe
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4107513630 | P:


November 23, 2022 at 3:30 pm
Nominee
Gina Tolomei
from Westminster HS
E: [email protected] | W: 410-751-3637 | C: 443-789-1400

Gina always goes above and beyond to care for our athletes and is an expert in her field. Find me a better Athletic Trainer…and I’ll but ’em dinner!

Nominated by
Terry Molloy
from Westminster HS
E: [email protected] | W: 410-751-3637 | P: 443-375-7599


November 24, 2022 at 3:28 am
Nominee
Gina Tolomei
from Westminster High
E: [email protected] | W: 4107513630 | C:

Gina is amazing
I accidentally put the wrong Gina before. I meant this one

Nominated by
Doug Reaves
from Westminster High
E: [email protected] | W: 4436767870 | P: 4436767870


November 24, 2022 at 3:07 pm
Nominee
Gina Tolomei
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4437891400 | C: 4437891400

Gina consistently goes above and beyond the normal call of duty. She’s stays late and shows up early to tend to kids who need her help both physically or emotionally. She works with kids that are at the student tech center in the AT program and shows them what it’s like to be a AT at the high school level. As a football coach there is no other trainer I would rather have at my school.

Nominated by
Chris Lang
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4439740996 | P: 4439740996


November 24, 2022 at 11:38 pm
Nominee
Gina Tolomei
from Westminster High School
E: [email protected] | W: 410) 751-3630 | C:

Gina is always willing to go above and beyond for the students. She puts in a lot of extra hours to make sure that everyone is safe and protected. She is one of the best.

Nominated by
Mark Gogol
from Westminster high school
E: [email protected] | W: 4103745886 | P:


November 2, 2022 at 2:47 pm
Nominee
Gini Fite
from Smithville High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8165320405 | C:

Gini has been with Smithville School District as our Athletic Trainer since 2015. She has developed a great rapport with our employees, coaching staff, student athletes as well as other schools trainers.

Gini always ensures coverage of each sporting event. She is always present and ensures that EMS and a Sports Medicine Physician is readily available when needed.

Gini routinely goes above and beyond her contracted agreement to make certain all of our students are healthy and safe to participate. She has worked in leadership roles in Community Outreach Programs.

Gini works at Park University to educate and train future Athletic Trainers.

Gini is always looking at ways to improve the Athletic Training Services. She sits on the MSHSAA Advisory Board for Sports Medicine. Gini worked tirelessly during our pandemic to ensure policies and protocols were implemented and followed by our students and staff.

Nominated by
Darren Shaffer
from Smithville High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8165320405 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 4:50 pm
Nominee
Helena Tweet
from Lebanon HS/ Beaver Sports Medicine
E: [email protected] | W: 5414518555 | C: 971-218-6603

Helena has been at Lebanon HS for several years now. She has built a trusting and transparent culture with our coaches, athletes, and parents. As an Athletic Director, having a trainer of Helena’s professionalism, knowledge and communication skills removes so much stress and liability from often emotional situations.

When our district has major events, such as the district wrestling tournament, Helena is one of the trainers in our league that takes the lead on organizing coverage, and processes and making sure that all of the athletes receive the care they need and parent/coaches receive the necessary communication about the care of the athlete.

Helena’s dedication to our athletes and families is a testament to the pride she takes in her profession. She is available at all times to consult, advise or just listen. She not only provides top-notch care in the moment, but she also has the knowledge and ability to provide our athletes and families with rehab options that can save them a lot of money.

Lastly, it is Helena’s ability to develop relationships with people that qualify her most for this honor. Our community trusts her with our kids and as an AD, I have 100% confidence that all aspects of her job are taken care of and done so in a professional and quality fashion.

Nominated by
kraig Hoene
from Lebanon HS
E: [email protected] | W: 5414518555 | P: 5414018257


November 15, 2022 at 6:42 pm
Nominee
Hide Okuwa
from SUNY Maritime
E: [email protected] | W: 7138999897 | C:

Hide is a great Athletic Trainer, Leader and Mentor. He never stops learning and constantly teaches what he knows. He is the Head Athletic trainer at a D3 school with a football team and he has no assistant which we all know is a challenging situation to be in. Even with the challenges of the job and being so far away from his family in Japan, he brings the energy to the people around him. He’s even asked to give the pep talk in huddles. He is a promoter of championship hydration which helps the athletes realize how vital hydration is. Coming from the University of Houston he knows about championships!

Nominated by
Yvonnie Joseph
from City College
E: [email protected] | W: 3475437429 | P:


November 23, 2022 at 4:15 pm
Nominee
Holli Jackson
from Caldwell High School
E: [email protected] | W: 208-455-3304 | C: 208-964-9504

Holli is the most deserving individual for this award. She is self-less in all that she does for Caldwell’s students and community. She is a shining example of what a team player looks like. She provides a safe place for our students that no one else provides and she does it while consistently teaching content about athletic training. She loves our students and she has made a visible impact in the lives of countless individuals. Holli came into CHS and transformed our process for paperwork, created a safe environment in the training room, created the schools Emergency Action Plan (EAP), helped to develop the return to school/play protocols for CHS and has grown interest in athletic training exponentially. Holli lobbied in Washington D.C. and in California for Athletic Trainers. She advocates for Athletic Training whenever possible. Holli paved the way for CHS to earn the NATA safe sports school award. She advocates for students by communicating with staff, parents and administration about student’s needs and accommodations needed while they recover from their injuries. Holli handles all the concussion testing for our nineteen sports programs. Holli reaches out to our community doctors at St. Luke’s to have a free physical night in the spring that all athletes at CHS can attend. Our community members do not have many resources, so this evening has become vital to many of our students being able to participate. If not for it, we would have much less buy in for our programs. In the process, this allows us to communicate with our community members about other needs for their children, such as paperwork and financial responsibilities. She is creating avenues of communication that have been much needed in our community. She has built relationships with Boise State University as she is now a preceptor, so we now have interns who are under her wing. While BSU benefits from this, our students see that they can have the same type of future if they push themselves to learn and ultimately they know they can rely on Holli for any help they might need in the future. Our students have never been safer than in her very capable hands. Holli gives of her personal time because it is who she is, not because she is asked. She communicates with our coaches and players about their needs and responsibilities to their health and follows up on a daily basis. Holli is nothing if not a leader. She leads by example every day. She puts others before herself and she helps others to see their incredible value. As an athletic director, I could not ask for a better peer. The first question she always asks is “What can I do to help you?” Holli’s day to day is a mountain and yet she puts others before herself. St. Luke’s and Les Schwab recognized Holli as a community hero at a Boise State University football game and as a “Sparkling Angel” for her work with helping a family in a car accident. She saw a need an took it upon herself to save a family who’s car had slid into a ditch during a car accident. The lives of those family members have been forever changed because of her willingness to step in and help. In the process, Holli brought about community interest in Athletic Training. Both our school and St. Luke’s used that as an opportunity to speak about the importance of Athletic Trainers in our community and the value they provide to our students, parents and patrons. The NATA is lucky to have someone like Holli advocating for them every day. She loves her job and it shows in her dedication to those around her and to the growth our athletic training program has seen because of her.

Nominated by
Jon Hallock
from Caldwell High School
E: [email protected] | W: 208-455-3304 | P: 208-963-2214


November 16, 2022 at 6:01 pm
Nominee
James Best
from Hillsdale High School
E: [email protected] | W: 814-282-0207 | C:

Jamie Best has many strengths and we are lucky to have him here at Hillsdale. Jamie knows his craft exceptionally well. His people skills are equally outstanding. Jamie does an outstanding job for us. Jamie’s knowledge, experience, time commitment, reliability and quality of service are some of his strengths.

Nominated by
Jodi Long
from Hillsdale High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4193688516 | P:


December 2, 2022 at 3:21 pm
Nominee
James Carver
from South Gibson County High School/ Sports Plus
E: [email protected] | W: 731-783-0999 | C:

James has quickly become an invaluable part of our school. In fact, he is so valuable, we hired him to also teach PE! James works tirelessly to cover all of our sports, many times going from one sport to another at the same time by himself. When building a new athletic facility, James guided us in the design of the equipment needed to advance the level of care that our athletes require. Whenever a student is injured, James personally makes immediate contact with the parents and works with them to set up the necessary appointments and follow up for therapy. He goes above and beyond to take care of our student athletes every day. He sacrifices time with his family in order to take care of our students. The students absolutely LOVE him!

Nominated by
Mark Dunn
from South Gibson County High School
E: [email protected] | W: 731-783-0999 | P:


October 28, 2022 at 2:26 pm
Nominee
Jamie Waterman
from Marin Catholic High School
E: [email protected] | W: 415-747-2264 | C:

Jamie Waterman has been the Athletic Trainer at Marin Catholic for over 20 years. In her time at MC she has been a part of countless practices and competitions for thousands of Student Athletes. She has spent an immeasurable amount of hours on the fields, courts, track, and pool decks helping athletes prep for events and recover from injuries. She has even been an integral part of several championships, including 2 team and 2 individual State Titles.

Being a Certified Athletic Trainer with over 20 years on the job, plus continuing education, Jamie is one of the most experienced athletic trainers in our area. As a result, she is often the one that new AT’s come to for advice, problem solving, and help. One of Jamie’s most amazing qualities is that she’s never too busy to help her fellow Athletic Trainers or student athletes at other schools. She will find a way to offer her assistance wherever she can, whether it is at a game on the sideline, covering for a colleague at another school, or consulting with the other AT, parent or student if they need help after an injury. Specifically, she was integral in creating dialogue between many schools in our area during a challenging time for everyone where COVID rules and regulations were ever changing and people were confused and scared. Thousands of students were able to play a sport, even if the seasons were abbreviated, as a direct result of her hard work. By developing and disseminating procedures that enabled return to play for every school and every sport in our league, Jamie Waterman was an unsung hero for athletics in Marin County in the spring of 2021.

This sense of community service goes beyond just her job as an Athletic Trainer. She has been volunteering with local organizations such as 4H and making meals for families in need for years.

Jamie has been a pioneer for student safety, having advocated for the State of California to require licensing for Athletic Trainers, and partnering with a neuropsychologist for over a decade to create one of the first comprehensive high school concussion testing programs in the nation. She was also asked to create, administer, and maintain the health and wellness policies for our entire school during the pandemic, which she did with no hesitation, but with plenty of grace. What Jamie has done for the students from an Athletic Trainer standpoint is incredible, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed by students, parents and her colleagues. Our athletes feel cared for, safe and prepared to compete. When asked, one of our athletes said, “I wouldn’t be a State Champion if it wasn’t for Jamie helping me recover and strengthen.”

Jamie’s job performance is unmatched and truly incredible, but that’s not what makes her stand out. She does far more than just put out water and tape injuries (though she does tape a heck of an ankle!). What makes Jamie standout is the role that she plays in the lives of her students outside of any practice or competition. She’s a confidant, a counselor, a cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on, a friend, and sometimes even a knucklehead wrangler. Jamie has her finger on the pulse of our school community and she is constantly ensuring that when kids need extra support, a check in with a counselor, or just need someone to talk to are cared for. Being at a multitude of athletic events puts her in a unique position to know and monitor things that teachers, counselors and even parents sometimes don’t see. When alumni come back to visit MC, usually their first stop is Jamie’s room because they remember her warmth, her smile, her encouragement, and her heart. I am lucky to experience that every day.

I am proud to nominate Jamie Waterman for Most Valuable Athletic Trainer, and I hope that I have shown you even a tiny glimpse of how amazing she is.

Nominated by
Lynn Maloney
from Marin Catholic High School
E: [email protected] | W: 415-233-2032 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 4:40 pm
Nominee
JD Burgess
from Canyon View High School Arizona
E: [email protected] | W: 6239327600 | C:

I would like to take a moment to nominate JD Burgess for either the Athletic trainer of the year award.
JD has been a heavily involved athletic trainer in the state of Arizona, from opening schools and building programs, to working up north on the reservations, a contributing athletic trainer and preceptor with GCU and NAU. JD has been a voice within the Agua Fria High School District, a mentor to me as a young athletic trainer and was a huge contributor behind the scenes the past 2 years dealing with covid protocols in Arizona and taking backlash from the community. Making phone calls, and contributing to come up with a system that would work to ensure the health and safety for our athletes across the state.
All that aside, JD has been an athletic trainer in the state of Arizona for the last 20 years, making connections, helping young athletic trainers, and contributing to the profession on all levels.
I would hope that this nomination is considered and I think he would be extremely grateful to see all of his hard work recognized as he is much more worried about the profession and health and safety of athletes.

Nominated by
Jamal Bechri
from Canyon View High School Arizona
E: [email protected] | W: 6239327600 | P:


November 21, 2022 at 4:23 pm
Nominee
Jen Detweiler
from Delta High School
E: [email protected] | W: (765) 288-5597 | C: 765-993-3834

My name is Tilmon Clark, I’m the Athletic Director at Delta High School in Muncie, Indiana. I’m nominating Jen Detweiler for the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award!

Why? Because she is an absolute rock star as our Head Athletic Trainer! Jen constantly goes above and beyond to take care of our athletes in all 18 sports that we offer here at Delta High School! Not only does she earn the respect of the student-athletes but also the coaches and parents here at Delta High School. Trust is the key word that comes to mind when thinking of the relationship between Jen and her patients. Student-athletes and parents trust that Jen will give them the best care, rehabilitation and ability to return to action the quickest! Caring is another incredibly important attribute that Jen has. That trust is built on the fact that Jen cares for all of the student-athletes and wants them to be able to succeed; not only on the courts, fields and mats but also in life.

Jen also pays it forward for the Athletic Training profession. It’s not uncommon for Ball State University to send students to observe and complete clinicals with Jen. This type of commitment from Jen truly shows that she cares about her job and the future of the profession. One of the Ball State students said, “I couldn’t be more thankful for Jen, she allows me to be immersed in the job, which prepares me for my future career in Athletic Training.

Jen’s career in athletic training is very impressive; as she has been an athletic trainer at the college level prior to arriving at Delta High School. Jen is well known to help those in her community and not just “punch the time clock”, she has developed great relationships with community members, which often leads to phone calls asking for advice on what to do with a student-athlete in our community that has been injured. I witnessed this first hand, as a parent frantically came to the high school and asked Jen to evaluate his younger (non-high school) student-athlete. This parent echoed my words, “we are very lucky to have Jen Detweiler in our Delta Community!”

Thank you for considering this ROCK STAR of an Athletic Trainer for the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award! I’m sure you have many excellent nominees, but Jen would be a very worthy recipient of this award!

Nominated by
Tilmon Clark
from Delta Athletics
E: [email protected] | W: 7655461497 | P: 7655461497


November 15, 2022 at 6:36 pm
Nominee
Jena Farbman
from Cornersville High School
E: [email protected] | W: 931-246-4170 | C: 352-804-6061

Jena gives selflessly to our student athletes. She is mentoring a student now in the athletic training profession. She works with our softball players on her free time. She is always willing to do whatever it takes for our kids. She is a valuable addition to our school family.

Nominated by
Eric Crabtree
from Cornersville High School
E: [email protected] | W: 9312464170 | P: 9316196157


November 21, 2022 at 4:47 am
Nominee
Jenn Dorman
from Harding Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 901-493-2847 | C:

Jenn Dorman has been at Harding Academy for three years and has quickly established herself as one of the best athletic trainers in Memphis. She routinely goes above and beyond the minimum of an athletic trainer. She is intentional and frequent with her communication with students, parents, and coaches. She focuses on both injury treatment and prevention. After treating an injury, she focuses on developing an individualized treatment plan to help the athlete return to action as quickly and fully as possible. In addition to her duties as a trainer, she has worked to improve our CPR certification rate, to increase the number of AEDs, and to develop Emergency Action Plans for our athletic facilities.

Outside of the world of health science, Jenn has established incredible relationships with our athletes. Rarely is the training room empty; there are almost always groups of students present, even if they aren’t being treated. They value her friendship and mentorship. She has also intentionally built relationships with the University of Memphis and has hosted 4 interns over her three years, to allow them to finish their clinical and practicals.

Jenn Dorman is the best athletic trainer I’ve ever been around, and Harding Academy is a better place for her work and her presence.

Nominated by
Seth King
from Harding Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 901-767-4466 | P:


November 19, 2022 at 12:48 pm
Nominee
Jennifer Rossi
from Loudon High School- Tennessee Orthopedic Clinic
E: [email protected] | W: 8654584326 | C: 8654665174

Jen is the only AT at our high school. She has formed a special relation with each of her athletes built on respect and trust. Jen has become a sidelines Mom to everyone she encounters. Because she covers all the sports at our school and there is only one of her, she is often working on her own time outside of her contracted hours. Caring for student athletes is so much more than a job it’s a calling . Jen is able to connect with the athletes she is caring for from the perspective of once being an injured athlete who turned that into her life’s work. Jen meets no stranger and is the first one to completed the tasks everyone else has overlooked. Every year Jen chooses a student to shadow her so she can ignite a passion for the athletic training profession in the next generation. When Jen is not on the sidelines she is volunteering with FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes and FCA MX as well as HOSA the Health Occupation Students at the school. Jen helps prepare the HOSA students for completion in sports medicine. Last year our Loudon High School student won first place in the state. I think it’s obvious why Jennifer Rossi is our most valuable Athletic trainer at LHS, and I think she should be yours also.

Nominated by
Kylie Hawkins
from Loudon High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8654584326 | P: 8657659965


October 26, 2022 at 5:22 pm
Nominee
Jeremy Howard
from Florida Army National Guard
E: [email protected] | W: 239-898-9131 | C: 239-898-9131

Chief Warrant Officer Two (CW2) Jeremy Howard is an outstanding Athletic Trainer that is both a steward and ambassador of his profession. He was the Florida Army National Guard’s (FLARNG) Holistic Health & Fitness (H2F) State Coordinator, but his action in this role were so exemplary that he was selected to operate in a regional capacity. Now, Jeremy is the National Guard Bureau’s (NGB) Region III Holistic Health & Fitness (H2F) Integrator. Operating at the regional level, he has positively shaped the H2F initiatives and efforts for each H2F entity within the Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. He has created industry partnerships with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and CultureSync to provide higher quality educational opportunities for Soldiers across the National Guard; these accomplishments were best practices shared across the 54 State and Territories National Guard H2F Programs and were shared with the Active Duty Army counterparts by NGB to better enable success across all aspects of this program. He developed a multi-faceted Body Composition Leaders course designed to empower direct-level leaders to help their soldiers maintain healthy levels of lean body mass and has trained over 400 soldiers in that curriculum. He developed and implemented a highly successful seven-day Wellness Camp training event for Soldiers struggling with fitness and readiness, which directly resulted in $540,000 of cost avoidance for the FLARNG. Working as a member of an action group, he developed the Suicidality, Thoughts, Attitudes, and Resources (STAR) Discussion program designed to help Soldiers in crisis create connections; this program was implemented across the 10,000 Soldier total force of the FLARNG and highlighted by the Army’s Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) to be shared Army-wide. He was selected among four other members from across the entire Army and Air National Guard from all 54 States and Territories forces, to be a Cadre member for the Comprehensive Health & Wellness Executive Leader Course, helping to shape culture change and healthy habits at the executive-level of military leaders including multiple generals and the senior enlisted advisor for the National Guard. Jeremy is a servant leader, he taught in an unpaid status to aid his Alma Matter as a Volunteer Adjunct Professor for three different courses across the upper-level Athletic Training program curriculum. His altruistic nature does not end there, he has served for the last five years as a member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Tactical Strength & Conditioning Professional Development Group (TSAC-PDG), where his efforts have been to improve the educational offerings of various institutions through implementing the NSCA’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning curriculum and to further tie NSCA materials into the Armed Forces. He created an industry relationship between the FLARNG and the NSCA to improve Soldier education on safe practices for strength and conditioning. Jeremy also takes time to mentor Athletic Training Students interested in the emerging military setting of Athletic Training. He has also taken the time to mentor multiple Soldiers in their pursuits of career advancement and educational achievement. His Doctoral dissertation on the effects of the Army’s resiliency program was selected to be published in the Advanced Journal of Education and Social Sciences highlighting how Soldiers’ lives can be changed for the better through resiliency training. Jeremy’s work ethic, personality, and accomplishments have earned him the respect of leaders at all levels from the National Guard Bureau to the Florida Army National Guard; but he is also well respected by his peer Warrant Officers in the military and Athletic Trainers in the civilian world. The Soldiers he trains always know they can reach back to him if they need help and that speaks to the Athletic Trainer, Soldier, and professional that is CW2 Jeremy Howard. It is my belief that he is deserving of recognition for his accomplishments and a solid candidate to be selected for the Training & Conditioning’s Most Valuable Athletic Trainer award.

Nominated by
Connor Foy
from Florida Army National Guard
E: [email protected] | W: 405-822-0552 | P: 405-822-0552


November 28, 2022 at 1:10 am
Nominee
Jessie Loch
from Raytown South High School/Lee’s Summit Medical Center
E: [email protected] | W: 573-823-5447 | C:

Jessie Loch exemplifies all the attributes needed to be nominated as the most valuable athletic trainer award.
She is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever been around. Her combination of great work ethic, personabiliy,
and, leadership skills combined with her wide knowledge of supporting and educating our atheletes in their athletic endeavors is elite.
Jessie has taken the time to get to know and understand our athletes beyond their sport. She always looks after our
athletes, and is a great support to our strength and conditioning program. Jessies skills and knowledge has created a
culture in which our athletes sport performance has increased due to her ability to get them back in the field of play,
and provide resources in which to limit and prevent future limitations in thier sport. Jessie’s contribution to the Raytown South
program has changed it for the better. She consistenly demonstrates dedication and patience when working with students/athletes from all of our
programs. Jessie has also helped to establish accountability and respect within our various programs. All of our student-athletes
look forward to seeing her smiling and cheering them on. With the pleasure of working along side Jessie in the safety of the athlete
I highly recommend Jessie Loch for this award.

Nominated by
Monte Yancey
from Raytown South High School
E: [email protected] | W: 7135143832 | P:


December 1, 2022 at 4:36 pm
Nominee
Joel Luedke
from Mayo Clinic Health System
E: [email protected] | W: 608-320-5013 | C: 608-738-6049

I would like to nominate Joel Luedke for the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer award. Joel has worked in both the athletic setting while serving as the Director of Athletic Training at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and in the clinic setting with his new role in the Sports Medicine Department at Mayo Clinic Health System. During his time at the University, Joel oversaw the Athletic Training Center, provided rehabilitative care and coverage to hundreds of athletes, and also mentored undergraduate athletic training students. In his new role, he continues to mentor the younger athletic trainers and works to provide a unique perspective to our patients in sports medicine. Additionally, he has been instrumental in launching a new community partnership between our sports medicine department and the local firefighter department to initiative a new fitness and rehabilitative care program to all the local firefighters. Lastly, he has created a podcast dedicated to help the field of athletic training by providing valuable insight to young professionals in the field, discussing common problems athletic trainers face on a daily basis and how to be an effective athletic trainer while leading others and giving back to the community. Joel is very well respective among his peers and works very well in a team setting. Joel continues to go above and beyond and is always looking for ways to expand our department, improve efficiency and ensure patients and/or athletes get the care they need. He cares deeply about the profession and is doing what he can to move the field forward.

Nominated by
Andrew Jagim
from Mayo Clinic Health System
E: [email protected] | W: 608-392-5280 | P: 701-730-4842


October 26, 2022 at 6:54 pm
Nominee
John Yacoub
from Oakcrest High School
E: [email protected] | W: 609-909-2600 | C: 609-513-5419

Oakcrest High School administration nominates Mr. John Yacoub for the “Most Valuable Athletic Trainer” award. Mr. Yacoub is most deserving of this honor in more ways than we can share. On a daily basis, he goes above and beyond what is expected of him in his role as Athletic Trainer. Mr. Yacoub’s greatest strength is the personal connections he forms with our athletes. He is often looked at as not only “Trainer J”, but a role model and mentor to our students, someone they feel comfortable with, and can turn to, both on and off the field. He is well known in our school, and has earned the respect of students, parents, coaches, teachers and our entire community at large. Mr. Yacoub consistently explores ways to connect his role as athletic trainer to our own biomedical program, expanding on the student opportunities to further their education in this field. He recently has signed an agreement with Thomas Jefferson, making our school a host site for athletic training graduate students to complete their observation rotations, deepening the partnership with the University. Additionally, he is working to develop a specialized pathway in our science department for students interested in an athletic training career. He has organized multiple planning meetings with school administration to set up additional partnership opportunities for students to gain the hands-on and shadow experience at local professional facilities in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. He also has planned many opportunities for students to meet with various professionals in the field, taking it upon himself to facilitate the interactions. Mr. Yacoub plays a key role in a variety of school-wide events, making himself visible and available, familiarizing himself with students and parents in attendance. He works hand in hand with coaches, teachers and administration to create an environment where students feel safe, comfortable and motivated to participate and excel in not only athletics, but academics as well. We are so lucky to have an Athletic Trainer like John, who brings his passion for the field to all areas of the school, motivating others to follow his lead. Please consider awarding our “Trainer J” for this wonderful honor so that he can be recognized for his hard work and dedication to our students.

Nominated by
Michelle Mesghali
from Oakcrest High School
E: [email protected] | W: 856-498-0092 | P: 856-498-0092


October 25, 2022 at 1:10 pm
Nominee
Joseph Cunnane
from Lockport High School
E: [email protected] | W: 815 588-8416 | C: 815 545-6910

Joe has been head trainer at Lockport High School (our only trainer) and serves over 1200 student-athletes a season! We are a large High School with over 4000 students and Joe also teaches a sports med class and uses these students to enhance game day experiences for our Student-athletes

Nominated by
Michael Dwyer
from Lockport High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8155888151 | P: 8156511825


November 21, 2022 at 1:02 am
Nominee
Justin Carroll
from Jonesville Community Schools/Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists, Pc
E: [email protected] | W: 517-849-7040 | C: 616-443-6692

Justin is the athletic trainer for Jonesville Community Schools – both high school and middle school athletes.

1. Communication with coaches, student athletes and parents is constant and accurate.
2. Goes above and beyond checking on athletes when they are injured (goes to the hospital to meet athletes if they have been sent there)
3. Has taken classes and seminars to keep up on the latest information in athletic training including testing wrestlers
4. Works tirelessly to promote healthly lifestyles/ role modeling for athletes by participating in and attending 5K, 10K, iron man events.
5. Has built great relationships within the community.. parents/athletes trust and know him.
6. His work on the field, court, course is exemplary. His attention to detail when evaluating an athlete in different injury situations is exceptional.
7. Trustworthy, kind and willing to go the extra mile for anyone in our district. When I broke my ankle at an event he went with me to the hospital and made sure I had the best care. He does the same for our athletes.
8. Has mentored student’s that had an interest in athletic training. Previous students have gone into the medical field because of their experiences with him.
9. Replaces nurse when she is unavailable.
10. In my 17 years at Jonesville, Justin is the best trainer we have every had. Hard to replace. Been with Jonesville Community Schools for 9 years.

Nominated by
Kathy Bondsteel
from Jonesville Community Schools
E: [email protected] | W: 517-826-7024 | P: 517-425-8355


November 15, 2022 at 4:18 pm
Nominee
Justin Clark
from Abilene High School
E: [email protected] | W: 785-466-1365 | C:

I have known Justin since he was an undergrad at Emporia State University in 2001. We have leaned on each other at various times throughout both our personal and professional lives. We have pushed each other to grow as professionals, and have challenged each other to succeed. He has always made a point to leave things better than he found them, and I am confident that as he assumes the reins as KATS president in the near future, our organization will flourish.

Justin has continuously striven to find ways to leave his mark on our profession. From professional presentations to other allied health professionals, to advocating for our members legislatively in both Topeka and Washington DC, Justin has actively looked for ways to improve our professional standing. Justin is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He was the driving force behind Kansas being the first state to complete the ATLAS survey. His service to Kansas has spanned well over a decade.

He is a member of Abilene High School’s health pathway advisory committee, committed to helping educate future healthcare providers. He has been instrumental in getting various sports medicine courses started at his school. His commitment to secondary school athletes extends far beyond his own school. He has covered events from various KSHSAA events to the National High School Final Rodeo in Wyoming. In addition to working with secondary school kids, he has served as a preceptor for Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University, helping to mold future athletic trainers.

I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for recognition. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your consideration, have a great day.

Nominated by
Mark Padfield
from Tonganoxie High School
E: [email protected] | W: 913-416-1460 | P: 785-640-4437


November 6, 2022 at 11:34 am
Nominee
Justin Segotta
from Aztec High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5053349414 | C: 5054461020

He always goes well above and beyond while working to promote and deliver in the context of safety and care for our kids. He is available 7 days a week and can be called on at any time. Justin wants what is best for our athlete’s but promotes the idea of top performance as well. I trust him in ever since of the word. In my 48 season as a wrestling coach I’ve never had a better more reliable trainer to work with. Coach Herb Stinson

Nominated by
Herb Stinson
from Aztec High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5053349414 | P: 5053307896


November 17, 2022 at 4:36 pm
Nominee
Kathy
from Calkins
E: [email protected] | W: 608-289-0726 | C: 608-289-0726

Kathy has been an integral member of Mercyhealth’s Sports Medicine Program, as well as the Janesville, Wisconsin community, for the past 3 decades. As the first Athletic Trainer hired by Mercyhealth, she laid the foundation for the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Services, both outreach and in-clinic, that we offer today, and has consistently been a part of the expansion and remodeling of that department.
Currently, Kathy works with Craig High School and the Janesville Jets, a Tier II Juniors Ice Hockey Team in the NAHL. In addition to practice and event coverage, Kathy leads yoga sessions for the Janesville Jets and Cougar Gym for Craig High School. Always devoted to those she serves, Kathy spends her summers working in the weight room at Craig High School, helping athletes participating in Cougar Gym with proper form and technique when lifting, as well as injury prevention techniques and rehabilitation exercises.
Kathy’s devotion to Cougar Gym is also a phenomenal tool for Mercyhealth, as it allows us to start new hires off working with her at Cougar Gym. This allows new staff to utilize Kathy as a mentor in their new positions, while observing Kathy’s work ethic and devotion to her craft, and those she serves.
A staple within Janesville, Wisconsin, Kathy’s name is synonymous with Mercyhealth’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, Craig High School, the Janesville Jets, and the success of those programs. Always an advocate for the profession, Kathy has also taken the time to serve as a Clinical Preceptor at various times throughout the years, and to mentor high school students and point them in the right direction when they show an interest in the Sports Medicine field. I can confidently say that Kathy has had a huge impact in shaping our staff and department at Mercyhealth, as well as the lives of thousands, if not millions, of young people throughout the greater Janesville area. To this day, Kathy continues to serve as a professional and personal role model for myself and so many others. I do not know another Athletic Trainer more deserving of this award than Kathy Calkins.

Nominated by
Jeremy Clausen
from Mercyhealth
E: [email protected] | W: 8152894233 | P: 8152894233


November 23, 2022 at 11:21 pm
Nominee
Kathy Calkins
from Janesville Craig High School
E: [email protected] | W: 608-756-6000 | C: 608-289-0726

Kathy Calkins has served Janesville Craig High School as our Athletic Trainer since 1990. In that time she has not only been an outstanding athletic trainer, but a role model for our student-athletes as to what it means to be a caring professional. Kathy works closely with our athletes, their families, coaches, and administrators to provide outstanding service and is universally respected by all. She is incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable and always puts student athletes first.

She has made my life as a head varsity basketball coach and athletic director much easier. Her organization is second to none. She created Emergency Action Plans (EAP’s) for every different athletic venue we have. This is not a small task as the only outdoor sport we play on our own campus is boys and girls soccer. We also host one of the largest cross country meets in the Midwest (approximately 2500 runners) and Kathy has worked with local EMT’s and medical staff to develop a plan to keep all of our athletes safe and cared for.

Most recently Janesville Craig has been identified as a National Athletic Trainers Association Safe School due to the work Kathy has done. Beyond that, she attends all of our annual coaches meetings and runs meetings for our coaches to ensure proper care for both our athletes and coaches. This involves emergency planning, ensuring all our AED locations are known and meets with specific coaches who have athletes who have special medical conditions.

Jansville Craig has also participated in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Health research studies regarding high school athletes (ankle brace study, soccer headgear study, cross country and volleyball injury studies) provides further evidence of her desire to be involved in prioritizing the health and safety of our student athletes through evidence based research.

She has two daughters that both attended Craig High School and has been actively involved in our community. She is well-liked, has a good sense of humor, and a great demeanor when doing her job. She is also an incredibly selfless individual as evidenced by her work as a pilot Cycling Without Age program of the Rock County Mobility Management Council on Aging where she volunteers her time to pilot a trishaw bike to give rides to the elderly and disabled. She has also volunteered for our community food drive organized by our school district to deliver groceries around the holidays to those in need.

As a veteran LAT (NATA BOC certified in 1989), Kathy has worked cooperatively with the many athletic trainers over the past 32 years from our second high school in town, Janesville Parker, and numerous other trainers in the area. She has been an outstanding mentor to those athletic trainers.

One page cannot give a true picture of what a fine individual Kathy is and the amount of respect that I have for her. It is clear to me, as I hope it is to you, that Kathy Calkins is deserving of this recognition. If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further, please feel free to contact me.

Ben McCormick, CAA
Janesville Craig High School
Athletic Director / Head Basketball Coach

Nominated by
Ben McCormick
from Janesville Craig High School
E: [email protected] | W: 608-743-5245 | P: 608-931-5982


November 15, 2022 at 4:08 pm
Nominee
Katie Stovall
from Oceanside Collegiate Academy/Roper Ortho
E: [email protected] | W: 8439367128 | C: (843) 330-1803

While Katie isn’t technically an Oceanside employee and works for our local hospital network, she is 100% a Landshark! She keeps our teams as healthy as possible and was part of 7 state championships last school year. She designed and implemented a Student AT Program where students shadow her and learn about the skills needed and whether they pursue Athletic Training as a college degree.

Nominated by
Mark Meyer
from Oceanside Collegiate Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 8439367128 | P: 8434082164


November 11, 2022 at 8:22 pm
Nominee
Kelsi Huseman
from Southwest Valley / Greater Regional Hospital
E: [email protected]l.org | W: 7124350108 | C: 7124350108

Kelsi is an amazing trainer who goes above and beyond for the students she works with. She is a great communicator who works extremely well with coaches, administrators, students and parents. She is always willing to do everything she can to provide the best care for all students. She currently works for Greater Regional and provides training services for our school district and 1 other school district. She is able to provide both school districts with top notch care and always has a great working relationship with the students. We are extremely lucky to have Kelsi as our trainer!

Nominated by
Allen Naugle
from Southwest Valley School District
E: [email protected] | W: 6413224020 | P: 6414181983


December 2, 2022 at 11:58 pm
Nominee
Kern Fitzgerald
from St. Sebastian’s School
E: [email protected] | W: 781-449-5200 | C:

Kern Fitzgerald has dedicated his life to his alma mater and to the league within which he works. Over forty years ago, Kern fell in love with sports at St. Sebastian’s School outside of Boston, and still, in 2022, he is the Wise and Caring eye of all athletes that play at and visit St. Sebastian’s.

If you ever find yourself on a field or an ice rink or a tennis court or a wrestling mat or a . . . in the Boston area, you will know that Kern Fitzgerald’s expertise has been there.

A legend.

Deserving.

Edmund McCarthy
[email protected]

Nominated by
Edmund Joseph McCarthy
from St. Sebastian’s School
E: [email protected] | W: 6172756197 | P: 6172756197


November 17, 2022 at 5:03 pm
Nominee
Kevin Brown
from KORT Physical Therapy
E: [email protected] | W: 5029940709 | C: 5029940709

Kevin has helped to shape Performing Arts athletic training. He is the president of the PAAT society, he works hard at the high school and professional settings, he helps to educate and train new AT and AT students. Kevin has worked so hard to be a mentor and a friend and is overall an amazing AT. I am a better AT because I know him. He is kind, smart, hardworking and is an incredible leader. He demonstrates the best kind of Athletic Trainer.

Nominated by
Megan Holton
from Feld Entertainment
E: [email protected] | W: 7345162321 | P: 7345162321


November 15, 2022 at 4:14 pm
Nominee
Kevin Lagrange
from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory
E: [email protected] | W: (954) 989-5150 | C:

Kevin Lagrange took over the Chaminade-Madonna Athletic training role “officially” in June 2022, but has been instrumental in providing the highest quality care and detail to all of our school and student-athletes’ athletic training needs, since he knew he would take over the position in November 2021. Kevin has implemented a secure online portal where we house all of our athletic paperwork, has help secure a relationship/contract with Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital so we have adequate care with game supervision by doctors for all home football games, has brought in a licensed physician to conduct athletic physicals prior to school starting to ensure all athletes are eligible, and has upgraded the daily care of our student-athletes.

Nominated by
Matthew Bishop
from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory
E: [email protected] | W: 9549895150 | P: 5853302418


November 15, 2022 at 5:01 pm
Nominee
Kimberly Gibson
from Greenwood ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 806 216-0586 | C: 806 216-0586

Kimberly has been an assistant athletic trainer for 3 years at Greenwood. During that time, she has served as the middle schools main trainer along with high school athletic duties. She goes above and beyond to make sure her athletes are healthy. Working with coaches to improve the athletes’ strength and conditioning, she has helped to build the foundation that we are trying to build with our middle schoolers. Kim also works with our injured athletes to get them back on the field quickly and safely. She has worked to get our schools nominated for the “safe school” award. Kimberly has also constructed our emergency action plans for each of our venues. She has reached out to the emergency crews to make sure they have the information that they will need when we summon them to our facilities. Kimberly is a vital part of the Greenwood sports medicine team. Her work for Greenwood ISD is above and beyond her normal duties, She is a young trainer, and she has embraced the role with the determination of a seasoned veteran. Greenwood ISD is proud to call her a “Greenwood Ranger”!

Nominated by
Brad Brown
from Greenwood ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 432 853-6551 | P: 432 853-6551


October 26, 2022 at 1:43 pm
Nominee
Krista Taylor
from Maple Mountain High School
E: [email protected] | W: 801-794-6740 | C: 801-310-9987

Krista Taylor has worked at our high school for about 10 years. She is always energetic, with a great attitude and loves being around our athletes. She has earned everyone’s respect by being very knowledgeable, professional and does everything that she can do to help our athletes return to health or stay healthy. Krista goes above and beyond by taking time out of her teaching day or personal life to help not only our athletes, but teachers or family that need medical training attention. She is active in the athletic training profession, pushing for more help and supplies to help her continue to do a great job at our school. Finally, she loves our athletes and will do anything to help them regain their health. She puts their needs above her own and has earned a reputation as one of the best ATs in the state of Utah. I highly recommend Krista Taylor for this recognition.

Nominated by
Brad Burtenshaw
from Maple Mountain HS
E: [email protected] | W: 801-794-6740 | P: 801-455-0828


December 3, 2022 at 1:30 am
Nominee
Lance michel
from Hamilton
E: [email protected] | W: 4808835000 | C:

Best training I have ever worked with. Cares about the kids and is the hardest worker.

Nominated by
Mike Woods
from Hamilton
E: [email protected] | W: 4802151079 | P:


November 16, 2022 at 6:42 pm
Nominee
LaRena Kinser
from Shaw High School/ Hughston Clinic
E: [email protected] | W: 941-718-3857 | C:

I have known LaRena for 3 years now. She was placed at one of our local high schools that is known for having a bad reputation. She was given almost no budget to work with, over 300 athletes and no time off, yet she always gives 110 percent into her job. She has saved many lives by early diagnosing/ emergent situations of not only her students but mine too. LaRena fights for the safety and well-being of the kids even when the coaches push back, and has always stood her ground when she knows something is wrong. Each year she takes students who are interested in athletic training and gives them as much hands on experience as the school will allow. She has even worked with other schools in the county to either start student programs or allow her students to shadow there to get different experiences. She is a positive role model, and many of her student trainers have continued athletic training in college because of her. LaRena has been the assistant to our director for 2 years now, and head lead for almost all of our coverage work outside the schools. At one time she was overseeing 15 athletic trainers and their schedules to coordinate equal coverage. LaRena has also volunteered to help with our administration for our clinic by teaching students who come on field trips, maintenance behind company events and commercials aired on local TV. On top of everything, she is assisting our orthopedic doctors in groundbreaking research.

I believe she goes above and beyond, and deserves the recognition for something she would call “a normal day”.

Nominated by
Kaele Lawless
from Hughston Clinic
E: [email protected] | W: 813-326-5904 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 3:02 pm
Nominee
Liz
from Sherman
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-1370 | C:

Liz is amazing! She is available for student-athletes and coaches pretty much 24/7. She holds a keep high standards for herself and the coaches she is working with. And she supports our student-athletes with training/rehab outside of season.

Nominated by
Adam Reynolds
from Cazenovia CSD
E: [email protected] | W: 315-415-0429 | P:


November 10, 2022 at 3:24 pm
Nominee
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: (315) 655-1370 | C:

Liz goes above and beyond for all of our student-athletes and coaches. She is constantly evolving and helping our student-athletes even outside of their sports seasons. For example, in the off-season leading up to last spring, she did multiple sessions to emphasize injury prevention, which was a huge asset for our student-athletes.

Nominated by
Caitlin Byrne
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: (315) 655-1314 | P:


November 10, 2022 at 3:44 pm
Nominee
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-4136 | C:

Liz Sherman is all about supporting our student-athletes and coaching staff. In nearly 20 years of coaching she is the professional and prepared ATC I’ve ever encountered. Our school’s student-athletes trust her without question, our coaching staff see’s her as a resource, and she has a calming effect on parents.

Liz is the unsung hero of our athletic programs. There is no “ego” with Liz, it’s all about keeping kids safe and healthy.

In addition, she has gone above and beyond to teach players about hydration, nutrition, injury prevention, and safe exercising techniques.

Nominated by
Bob Oldfield
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-5301 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 2:34 pm
Nominee
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156551314 | C: 3152258238

Liz is an outstanding trainer and puts forth an enormous amount of time and effort supporting our athletes. She is an outstanding candidate for this award.

Nominated by
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156551358 | P: 3152258238


November 15, 2022 at 3:17 pm
Nominee
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia CSD
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-1314 | C:

Liz does an awesome job making sure every team in our district is properly equipped for the season. She goes out of her way to connect with students and develop relationships. She communicates with coaches, parents, and student-athletes on a regular basis, and is an awesome resource for our school athletics program!

Nominated by
Sean Condon
from Cazenovia CSD
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-1325 | P:


November 16, 2022 at 10:20 pm
Nominee
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156551314 | C: 3152258238

Liz is an outstanding trainer and puts forth an enormous amount of time and effort supporting our athletes. She is an outstanding candidate for this award.

Nominated by
Liz Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156551358 | P: 3152258238


October 25, 2022 at 2:16 pm
Nominee
Liz Swank
from Bel Air High School/ATI Physical Therapy
E: [email protected] | W: 410-515-0006 | C: (856) 495-6778

For the last ten years, Liz has attended ALL of our school’s games AND practices attending to the many needs of our school’s athletes, coaches and parents. In the fall, winter and spring Liz can be found traveling from field to field in the rain, heat and/or cold to do whatever needs to be done. She attends to our athletes, makes appointments when we need them, and supervises rehab and return to play protocol for each and every athlete who needs it. Our school community trusts and relies on her judgement and we literally put the health of our kids in her extremely capable hands every day.

Nominated by
Calvin Skelton
from Bel Air High School
E: [email protected] | W: 401-638-4600 | P: 410-212-3471


November 23, 2022 at 2:38 pm
Nominee
Lizabeth
from Sherman
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-1314 | C: 315-225-8238

Liz is the best Athletic Trainer I have worked with in my 25+ year career as a coach. She is proactive, not just treating injuries, but educating athletes about prevention and long-term solutions. She exhibits incredible professionalism and has raised the perception of athletes, parents and coaches about the valuable role that athletic trainers play in our program. Liz is exceptionally collaborative and coordinates the efforts of other trainers and the full range of other medical professionals (doctors, school nurse, physical therapists, etc.) to better serve our student athletes. She beloved by our athletes, appreciated by our coaches and instrumental to the success of our entire program.

Nominated by
Kurtis P. Wheeler
from Cazenovia Central School
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-1314 | P: 315-440-9458


November 10, 2022 at 3:35 pm
Nominee
Lizabeth Sherman
from Cazenovia
E: [email protected] | W: 315-655-1370 | C:

Liz has worked so hard to establish such positive relationships with both coaching staff members and students. Everyone respects her knowledge and work ethic. She is someone who is always there when you need her and put everyone else first. She finds students when they forget to go see her for treatment, she is proactive with injury prevention for all of our athletes and runs clinics after school to participate in injury prevention exercises. She is a welcomed member of our community and someone who deserves all of the credit in the world. Even when Liz is not at your practice or game, she is always at the ready with her cell phone and follows up on everything. She has been a stabilizing force in our school and is someone that makes an impact on everyone that she comes into contact with!

Nominated by
Timothy Mascari
from Cazenovia
E: [email protected] | W: 3152637301 | P:


November 10, 2022 at 3:44 pm
Nominee
Lizabeth Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: (315 655-1370 | C: (315) 225-8238

Liz goes above and beyond for our student athletes. She has built a great rapport with the athletes, coaches, and nurses. She is extremely knowledgeable, and always has up to date information to pass on to us. She takes every injury seriously and is a strong advocate for our athletes. She makes sure parents get the proper care for their children when they are injured, and follows up with coaches and the nurses. I feel priveleged to work with Liz and l always know our athletes are getting the best of care!

Nominated by
Kathy Hudson
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: (315) 655-1337 | P: (315) 708-3073


November 15, 2022 at 7:43 pm
Nominee
lizabeth Sherman
from Cazenovia school district
E: [email protected] | W: 315.655.1370 | C: 315.225.8238

As soon as Liz became our schools trainer she immediately reached out to all sports and made sure every sport understood that she was there to support every student athlete regardless of what sport they played. In the past student athletes often felt the athletic trainer was only there for major sports. Liz met with all teams and is constantly touching base with all athletes by stopping by practices and games when possible. Her open door policy in addition to her friendly attitude usually finds her training room full of athletes seeking her advice. I coach tennis and I know that both my girls and boys tennis players now feel very comfortable and confident with treatment and advice they get from Liz.
Liz is committed to the school and keeps all coaches current on her schedule and sends out important articles pertaining to high school athletes.
Liz is well deserving of this award.

Nominated by
Ken Garay
from Cazenovia school district
E: [email protected] | W: 19087973398 | P: 19087973398


November 10, 2022 at 3:26 pm
Nominee
Lizbeth Sherman
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 315.655.1317 | C: 3152258238

I have been a coach at Cazenovia for 8 years. Liz goes above and beyond for our student athletes. She has held training sessions to prevent injuries, she has provided support for students who have been dealt a season ending injury and as well as many other roles where she has gone above and beyond. She is an asset to our athletic programs.

Nominated by
Kaleen Sessler
from Cazenovia High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156631848 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 3:35 pm
Nominee
Lizbeth Sherman
from Cazenovia Central School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156551358 | C:

Liz is an outstanding trainer. She is knowledgeable and professional. She cares about our athletes and is well respected by them. She makes things easier for our coaching staff. She is consistently working with our coaches and athletes to improve overall performance and limit injuries. She is a very caring person and you see it everyday in the help and advice she gives to our athletes and our coaches. She is a mentor to her colleagues and younger people going into the profession She goes above and beyond the call of duty and it is evident in all she does.

Nominated by
Lorraine Scheftic
from Cazenovia Central School
E: [email protected] | W: 3156551358 | P: 3155592189


November 10, 2022 at 5:01 pm
Nominee
Mary Leafblad
from The Covenant School – Dallas
E: [email protected] | W: 214-358-5818 | C:

Mary Leafblad has spent her career devoted to the Athletic training profession. From day one of being the AT here at The Covenant School, she has devoted countless hours to her job and caring for the health and safety of the athletes at our school. Our students and families consider her invaluable. She is an asset to our campus and is one of the many reasons the Athletics Program at Covenant continues to flourish.

Nominated by
Jesse Olvera
from The Covenant School – Dallas
E: [email protected] | W: 2143585818 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 5:08 pm
Nominee
Matt Owens
from Round Rock Cedar Ridge High School
E: [email protected] | W: 512-704-0316 | C: 512-968-0658

Matt Owens has been the heart of the Cedar Ridge High School athletic training program for the last 7 years. Matt leads a team of 3 athletic trainers including himself. He has successfully championed the addition of the 3rd athletic trainer at Cedar Ridge. Matt also hosts and mentor’s undergraduate athletic training students and physical therapy sports residence at his clinic. He continues to run a high level of rehab and care to a population of over 1000 athletes at Cedar Ridge High School. His athletic training student aid program combined with their Sports Medicine elective runs on average 12-15 great high school students. Matt not only helps organize sports medicine care at his campus but is vital in the organization of middle school football athletic trainer coverage, district wide CPR certification, and the district point person for Rank One athlete management software. This past year he has also been a lead in the successful partnership of Round Rock ISD and Ascension Seton Hospital Group. In addition to his professional duties he’s very active in his church and being a dad to his high school senior athlete.

Nominated by
John Horsley
from Round Rock Westwood High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5124644053 | P: 5127891480


December 2, 2022 at 7:37 pm
Nominee
Matthew
from Simok
E: [email protected] | W: 626-915-5841 | C: 818-588-5952

Our athletic trainer, Matt Simok, is literally the standard in his field. In our state of California and throughout the United States, he is well-respected among his peers in his field of work. Under general direction, he performs a variety of activities involved in the prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries. He administers preventative and
rehabilitative treatment to students and athletes engaged in various high school sports on our campus and provides information, in-service, and guidance to coaches and faculty. He also serves as a liaison between the students, parents, coaches, and physicians in evaluation, management, treatment, and long-term
rehabilitation of athletic injuries as well as working a flexible schedule performing related duties as assigned.

He attends home and away sports events to monitor athletic activities and provide medical treatment services including identifying, evaluating, and providing immediate first aid in response to athletic injuries. He responds to medical emergencies; refers student-athletes to physicians or the hospital as
appropriate. He has actually been seen on national television and the news for once saving the life of a soccer coach in a playoff contest on our school property.

Our athletic trainer provides assistance to students in the prevention of athletic injuries and prepares students for practice and competition; tapes, stretches, massages, and wraps athletes to prevent injury or re-injury. He also supplies and assists students with straps, braces, and other adaptive equipment to provide protection from injury.

He also assists students with special therapeutic exercises by performing demonstrations and ensuring students’ understanding of proper exercise techniques and procedures; assists in educating students, coaches, parents, and faculty in nutrition, health, weight management, concussions, and
heat illnesses. Implements physician instructions related to rehabilitation; consults with physicians and other medical personnel in determining and monitoring the appropriate course of treatment for injured students. Our athletic trainer evaluates, determines, and recommends appropriate timelines for sidelining and returning injured student-athletes to playing status; advises student-athletes, coaches, and others regarding potential health risks of athletic participation to prevent injury and re-injury. He also plans, organizes, and coordinates the transportation and care of athletic safety equipment,
uniforms, supplies, and materials for home and away events. He also assists with physical examinations and physical fitness screening. He prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports related to students, injuries, treatment, progress, supplies, and assigned activities. He also always follows Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) regulations regarding confidential student information. We ask him and he orders and maintains adequate inventory levels of first aid, bracing, and other treatment supplies as needed inspects and assures the safety of athletic equipment, uniforms, and facilities; identifies and provides recommendations for resolving potential hazards. In addition, he supervises student assistants and provides work direction and training, operates a motor vehicle to conduct work, and assists in off-season conditioning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of physical fitness.

Here are a few lists of his employment standards:
KNOWLEDGE OF:
Principles, practices, procedures, techniques, and equipment used in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.
Diagnostic symptoms of various athletic injuries and appropriate methods of treatment.
Practices, procedures, and techniques involved in taping, stretching, massaging, and wrapping athletes to prevent injury or re-injury.
Medical practices, procedures, and terminology related to athletic training.
Principles and theories of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and diet.
General principles of return to play protocols.
Operation of a variety of first aid, therapeutic, and adaptive equipment.
Safety guidelines and regulations in athletic and therapeutic activities.
Individualized rehabilitation and reconditioning techniques and procedures for injured students.
First Aid and CPR techniques.
Oral and written communication skills.
Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
Record-keeping and report preparation techniques.
Inventory methods and practices.
Disinfectant and clean and sterile equipment techniques.
General principles of supervision and training.
ABILITY TO:
Perform a variety of activities involved in the prevention and treatment of student athletic injuries.
Attend sports events to monitor athletic activities and provide medical treatment services.
Develop and implement individualized rehabilitation, therapeutic, and reconditioning programs for injured students.
Identify, evaluate, and provide immediate first aid in response to athletic abilities.
Understand, recognize and carry out directions issued by physicians and physical therapists related to concussions and other related injuries.
Tape, stretch, massage, and wrap athletes to prevent injury or re-injury.
Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
Learn, interpret, and apply applicable laws, codes, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Assist students with specialized therapeutic exercises.
Inspect and assure the safety of athletic equipment and uniforms.
Operate a variety of first aid, therapeutic, adaptive, rehabilitation, and weight equipment.
Determine and recommend appropriate timelines for sidelining and returning injured student-athletes to playing status.
Provide information, education, and guidance to students, parents, coaches, and faculty.
Work flexible hours as needed by the assignment.
Provide work direction and guidance to student assistants.
Plan and organize work.
Meet schedules and timelines.
Work independently with little direction.
Maintain records and prepare reports.
Perform basic arithmetical calculations.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with others.
Promote team building and a positive work environment.
Work confidentiality with discretion.

Matt currently has almost completed his doctorate and serves as an ambassador and pioneer in his field within our area and beyond. He is the kindest, most generous, and most dependable person I know and has gone as far as not only does he treat our student-athletes but his fellow colleagues and family members throughout the community. Candidly, he is more qualified and better suited to be at the highest level in his field but is gracious and decent that he has built a winning and successful program in our own community priding himself in serving a socioeconomic that does not and would not have the resources without him fostering and nurturing generations of kids and adults. At the very least, this recognition would validate and value his service to our community and recognize and reward him for the selfless acts he performs every day. Matt Simok, our athletic trainer is most deserving of this award, and the joy this recognition would bring him and our community we would embrace and celebrate for him doing the noblest of professions mending and healing children so they can do what they love and what we are here for education-based athletics and giving to children and their education. We are a better school for the life skills and social skills he models and teaches are children and the joy he brings to his community.

Nominated by
Dominic Farrar
from Charter Oak High School
E: [email protected] | W: 626-915-5841 | P: 626-665-8466


October 25, 2022 at 2:18 pm
Nominee
Meagan Farraher
from Worcester Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 5087545302 | C: 4132370453

Meagan checks off all of the “criteria boxes” and more in her capacity as one of our Certified Athletic Trainers here at Worcester Academy. In addition to her duties with direct supervision over Football in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter and Baseball in the Spring, Meg is our school-wide, on call “go to,” to fix the aches and pains of students, faculty, administrators and even area alums. She brings a wealth of knowledge from her PT experiences and combines a sense of calmness and empathy to everyone she works with. Meg is absolutely adored by our student-athletes and spends time – pool rehab in the early morning; cold baths in the training facility into the early evening hours; stretching and balance exercises for those on the mend & more. Additionally, Meg finds time to engage in Community Service projects here in the Greater Worcester area (St John’s Food Pantry) and does it all with a smile and a sense that she is truly enjoying her work. She is passionate about her profession and has mentored numerous Worcester Academy students who work closely with here in the training room and on the sideline during contests. Inspired by Meg’s caring oversight and witnessing the positive impact Meg has on our athletes and our community, a number of our college bound students have opted to pursue a course of study to prepare them for this noble profession. Meg is “all-in” with our school initiatives to bring awareness to causes that need attention; i.e October Breast Cancer Awareness games; Play for K games in the Winter; Strike out Cancer game during the baseball season. In an era where it is easy to forget or downplay the need “to serve others”, Meg does it on a daily basis without fanfare, without the need for recognition and is an absolute treasure in every respect.

Nominated by
Edward A Reilly
from Worcester Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 5087545302 | P: 5082945289


October 28, 2022 at 8:16 pm
Nominee
Megan Sarles
from Tigard High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5034315467 | C: 5032692941

Megan is hands down the best Athletic Trainer in our state. This is my 26th year as a head coach and have worked with 9 different trainers and Megan is the best. She not only is very good at her job but to watch her build relationships with our student-athletes, parents, staff, and our community is inspiring. Megan has her Bachelor degree in Public Health and her Masters in Athletic Training. She is on the board for the Sam Day Foundation which organizes several events that raise money for children cancer. She is also an advisor for the Alpha Gamma Delta chapter at Oregon State University. Megan is the “go to” trainer for Pacific University students who are working at earning their Masters in Athletic Training. Her “work day” here at school is from 2pm-10pm but she is often here for morning practices or students who need treatment (as well as all weekend practices). You’d be hard pressed to find someone as well liked and respected as Megan Sarles.

Nominated by
Shawn
from Tigard High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5034315477 | P: 5039132028


November 10, 2022 at 3:40 pm
Nominee
Melanie Stukes
from Carolina High School
E: [email protected] | W: 864-355-2377 | C: 864-436-1804

Our trainer is very deserving of consideration for the Most Valuable Trainer Award. She has been an outstanding pillar in the Carolina Athletic department for 15 years. Melanie mentors coaches, sits in on interviews in addition to providing care for our athletes. She has a solid relationship with the athletes and the parent community. Our athletic budget is not as grand as most schools, and Melanie understands our financial restrictions and she budgets and prioritizes needs and still makes sure that the care and service the students receive is equal to the other athletes in Greenville County. Although she lives an hour away from the school, she has never complained about staying late waiting on the parent of an injured athlete or arriving early to cover non-school day practices scheduled by coaches. Melanie may not have to cover 3-4 levels of sports that some do, but her efforts given to our 22 teams does not go unnoticed and is deserving of greater recognition. When she is not tasked with events on Carolina’s campus, Melanie covers at other high schools and community events.

Nominated by
Thomas Fair
from Carolina High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8643552318 | P: 8643031551


November 10, 2022 at 8:18 pm
Nominee
Melissa Portela
from Sandra Day O’Connor High
E: [email protected] | W: 623-445-7389 | C:

Missy Portela is one of Athletic Trainers at O’Connor High School. She has taken the lead role in our AT department. She plays a vital role in our athletic department and in our Career and Technology Education department.
Missy attends our monthly Athletic department coaches meetings. Within those meetings, she keeps our AD and coaches update on processes and procedures relevant to the treatment of student athletes. Missy also connects with in-season coaches through email and face to face conversations.
Missy teaches our Sports Medicine curriculum as well as our NSAM class. In both of those classes she has her students active in the training lab teaching, demonstrating and having students practicing their skills related to athletic training/sports medicine. As well as, her NSAM students in the weight room to put to use their class learning. Students in these classes often want to volunteer hours in the Training room after school and at athletic competitions.
Missy also is a preceptor to GCU Athletic Training students. She takes on 2-3 of the clinical students each semester and provides the opportunities to use their skills and work on the proficiencies. She creates an environment for those students to be successful and debriefs with them after patient care opportunities. Missy instills confidence in her students and interns by the way she gives them instruction and feedback specific to what they are doing.
Speaking specifically for my team, Missy has used her personal time to travel with us to a three day softball tournament. She has shown up early, 6:00 am, to make sure that my athletes get what they need prior to leaving for a game or tournament. Along those lines, she is present in supporting our athletes at state tournament games and championships. Missy also has taken on designing and facilitating mobity workout for injury prevention, strength workouts for performance and recovery workout for our female athletes in Power Training classes. Missy definitely goes above and beyond her duties in the classroom and training room.
When it comes to community service, toy drives, can food drives, Childhood cancer awareness and diabetes awareness campaigns are a part of her culture in her program. She rallies her students to get behind and support these campaigns. Missy also reaches out to our community through her communication with parents of student athletes, connecting them with our team doctors, or The Core medical facility for physicals and treatment beyond the training room.
Missy is an excellent representation of Athletic Trainers.

Nominated by
Melissa Hobson
from O’Connor High School
E: [email protected] | W: 623-445-7142 | P: 623-210-8141


November 16, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Nominee
Michael Elder
from Shikellamy High School
E: [email protected] | W: 570-286-2702 | C: 717-348-1677

Mike has been the trainer at Shikellamy for over 20 years. I have worked with my as both a coach and as the AD at Shikellamy. He is passion and desire to make our athletes the best they can be. He helps them in all areas of being an athletes, he gives them advice in nutrition, training, and rehab. He is an asset to our athletic program.

Nominated by
Tim Foor
from Shikellamy High School
E: [email protected] | W: 570-286-3702 | P: 570-898-2824


October 25, 2022 at 6:19 pm
Nominee
Michael Giordano, Jr.
from Thornton Academy
E: [email protected] | W: (207)-282-3361 | C: (207)-450-5850

It is my great pleasure to write on behalf of Michael (Tony) Giordano, Jr., L-ATC. A graduate of South Portland (Maine) High School and the University of Southern Maine, Tony has served for the past eleven years as an athletic trainer at Thornton Academy in Maine following stints at nearby Cheverus High School and Bonny Eagle High School . In that capacity, he has assumed a leadership role in sports medicine in the southern Maine region, and his work has benefited scores of young athletes who have performed on the courts and playing fields of this school.

In his work at Thornton Academy, Tony Giordano has a proven record of excellence and dedication to his profession. His greatest asset is his ability to work with young people. He is committed to the safety and well-being of all youngsters involved in the interscholastic athletic program and uses both preventative as well as rehabilitative approaches to that end. A student of his craft, he keeps abreast of the latest methodologies and utilizes a progressive approach in his athletic training practice. He has excellent knowledge of his chosen expertise and demonstrates competence and confidence as he diagnoses injuries and prescribes remedial measures. At all times he employs a highly professional yet friendly approach that is reassuring to students and their parents and inspires their confidence in him. He is committed to his professional development and regular attends events offered by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

An excellent communicator, Tony excels at both oral and written expression. He interacts with student-athletes, parents, and coaches in a professional manner and has an open door policy for all. He articulates his ideas clearly and concisely that meets the needs of his audience. His ability to write has made a lasting impact on the Thornton Academy athletic landscape. In particular, he was a regular participant and contributor to the Pandemic Project Task Force, a 21-session on-line forum for managing the pandemic. In addition, he has worked with the athletic administrator to develop site-specific emergency protocols for all of the school’s facilities. These works are positive exemplars for other athletic trainers to emulate and will form a lasting legacy established by Tony for the school.

Tony’s commitment to the future of his profession is clearly demonstrated by his work with the sports medicine programs at both the University of New England and the University of Southern Maine. Each year Tony works closely with three to five student athletic trainers from that program. He oversees their work and provides direct instruction and feedback on a number of areas, including delivery of service, observing all HIPPA and FERPA regulations, and meeting professional standards. In his work in this area, he has served as a positive mentor for young people aspiring to the profession and enhanced the breadth and depth of the athletic training services that Thornton Academy has been able to offer to our own students and those of other schools in the region.

Tony Giordano is a significant contributor to the athletic department at Thornton Academy and to the athletic training profession as a whole in the southern Maine region. The experiences of the student-athletes and coaches has been enriched by his presence and his work at our school. A former student-athlete himself, he clearly understands the importance of athletics to student life in the school and always puts the athlete’s best interests in mind. At all times, he is cognizant of the importance of safety and precaution and lives the mantra that the health and well-being of the youngster is the most important factor in making decisions about his or her ability to participate. He is a trusted friend and colleague who plays a significant role in the lives of the people whom he serves.

I can think of no candidate more deserving for consideration of this honor than Tony Giordano. I encourage your consideration of his qualifications. If I can be of further assistance to you, please feel free to contact me at (207)-602-4406.

Sincerely,
Gary R. Stevens
Director of Student Activities
Thornton Academy
Saco, ME

Nominated by
Gary Stevens
from Thornton Academy
E: [email protected] | W: 207-602-4406 | P: 207-671-4578


November 15, 2022 at 11:21 pm
Nominee
Michael Sansing
from Seminole ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 8062172050 | C:

I provided a text nomination for me and my wife Emily Sansing.

Nominated by
Emily Sansing
from Seminole ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 9154725184 | P:


November 17, 2022 at 1:30 pm
Nominee
Ms. April Gonzalez
from Miami Southridge Senior High School
E: [email protected] | W: (305)238-6110 | C:

It gives me great pleasure to nominate our Head Athletic Trainer, Ms. April Gonzalez as a nominee for the Most Valuable Trainer Award. Not only is she an excellent Head Athletic Trainer but in some ways also an integral extension of our Athletic Department and Coaching Staff. She always prioritizes the safety of all of our student athletes and is a phenomenal asset to our school and community alike.

Nominated by
Ms. April Gonzalez
from Miami Southridge Senior High School
E: [email protected] | W: (305)238-6110 | P: (305)720-8554


November 15, 2022 at 4:11 pm
Nominee
Nancy Vanley
from Parkland High School
E: [email protected] | W: 9154346000 | C:

Nancy is truly dedicated to the profession and her colleagues. She is always welcoming. She is highly respected and revered on her campus and by many throughout the district. She has often been there for me through many trials. She is highly involved in campus and community events including FCA. She is well loved in and around her community. She has built a solid Athletic Training program at Parkland H.S. where she mentors her student trainers not only in the training room, but in all aspects of life. I have had student trainers work with her and they could not say enough good things about her upon their return. She welcomes everyone’s students with open arms and is willing to share her knowledge and love with them.

Nominated by
Ineka Olbrisch
from Eastwood Middle School
E: [email protected] | W: 9154344300 | P: 9154713822


October 25, 2022 at 2:09 pm
Nominee
Nate Clark
from Simon Kenton HS/St. Elizabeth
E: [email protected] | W: 859-960-0179 | C: 513-378-6308

I’ve been involved in high school coaching for 27 years and I have worked with several athletic trainers. Nate is by far the best that I have worked with for many reasons. I recently took over as our schools Athletic Director and when speaking to our coaches about Nate, it is always about what a great job he is doing. He goes far beyond the call of duty. We had a football player get a concussion and Nate felt the athlete needed to go to the emergency room. We had three lightning delays during the game. It started at 6:00 in the evening and ended at 11:30 p.m. Nate stopped at the hospital on his way home to check on the athlete. he could have called….he chose to stop by in person. Nate also is a mentor to five other AT’s in our area. He travels to them one day a week to shadow and advise them, and of course is in contact via text and calls. Nate constantly communicates with athletes’ parents. Anytime he is treating an athlete, he will call their parents so there isn’t any miscommunication. He knows high school students sometimes don’t give the parents the whole story. It might sound cliche, but Nate is loved by the student athletes, parents, and coaches here at Simon Kenton High School.

Nominated by
Troy Roberts
from Simon Kenton HS
E: [email protected] | W: 859-960-0179 | P: 859-240-4999


October 25, 2022 at 7:39 pm
Nominee
Patrick O’Haver
from School Town of HIghland
E: [email protected] | W: 2199225611 | C: 12194065499

1X Indiana Athletic Trainer of the year
Started a student athletic trainer program
Brought in College athletic trainer interns to Highland
Working with Central Office to bring a full time trainer to Highland Full Funded by STOH and not outside sources.
As the athletic directors w/ no assistant, Patrick is my Right Hand Man, doing duties not in his job description but doing what is needed for our athletes.

Nominated by
Ryan Harrington
from School Town of HIghland
E: [email protected] | W: 219922-5611 | P: 219-406-5499


December 1, 2022 at 7:12 pm
Nominee
Paul Widner
from Beacon Health System/NorthWood High school
E: [email protected] | W: 574-354-0709 | C: 574-354-0709

I am pleased and honored to nominate Paul Widner MsEd, LAT, ATC for the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award. I have had the pleasure of working with Paul for just three short years; however, I learned very quickly that Paul embodies the athletic training profession in everything he does. Paul joined the Beacon athletic training team two years ago after he retired from teaching and decided to only hold 1 full time
job. For many years, Paul juggled being a full time educator at the school and the full time athletic trainer. Beacon struck gold when he became an addition to our team. Paul has been a certified athletic trainer for 34 years and has been an NATA member for 36 years, during that time he has done nothing but lift up the athletic training profession in his local community. Paul has been the athletic trainer for Northwood High school for 34
years and during that time has brought nothing but pride to the profession. The Northwood school district has looked to Paul as an educator in the medical community and has leaned on him for guidance as an athletic trainer throughout his tenure there. He developed the athletic training student aid program at Northwood High School, which has flourished over the years and provided future athletic trainers locally and nationally. He has graciously hosted Beacon undergraduate athletic interns. He created the schools official concussion return to play policy long before it became law in the state of Indiana. He has been an educator about the profession of athletic training to his community and spoken to local news, school boards, local EMS, and anyone he can to educate on the profession and what services athletic trainers are able to provide. He was also a staple in helping determine COVID protocols and provided much needed guidance and leadership through the current pandemic. He has worked hard to get Northwood the safe sport school first team award recently, and continues to grow and adapt with the changing times, all while providing comprehensive medical care for Northwood and the Michiana area. It is apparent that Paul was a stand out from the beginning of his career. He not only won the “Sayers J Miller Jr.” scholarship in 1986, was the NATA student writing contest second runner up in 1987, but also was recognized as the GLATA certification achievement award winner in 1987. From the beginning, Paul had passion and embodied everything about athletic training. Paul has gone on to serve his community in many ways as a respected allied health care provider. He served on the IATA communications committee in the late 90’s and early 200’s, provided medical coverage for the North and South all start football team. He has volunteered for GLATA meetings, and served as an exam proctor through the late 80’s and early 90’s. Outside of athletic training, Paul has made a name for himself by working with the Boy Scouts of American as a committee member, tiger leader, and
cubmaster. As the Coordinator of athletic training at Beacon, and head athletic trainer at Indiana University South bend, I have worked with many athletic trainers across the state of Indiana, and have worked with many more across the country in my service nationally through the NAIA-ATA. I have had the pleasure of working with and being
mentored by many veteran athletic trainers Paul is among that group. I view Paul not only as a leader of this profession but also as a mentor, not only do I learn how to be a better athletic trainer, I learn how to be adaptable to the changes through him. I have never met a veteran athletic trainer more willing to learn and grow. He inspires other athletic trainers around him to be better, and motivates those in his ATSA program, and Beacon undergraduate interns to go into the profession. Paul’s wisdom, professionalism, insight, communication, passion, dedication, and experience is above the rest to say the least. He has served not only his community but the athletic training profession in more ways than many will know.

Kara Werner-Sanders, MAC, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Head Athletic Trainer
Indiana University South Bend
Athletic Training Coordinator
Beacon Bone & Joint Specialists
Associate Faculty EDUC U100 IU South Bend
Associate Faculty IU South Bend Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences: Sport and Exercises Science
Program
Office: 574-520-4283
Cell: 630-987-9687
Fax: 574-520-5231
Email: [email protected]
Kara Werner-Sanders

Nominated by
Kara Werner-Sanders
from Beacon Health System/IU South Bend
E: [email protected]healthsystem.org | W: 6309879687 | P: 6309879687


November 28, 2022 at 12:09 am
Nominee
Peyton Lee
from Fairfield High School
E: p[email protected] | W: 205-264-9596 | C: 205-370-7472

Peyton Lee is a teacher/athletic trainer at Fairfield High School (FHS). He has served as an athletic trainer for four years and has been teaching in the career prep program for two years. Peyton is the epitome of a secondary school athletic trainer. He has excelled in athletic training, community service, fundraising, and leadership/administration. As a teacher/athletic trainer, Peyton teaches five classes at Fairfield high school and provides healthcare to the high school and middle school. Peyton goes above and beyond. He frequently travels with all sports.
Peyton has a student aid program which allows him to shape future healthcare professionals. He gets so many applicants every year, he must turn some students away. He has a rigorous application process. Peyton provides the students with spirit packs, so they always look professional. He teaches his student aides the importance of prevention, first aid, and emergency care. For National Athletic Training Month, Peyton takes his HOSA students on a field trip to the University of Alabama to expose them to an accredited athletic training program; he is an alum of the program.
Peyton is very involved in the Fairfield community. He hosts a sports medicine camp every summer at FHS. This camp is open to all high school students; however, the demographic of the camp is predominately African American/Black. The two-day event encompasses training in first aid, taping, splinting, spine boarding, and CPR. Peyton has numerous health care professionals such as doctors, nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and EMS share their experiences with the students. The students are given the opportunity to ask questions about different career fields.
Peyton is an active member of the Alabama Athletic Trainers Association (ALATA). He is a member of the ALATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC). While Peyton is not ethnically diverse, he is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He invited members of the ALATA EDAC committee to participate in the sport medicine camp.
Last year, Peyton was able to secure the Stop the Bleed program. Each student went through Stop the Bleed course and was gifted a Stop the Bleed kit. These kits were also provided to the athletic training volunteers. During football season, Peyton had to unfortunate opportunity to utilize his Stop the Bleed kit. A male was tailgating during a game and was shot in hip/butt from a stray bullet. Peyton was the only medical personnel in the vicinity. He had to activate EMS because they do not cover Fairfield High School games. Peyton packed the wound and the kept the man stable until EMS arrived approximately 20 minutes.
Peyton is well respected and known in the Fairfield community. He has grown so much as an athletic trainer. He is very open, empathetic, organized, and has great communication skills. He is not complacent. He always wants to get better. Peyton excels at fundraising. He has raised money for his athletic training program in creative ways such as calendar squares. This year, he was awarded the “One Classroom at a Time” grant for $1000 for excelling as a Career Tech Health Science Teacher. Peyton has done numerous media engagements and interviews involving athletic training and HOSA. He is not camera shy.
One of his biggest accomplishments was pursuing the Fairfield administration to knock down a wall in the athletic training facility so that he could expand the space to properly care for his patients. Additionally, Peyton was able to get his athletic training contract switched from Encore Sports Medicine to Drayer Physical Therapy Institute. Peyton advocated for himself and his patients.
Peyton recently completed his Master of Science degree in Sports Management from Jacksonville State. This year, Peyton was named the Assistant Athletic Director at Fairfield High School. This duty was previously held by the former football coach. Peyton applied and interviewed for the job. The principal at Fairfield honored him with the role on Feb. 10, 2022. This is a major accomplishment for a secondary school athletic trainer. As a leader in the profession of athletic training and within Fairfield’s athletic department, Peyton exudes the ability to multitask. In this short time, Peyton has been successful in all three roles.
In summary, I highly recommend Peyton Lee for the Training -Conditioning Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award. Peyton has excelled in athletic training, community service, advocacy, fundraising, and leadership/administration. Peyton truly deserves this honor. I have no doubt he will continue to do great things in his roles within the Fairfield Community and ALATA EDAC.

Nominated by
Ciara Taylor
from Oak Mountain High School/ATI Physical Therapy
E: [email protected] | W: 205-682-5386 | P: 205-538-6069


November 15, 2022 at 4:11 pm
Nominee
Rebekah Garner
from Princeton COmmunity High School
E: [email protected] | W: 8123859250 | C:

Rebekah is very actively involved in our school athletic system. Not only does she are for the athletes injuries but she truly cares about their well-being and works well with the coaches and staff at PCHS. She administers their ImPACT testing and follows up with all types of injuries. However, she also includes the students as “team managers” that want to be involved but cannot physically participate. I have seen students with autism and Down’s Syndrome be an active part of the her “team”. It is heartwarming to see EVERYONE being a part of athletic community. Rebekah speaks with athletes, coaches and parents at any time to answer questions and promote the best care pan for that student athlete. Her goal is a safe and steady return to sports; she views the athletes as a “person” and not just an “athlete”. She has attended different non athletic school programs to support our athletes; some of our student have poor support systems and her care and compassion for them is evident.

Nominated by
Julie Koberstein
from PCHS/NGSC
E: [email protected] | W: 18123852591 | P:


October 25, 2022 at 3:04 pm
Nominee
Robert Jones
from Queensbury Union Free School District
E: [email protected] | W: 518-824-8811 | C: 518-528-0429

Robert Jones has been the AT at Queensbury for 17 years and has over 25 years of experience. He teaches physical education/health during the day and serves as the AT for over 70 teams throughout the year. He continuously promotes health and wellness activities, healthy lifestyle choices, and parent information nights.

Coach Jones has developed trust with our student-athletes, parents, and coaches to ensure that the care and treatment needed are first and foremost with our students. Bob’s teaching day begins at 7:30 am and ends at 2:00 pm. He then opens the training room to athletes until he is out on the fields and courts supervising games and providing care to both home and visiting athletes until all contests are over. For many nights, this is between 7pm and 9pm. On many occasions, his quick-to-respond and calm approach have saved student-athletes, spectators, and officials from further injury or illness.

Coach Jones started an Athletic Training class at our high school that earns students SUNY College credit. Students are exposed to many different sports-medicine-related occupations and participate in an athletic training practicum. We now have several students who are pursuing athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other related fields in college.

Bob Jones is one of the greatest assets we have within our entire 500-plus employee staff. His knowledge, compassion and care for everyone who comes onto our campus are well known. I can not accurately describe the number of compliments and emails of appreciation I have received over the years. I would not be able to complete the duties I have as an athletic administrator if it were not for the efforts of Bob Jones .

Nominated by
Richard S Keys
from Queensbury UFSD
E: [email protected] | W: 15188245687 | P: 5187965980


November 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm
Nominee
Ryan Larkin
from Temple University
E: [email protected] | W: 215-204-9323 | C:

Ryan started with us in the middle of a pandemic and the middle of gymnastics season. She did an outstanding job handling both and raised the standard of care for her student-athletes. She’s earned the respect of the student-athletes, AT staff, coaches and administration. She mentors several AT students and is currently working on her DAT degree.

Nominated by
Kevin Addison
from Temple University
E: [email protected] | W: 8034679652 | P:


November 1, 2022 at 2:19 pm
Nominee
Ryan Larkin
from Temple University
E: [email protected] | W: 215-204-9323 | C:

Ryan started with us in the middle of a pandemic and the middle of gymnastics season. She did an outstanding job handling both and raised the standard of care for her student-athletes. She’s earned the respect of the student-athletes, AT staff, coaches and administration. She mentors several AT students and is currently working on her DAT degree.

Nominated by
Kevin Addison
from Temple University
E: [email protected] | W: 8034679652 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 4:46 pm
Nominee
Samantha Pearson
from IRG PT / Everett CC / Everett School District
E: [email protected] | W: 2109134783 | C:

Sami is employed through IRG, and due to the national shortage has done a phenominal job of juggling coverage at her clinic, with Everett Community College and Everett High School. She communicates weekly with her schedule (as it is always changing) and makes time every day to work with our athletes who are injured or recovering from injury. She coordinates care with our team physician through Seattle Children’s hospital, and if there is ever a conflict in coverage, she has found replacements so that we are never left without an athletic trainer at our athletic events. On average we have about 90 home contests a year with our different sports and she has either covered herself or arranged coverage for all of them in addition to office hours in our training room on campus.

Nominated by
Garet Studer
from Everett Community College
E: [email protected] | W: 425-388-9328 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 5:49 pm
Nominee
Samantha Pearson
from Everett Public Schools- Everett High
E: [email protected] | W: 2109134783 | C:

Sami has come to EHS to provide ATC services as a contracted Employee for IRG. She not only serves our Athletes and the Clinic but also contracts for our local Community College, Everett CC. They way she balances all of our needs with the highest level of service has been incredible. I have worked with many Athletic trainers both at the high school and college levels and Sami is among the best I’ve seen in her customer service, her quick ability to form rapport with coaches, athletes and families, and her willingness to support our other programs at all times. She was quick to take on students in training and provide them with a mentorship opportunity that their sports medicine class has been longing for. The joy that she has brought to the students of EHS who have the opportunity to intern and be mentored by Sami is visible.

Sami is new to our area from out of state and came into a tight knit community and immediately made it her home. She cares for each student athlete as her number one priority and the families are so grateful to have someone caring so greatly for their athlete with care that they have never been able to seek for their athlete due to financial hardship. I can’t say enough about Sami and her deserving this award.

Dani Mundell
District Director of Athletics

Nominated by
Dani Mundell
from Everett Public Schools
E: [email protected] | W: 4253854269 | P:


October 25, 2022 at 10:33 pm
Nominee
Sara Smith (Carey)
from Muskego
E: [email protected] | W: 262-971-1790 x4129 | C:

Sara has gone out of her way to help all of our student athletes each and everyday. This year she has stepped out of the athletic realm and helped our HOSA club. She went out of her way to find supplies and sponsorships to assist this group in their health profession endeavors. Sara knows the work force of health care positions needs the next generation to step up and enter the field, as society depends on it. Please consider Sara for this award as she is a rock star in our community!

Nominated by
Ryan McMillen
from Muskego High School
E: [email protected] | W: 12629711790 x4517 | P:


October 25, 2022 at 1:18 pm
Nominee
Scott Bedigrew
from Norman North High School – Oklahoma
E: [email protected] | W: 405-366-5954 | C:

Scott is the greatest of all time. He mentors young, old athletic trainers, students athletic trainers and even student athletes. He takes pride in his craft and is a valuable resource to myself among others. I can’t express how much it has meant to work with him at games and in overall life.
He is long overdue on an award for his life achievements…. However I couldn’t see someone more deserving than Scott.
Norman North is lucky to have such an amazing AT onboard.
Respectfully,
Bryan Smith ATC/LAT – Mercy Sports Medicine/Piedmont High School

Nominated by
Bryan J Smith
from Piedmont High School – Mercy Sports Medicine
E: [email protected] | W: 17852507597 | P: 17852507597


November 15, 2022 at 4:18 pm
Nominee
Shannon Aberton
from Boulder HS CU Sports Medicine
E: [email protected] | W: 720-561-2245 | C: 3035798769

Shannon has worked at Boulder HS for over 20 years and is not only a athletic trainner but works as a game manager to ensure that all Soccer and Basketball run smooth. All of the students love her. She is the breath of fresh air at Boulder HS. She runs a program called March maddness and they raise money for students without medical insurance.

Nominated by
Jenni Bernstein
from Boulder HS
E: [email protected] | W: 720-561-5747 | P: 3037099471


November 16, 2022 at 5:07 am
Nominee
Shannon Aberton
from Boulder High School
E: [email protected] | W: 303-579-8769 | C:

Shannon is the glue for Boulder High athletics. Beyond helping student athletes’ physical needs, she is always available to chat and many athletes enjoy just hanging out in her office. She also runs all of the Boulder High Athletics social media accounts, and really keeps up with what is going on with each team. Shannon is also one of the most senior athletic trainers in the area and is a resource for those that are less experienced.

Nominated by
Courtney Geib
from Boulder High School
E: [email protected] | W: 303-898-9260 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 4:32 pm
Nominee
Shannon Alberton
from Boulder High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3035798769 | C: 3035798769

When it comes to the respect that Shannon has earned with not only the coaching and administration staff, her players absolutely love her! She constantly goes above and beyond the call of duty as an athletic trainer and is an incredible mentor to her students. She has a motherly vibe as she cares about the person, not just the student or the success of the athlete. She cares beyond words and each athlete that comes through her doors feels that love. As for community service, career development, and expanding her professional career, her body of work speaks for itself. She mentors numerous other athletic trainers, is constantly working with CU med to better our options and treatments, and is a staple in the community. She organizes, hosts, and recruits teams and businesses in the area for her May Madness tournament. The proceeds of this tournament goes towards underprivileged schools in the district to provide some sort of athletic training to their athletes that might otherwise not have access to care. She is actively providing care to people she cannot even see. Shannon embodies everything that this award is and would be a complete miss to not recognize her and her accomplishments over the years. A true pillar of support and strength in our school and someone that all of our athletes and coaches love. She lights up a room when she enters and no one ever leaves not knowing how good a care they received. I cannot recommend Shannon enough to receive this award. I appreciate your consideration.

Nominated by
Matthew Smith
from Boulder High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3032494479 | P:


October 27, 2022 at 7:39 pm
Nominee
Shawn Urton
from Caprock High School/ Amarillo ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 8063262200 | C: 8062318312

Shawn Urton better designated as Doc Urton has worked with AISD for twenty-eight years, no one could have known the major impact that this trainer and educator would have on all aspects of our community. Doc has influenced and assisted multiple generations of students, coaches, and community
members in his time as an Athletic Trainer. I can personally attest that Doc has had an impact on my own family, and the girls’ basketball program, along with assisting all Caprock high school students when any emergency situation happens. I have witnessed Doc Urton sprint from a softball field to the track behind our AC because we had a junior high kid break his leg. Anytime a student or athlete is injured he is always there to calm them and get them the appropriate medical treatment. Doc Urton will always go above and beyond for our athletes to ensure that they are ready to perform when we need them in games. Doc Urton is always on top of our student’s health and cares
deeply about getting them healthy. No one puts in as much time for our students and coaches as Doc Urton, he shows up before practice starts and does not leave till practice is over, this includes holidays,
weekends, and summers before school even starts. Doc Urton will also show up to coaches’ and student houses just to make sure that no emergency exists or to evaluate the situation to put all at ease, he defiantly goes above and beyond his required duties with the staff and students here at Caprock High School. I want to express my gratitude for how hard Doc Urton has worked for my program and the students of Caprock High School. He has sacrificed lots of his time to help our community and school, and there is no better way for this than to nominate him for such a prestigious award as the Most Valuable Trainer Award because he is one of the best I have ever had the privilege to work with.
Shawn Urton has left a legacy at Caprock High, and he will continue to do so until the day he decides to leave Caprock. Please consider this great man, father, trainer, teacher, and overall outstanding person to represent AISD.

Nominated by
David Ray Smiley
from Caprock High School/Amarillo ISD
E: [email protected] | W: 8063262200 | P: 8066811579


November 16, 2022 at 6:10 pm
Nominee
Spencer Hammond
from Sevier County High School
E: [email protected] | W: 865-453-5525 | C:

Spencer has been with our school now for over three years. He is an excellent athletic trainer and provides wonderful care of our athletes. He is one of the most professional and respectful people on the entire school staff. His number one goal is for the care, well being, and mental health of our student athletes. He is always willing to go the extra mile to help our kids in any way he can. Below I will list some of the ways he does this.
1. Spencer typically brings on 5-6 students trainers every year. He mentors these kids in more than just athletic training. He meets with them weekly asking how they are doing in school and out of school. He checks their grades bi-weekly and makes sure they are in a good place both mentally and physically. He empowers them to be their own individual, but at the same time teaching them how to work in cohesive team environment. He has guidelines they must follow or their can punishment if they are not.
2. Spencer will also consult with any faculty member here at SCHS. If a staff member is having a physical issue, Spencer will meet with them and discuss treatment options he could help with or point in the right direction. He will set up appointments and recommend places for them to go. This is not necessarily part of his job description, but he feels our whole school is a community and that Smoky Bears are equal.
3. Spencer also has his athletic trainer students participate in community service activities. They work bi-annually at physical days for our student athletes. Not just at our school, but at other schools in our county. He then encourages them to get involved in other school activities and to become involved as many ways as they can in the community.
4. Spencer also mentors other athletic trainers in our county. He is constantly communicating with them on how they are doing and if they need anything. He also meets with them periodically to discuss ways they can improve in their profession. He also does this own his time, seeking ways to become a better and more advanced athletic trainer. Trying to find ways that he can help better take care of our student athletes.
Spencer is a top notch athletic trainer, but more than that he is an outstanding person. His love and care for his profession and this school is next level.

Nominated by
Bryan Atchley
from Sevier County High School
E: [email protected] | W: 865-453-5525 | P:


October 25, 2022 at 1:39 pm
Nominee
Staci Bohannon
from Streetsboro High School
E: [email protected] | W: 216-844-8200 | C: 440-212-1383

Staci epitomizes the definition of an exemplary Athletic Trainer.
She is knowledgeable, compassionate and deliberate in her approach. She is very sensitive to student-athletes and their families in crisis situations. She handles difficult situations with empathy and understanding. Staci is the most popular person in our school district because of her kind demeanor and friendly personality. Many of our student-athletes say in touch with Staci after graduation. She contributes to the improvement of our athletic department in many ways. Staci was part of our NIAAA National Quality Program Accreditation Team. Our school district is the only high school in the state of Ohio to earn this award. Staci’s contribution played a significant role in our achievement. Staci has mentored several students from Kent State University. She exceeds the necessary and required Professional Development Standards for Athletic Trainers. She attends fundraisers sponsored by our athletic teams and supports all of our programs. Staci Bohannon is an excellent and deserving candidate for Most Valuable Athletic Trainer!

Nominated by
Randy Tevepaugh
from Streetsboro High School
E: [email protected] | W: 330-626-4902 | P: 440-759-9870


October 25, 2022 at 2:51 pm
Nominee
Stephen Tozer
from Syosset High School
E: [email protected] | W: 516-364-5749 | C: 516-816-6046

As a first year AD in the Syosset Central High School District, I knew I had a strong athletic trainer to rely on, but Mr. Tozer is so much more than an athletic trainer to our students and community. He is the go to guy for all athletic issues that relate to our students physical and social/emotional needs. He oversees the return to play protocol for our entire district (k-12) and is heavily involved with our wellness committee. His influence on his students and his advocacy for his profession has prompted the District to expand our Athletic Training Program by hiring a second athletic trainer to make sure all of our athletic teams have the appropriate coverage. Our second athletic trainer is one of his former athletes, that he obviously made a strong impression on. He has done all of this while holding a second full time job as a health educator at our high school teaching both health and principles of athletic training. So many of our students (not just athletes) respect and admire Mr. Tozer that many of them go on to pursue careers in the medical field, many hoping to become trainers like him. Most of the schools in our area of NY, hire part time trainers or contract with an outside service. Mr. Tozer has met with many school districts and trainers advocating for them to consider our model of teacher/trainer as the level of service is exceptional. He has developed many integral professional relationships that students who suffer an injury can quickly be seen by the appropriate medical doctors and works with these doctors to rehab our students to get them back on the fields safely. He’s affectionately knows as “Tozer” to our students and our parents, and it’s safe to say he is them most known man in our District. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any further assistance as you try to identify and acknowledge a person who is deserving of this honor (631) 219-1265. I am confident that Steve Tozer is a person you would want to consider. In addition to his numerous responsibilities here at Syosset, he his the father of two high school age daughters and is married to one of my physical education teachers (Terri). Over the past year, Terri has been battling breast cancer, and Steve has been the rock for his girls while still ensuring the student-athletes are well taken care of. I would also recommend reaching out to Mr. Drew Cronin, my predecessor who recently retired. Mr. Cronin could elaborate much more on Steve’s abilities and his many skills as a trainer, educator, coach, mentor, and friend. Drew can be reached at (631) 827-8256

Nominated by
Scott Stueber
from Syosset High School
E: [email protected] | W: 516-364-5749 | P: 631-219-1265


November 15, 2022 at 4:16 pm
Nominee
Steven Lough
from Ripley
E: [email protected] | W: 3045328582 | C: 3045328582

Our Athletic Trainer Mr.Lough is by far the best athletic trainer i’ve ever been around. He is efficient and takes so much pride in his work. Mr.Lough has inspired me to want to go into the Athletic Training field, and he is one of the best role models at Ripley High school. He goes above and beyond and does so much more for Ripley High school than what meets the eye. You can always count on him to be there at events ,and as an Athlete I feel so much safer on the field when he is there. If anybody deserves to be nominated, it’s Mr.Lough.

Nominated by
Cassidy Cummings
from Ripley High school
E: [email protected] | W: 3043737747 | P: 3043737747


November 15, 2022 at 5:23 pm
Nominee
Steven Lough
from Ripley
E: [email protected] | W: 3045328582 | C: 3045328582

Our Athletic Trainer Mr.Lough is by far the best athletic trainer i’ve ever been around. He is efficient and takes so much pride in his work. Mr.Lough has inspired me to want to go into the Athletic Training field, and he is one of the best role models at Ripley High school. He goes above and beyond and does so much more for Ripley High school than what meets the eye. You can always count on him to be there at events ,and as an Athlete I feel so much safer on the field when he is there. If anybody deserves to be nominated, it’s Mr.Lough.

Nominated by
Cassidy Cummings
from Ripley High school
E: [email protected] | W: 3043737747 | P: 3043737747


November 28, 2022 at 6:37 pm
Nominee
Steven Lough
from Ripley High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3043727355 | C:

Steve currently serves as the Athletic Trainer for Ripley High School, where he has been for the past 17 years. He covers all athletic events for the high school including sectional and regional events. He also provides services to the feeder middle school. Recently, the neighboring high school was unable to fill the athletic trainer vacancy for football season, so Steve agreed to help and was able to provide coverage for both schools. He also works with Marshall University Sports Medicine Institute in Athletic Training providing coverage for Eastern Regional Cup Soccer Tournament, WSAZ Wrestling
Tournaments, and other events for local high schools. For the last 15 years he has also been the head
ATC and medical overseer for the WV North South Football Classic. He was selected as the WVATA
Athletic Trainer of the year in 2012 and 2015. Ripley High School has also been selected as a First Team Safe School for the National Athletic Trainers Association from 2014-2017, 2017-2020, 2020-2023. Only a select few schools in the state of West Virginia have received this distinguished award.
Steve has also been given the opportunity to provide educational lectures to the leaders and coaches of several youth football and baseball leagues in his community regarding sports injuries, safety protocols, and the use of Wet Bulb Globe Thermometers. Safety is the number one priority for our youth in sports, so it is important that coaches know how to provide a safe environment while teaching the fundamentals of the game.

Nominated by
Cindy Daniels
from WVSSAC
E: [email protected] | W: 304-485-5494 | P:


November 17, 2022 at 3:19 pm
Nominee
Tania Laslovich
from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5086931033 | C: 508-889-7107

Tania is completely dedicated to the students of MVRHS. She truly cares about the pre-habilitation, training and re-habilitation of our athletes. Her personality and friendliness when working with her sets the tone for the athletic department.

Nominated by
Gary Simmons
from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School
E: [email protected] | W: 5089898154 | P:


October 26, 2022 at 10:47 am
Nominee
Tanya Deihl
from Annville-Cleona School District / Penn State Health
E: [email protected] | W: 7178677700 | C: 7172152761

Has earned the respect of the staff that they work with and the student-athletes or patients they care for:
– Tanya makes it a point to build a positive relationship with all coaches by attending their practices, following up with them, and being visible in her office and at games. If we have an athletic event happening, she is on campus. She is always available for questions or to help all our teams in any way. She is always talking with our athletes and makes it a point to check in with visiting coaches and athletes.

Goes beyond their job description to support their student-athletes or patients
– Tanya is often available outside her posted office hours and responses to text messages and calls at all times from coaches and parents. She works to make sure injured athletes can be seen as quickly as possible by the team doctors or at Penn State Health. Tanya also helps students with their injury rehabs and provides important advice about proper training programs and nutritional aspects of being an athlete.

Mentors other athletic trainers in terms of career development
– Tanya serves as a resource for Lebanon Valley College to place students to complete their on the job hours. She will come in early to meet with these students and review different scenarios to make sure they are having a valuable experience that is helping prepare them to be an athletic trainer in the future. She has also served as a resource for high school students to complete a job shadow, which is a requirement for graduation. This gives HS students a glimpse at a day in the life of an athletic trainer.

Has taken action to advance the athletic training profession
– Tanya has proactivity working with the athletic department to create opportunities to provide rehab to injured athletes in the training room, allowing them to complete their rehab at school instead of having to travel to a site off campus. She has budgeted and has been able to purchase the necessary equipment to provide these services without having a major impact on the athletic budget. This has received a lot of positive feedback from our parents.

Prioritizes community service
– Tanya is always willing to donate her time to many different school events that our outside her duties. We host a major “mini-thon” event and Tanya is always willing to help get medical supplies ready, donate her time, and just help in any way needed. We also host 5K and other community-related events and they can always count on Tanya to help in any way needed.

Nominated by
Tommy Long
from Annville-Cleona S.D.
E: [email protected] | W: 7178677700 | P: 7176796528


November 16, 2022 at 4:34 am
Nominee
Tara lowy
from Paradise honors high school
E: [email protected] | W: 6234557400 | C:

Tara has been our trainer for the last couple of years. Not a day goes by that Tara does not put the needs of her athletes before hers. She makes sure she is available to all athletes . She will be on one end of campus and the other end of campus at the drop of a dime. She will go out of her way to give athletes advice and tips to help strengthen their muscles and/or joints. While participating in these extremely intense high schools sports.
Not only is Tara a great athletic trainer, she is an amazing teacher. She is extremely patient with her athletic trainers “in training.” She makes sure they are involved in all aspects to experience first hand what it takes to be a great trainer.

Nominated by
Melissa Wilson
from Paradise honors high school
E: [email protected] | W: 6234557400 | P:


December 2, 2022 at 4:17 pm
Nominee
Taylor Kuehl
from Ritenour High School
E: [email protected] | W: 3144936136 | C:

Taylor is the backbone of our Athletic Department. She currently enters her 5th year at Ritenour High School and continues to grow her craft and awareness of sports medicine to our teams and community. Taylor is a self-starter and takes initiative to constantly improve things. She is always here for our students outside of normal hours helping ensure our kids are healthy and return to play when ready. Taylor also helps out by providing coverage for our junior programs along with starting a sports medicine club to engage students into the profession. She is constantly building relationships with students, staff, and parents and has solidified her value to the district. Taylor is our first line of defense and is always proactive in taking on more responsibility. Without her passion on campus every day it would be impossible to have the current growth and improvement in our department, staff, and kids. Her connection to stakeholders across multiple levels makes her priceless to Husky Nation.

Nominated by
Lee Laskowski
from Ritenour High School
E: [email protected] | W: 314.493.6136 | P: 573.268.1566


November 11, 2022 at 4:07 pm
Nominee
Tiffany Giese
from OGorman High School
E: [email protected] | W: 320-305-0873 | C: 320-305-0873

Tiffany is a tireless worker, covering all of our sports. She is willing to come in on her own time to evaluate athletes or students. Very organized and efficient.

Nominated by
Steven Kueter
from OGorman High School
E: [email protected] | W: 6052014005 | P: 6052014005


October 25, 2022 at 5:37 pm
Nominee
Tiffany Marie Phillips
from Grapevine High School
E: [email protected] | W: 918-688-2400 | C: 918-688-2400

Tiffany is a the current Head Athletic Trainer at Grapevine High School and has been for the last 4 years. During this time, Tiffany has put on a display of top tier abilities within the athletic training realm and has become a known commodity to the parents, coaches and administration of Grapevine High School, never hesitating to reach out to her with questions or situations that need to be solved. Coaches will attest to the fact that after injuries occur, due to her strong rehabilitative knowledge, that athletes return to the field quickly. Since her arrival to Grapevine High School, Tiffany has put a focus on growing the athletic training program. Her student athletic training program averages anywhere from 15-20 kids per year and Tiffany is quick to teach and explain to students with questions or when they see something of interest in the athletic training room or game field. Also under her watch, Grapevine High School has become a NATA Safe School. As her time at Grapevine has gone on, she’s been given the opportunities to handle more responsibilities and thrived in those roles, such as currently being the head of football operations for the high schools football program. Within this role, she’s only further expanded her relationship with parents within the community. Not only does she help to coordinate meals and beverages for student athletes of all levels, but she also has helped to provide student athletes with community service opportunities, such as this year’s team taking part in Compass Church’s Meal Marathon. All in all, Tiffany’s impact on Grapevine High School and the Grapevine community as a whole can be found everywhere. She’s well respected, trusted with any task and is always in search of ways to make the experience of high school sports better for student athletes, along with the day to day work of student health within the athletic training room. I believe she would be an excellent candidate for the 11th annual Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award, as would Grapevine High School and the Grapevine community as well.

Nominated by
Kamden Phillips
from Decatur High School/Fit-N-Wise
E: [email protected] | W: 940-210-2130 | P: 940-210-2130


November 10, 2022 at 4:05 pm
Nominee
Tony
from Aguilera
E: [email protected] | W: 4055012363 | C:

Tony is not a full time trainer at our school. He works part-time as a trainer with his full time job working for Riddell. Even with the amount of time it takes for him to travel around the state for Riddell, he still finds time to be at our place at least 2 times a week and on game nights. He’s not required, nor paid, to be here during the week, but he goes above and beyond to be here especially when we have players that need extra attention with injury recovery. He makes sure that our football managers are well trained in practice responsibilities and game day responsibilities. His efforts to help our kids and to be there when needed by balancing his other responsibilities is to be commended. Not sure what we’d do without him.

Nominated by
Jeff Craig
from Blanchard High school
E: [email protected] | W: 4054853392 | P:


November 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Nominee
Tyler
from Golden
E: [email protected] | W: 4345101913 | C:

Tyler Golden has been a hugh asset to Fluvanna County High School and our athletic dept. From the day he waled in the school as an assistant trainer he has been more than willing to jump in and be a part of the Athletic dept. He has since gotten a teahing certificate to teach, taking on Athletic Training classes. He has also started an internship process as well as working to cover all games. Tyler is always here and continues to go above and beyond all expecations. I certainly find him worthy of this award.

Nominated by
Scott Morris
from Fluvanna County High School
E: [email protected] | W: 4349960127 | P:


October 28, 2022 at 6:29 pm
Nominee
Tyler Kennedy
from West Branch
E: [email protected] | W: 3304283906 | C:

Tyler or TK is not only a trainer but also a mentor and friend to our student athletes. He is one of their biggest fans who puts in countless hours to both support these athletes and help them stay healthy.

Nominated by
John Hancock
from West Branch Local School District
E: [email protected] | W: 3304283873 | P:


November 15, 2022 at 4:11 pm
Nominee
Will Peoples
from Neumann-Goretti
E: [email protected] | W: 2152370959 | C:

Will has been with us here at Neumann-Goretti for a few years and has built lasting relationships with our staff and our student-athletes past and present. The care he provides doesn’t end with assessing the injury, he also monitors the well being of the student-athletes through the injury and after. Besides the description of the work Will does, he’s part of our family down here at Neumann-Goretti and is a pillar in the Athletic Community. After battling through the adversity of life and continuing to be a role model he is the example for every student, staff member, and coach to lead while always being there. He is still a student of his craft and works to better himself each and everyday. Will is deserving of this award for all the hard works he puts in, but what is some times unrecognized is his devotion and care for the student-athletes at Neumann-Goretti!

Nominated by
Pat Devenney
from Neumann-Goretti HS
E: [email protected] | W: 7322849152 | P:


October 25, 2022 at 2:14 pm
Nominee
Zack Follmer
from Lexington High School
E: [email protected] | W: 308-293-2398 | C: 308-293-2398

Zack puts in tireless hours and has earned the respect of coaches, teachers, students and parents. He has a great relationship with the medical community as well. Zack will see students with injuries when it works for them, he will come on weekends to ensure students are receiving the services they need to improve.
Zack serves as am internship site for the University of Nebraska @ Kearney and mentors 1-2 student Athletic Trainers each year. Zack is active in our community by showing up to help with tasks that need extra assistance. Zack is amazing and we hope you will consider him for this award!

Nominated by
Amber M Burson
from Lexington High School
E: [email protected] | W: 13086312925 | P: 308-631-2925