Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. Byron “Jack” Bird. 1994 Inductee Byron began his association with athletics as a football player at Oklahoma State University. He then enlisted in the Marines where he served as an officer with distinction, lost his leg
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Byron began his association with
athletics as a football player at
Oklahoma State University. He then
enlisted in the Marines where he served
as an officer with distinction, lost his leg
to artillery fire, and was highly
decorated for his service. He then
returned to athletics and served as an
Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dons for one year. In 1950, Byron returned to Oklahoma State as Assistant Athletic Trainer. In 1961, he was appointed Head Athletic Trainer and served OSU athletes until his death in 1983. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1979.
Chuck Cramer was the founder and a
Board member of Cramer Products, Inc.
As a sporting goods industry pioneer he
developed the concept of athletic injury
care. Cramer was a founder of the
National Sporting Goods Association
and the National Athletic Trainers’
Association. At the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Chuck, his brother Frank, and three other Athletic Trainers were the first athletic trainers to serve at the Olympics. Cramer is a member of the National Sorting Goods Association Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Helms (now the NATA) Hall of Fame in 1962.
In 1929, Frank Cramer joined the
recently founded Cramer Chemical
Company. He served as President of
this company for 25 years. His
enthusiastic promotion of the sporting
goods industry resulted in his induction
to the Sporting Goods Dealers Hall of
Fame in 1956. He served on the Medical Committee of the U.S. Olympics for 16 years. He also published many articles and lectured on Athletic Training throughout the world. He is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and, in 1962, was inducted into the Helms (now the NATA) Hall of Fame.
“Doc Ollie”, as the athletes knew him,
began his career as an athletic trainer
with the Penn State Nittany Lions in 1912.
Later, he moved to Pittsburgh and, then,
on to Washington University in St. Louis.
In 1935, “Doc Ollie” joined the University of Missouri where he cared for, educated, and inspired athletes for 25 years. During his career, Ollie readied athletes for nine bowl games. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1962.
Art Dickenson served as the Head Track
and Field Coach at the University of
Northern Iowa for 35 years. He was a
noted authority on training techniques
throughout the country. Art also was an
Associate Professor of Physical
Education, authored several
publications, held offices in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Faculty Men’s Club, and many other organizations. In 1965, he was inducted into the Helms (now the NATA) Hall of Fame.
“Little Doc” began his athletic training
career in 1910, at Oklahoma City
Central High School, volunteering for
his high school track team. He studied
at a school of Physiotherapy in Kansas
City and Ball Clinic at Excelsior, MO. In
the 1930’s he managed the health club
at Oklahoma City YMCA. In 1942, he
became Athletic Trainer at the Naval Air Station in Norman, OK. In 1946, “Little Doc” began his career at Oklahoma State University. “Little Doc” retired from OSU in 1962 but, was often found in the training room serving as “Trainer Emeritus” after this. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1967.
Bruce Melin received his Bachelor’s
Degree (1944) and Master’s Degree
(1948) from the University if Minnesota.
In 1949, he joined the Washington
University Bears staff as a Faculty
member and Athletic Trainer. He
retired from Washington University in
1977, having served for 28 years. After
his retirement, he continued working as
Athletic Trainer and Professor Emeritus.
In 1974 Melin was inducted into the Greater St. Louis Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. In 1984, he was inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame. In 1986, he received the Washington University Interfraternity Council Performance in Teaching Award for superior teaching. In 1980, he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.
“Porky”, as he was known to athletes and
friends, began his career as an athletic
trainer as a freshman in high school at
East Moline, Illinois High School in 1935.
He enrolled at St. Ambrose College in
Davenport, Iowa and served as Student
Athletic Trainer. He then went to The Citadel as Head Athletic Trainer before joining the Army. In 1946, he returned to St. Ambrose until 1951 when he joined the Athletic Training staff at Kansas State University. He served as Athletic Trainer at KSU for 24 years. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1974.
“Deaner”, as he was affectionately
known by the KU Athletes, began his
career with the University of Kansas
Athletic Department as a freshman
football player in1933. Following three
years at tackle for KU, he played for the
New York Yankees (football) team in
1936. In 1937, he returned to KU to finish his degree and work as a Student Athletic Trainer. In 1938, Nesmith was appointed the Head Athletic Trainer and served the position for 46 years. He was inducted into the Helms (now the NATA) Hall of Fame in 1971.
Ken began his career in athletic training
as a student at the University of Illinois.
He held his first Head Athletic Trainer
position at William and Mary College
then, moved on to Lafayette College.
In 1953, Ken became the Head Athletic
Trainer at the University of Oklahoma
where he served until 1979. In 1960, Ken worked with the U.S. Olympic Team in Rome, Italy. He published many articles and, authored Modern Athletic Training. He was selected Rockne Club Trainer of the Year in 1959 he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1968.
“Schnitz”, as he was known to Nebraska
Cornhusker fans, earned his Bachelor of
Science Degree from the University of
Nebraska following World War II.
“Schnitz” served on the University of
Nebraska Athletic Training Staff for 33
years. He served as Assistant Athletic
Trainer from 1948-1952. In 1952, he
became the Head Athletic Trainer and served until 1977. From 1977-1981 he served as Administrative Assistant to the Athletic Director. Schneider helped found the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in which he served as Secretary-Treasurer and as member of the Board of Directors. In 1977 he received the KFOR Sportsman of the Year Award and in 1978 he received the Nebraska Hall of Fame Merit Award. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1985.
“Floogie” has provided many years of service to
the NATA and the profession of Athletic Trainers.
He began his career as a Student Athletic Trainer
at Wofford College. He then became Head Athletic
Trainer at Wofford. He took special Physio-
Therapy training at Eastern Medical Aids in New
York. He then worked as an Athletic Trainer at
Gardner Webb College, and Wake Forest University before moving to Iowa State University. He served as the District 5 Exhibits Chairman from 1959-1972. “Floogie” is thought to be a great entertainer, and therefore, has been popular as a lecturer and promoter in the field of athletic training methods to coaches, physicians, and athletic trainers. After leaving ISU Warren worked as an Athletic Trainer with Indiana University, the New Orleans Saints, and the Houston Oilers. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1977. He also has been selected as the Knute Rochne Trainer of the Year, inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame, and the Wofford Athletic Hall of Fame.
“Duke” began his athletic training career
at Michigan State University following a
career as coach and biology teacher. He
earned a degree in Physical Therapy and
then joined “Pinky” Newell at Purdue.
Next, he became the Head Athletic
Trainer at Western Illinois University.
While in District 4 he served as an officer
for 8 years. Duke has served as an athletic trainer in many National and International events. In 1978, Duke joined the staff at the University of Nebraska. In 1990 he was inducted into the N.A.T.A. Hall of Fame and in 1992 received the George F. Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in Nebraska.
“Kickapoo” began his career at the
University of Kansas as a football
player. In 1930 he became an Assistant
Coach and the university’s Athletic
Trainer. He worked in this position for
22 years. After leaving Kansas, he
worked at West Point Military Academy,
Pittsburgh University, and with the Boston Red Sox. He has invented and manufactured over 2 dozen athletic products and co-authored a textbook. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1971. He also has been awarded a medal by the American Institute of Fine Art.
Al has served as the Head Athletic
Trainer at Pittsburgh State University
in Kansas since 1955. He has,
throughout the years, served at
numerous National and International
events including the World University
Games, Olympics, Girl’s Cup, USA
Olympic Sports Festival, Pan American
Games, and with AAU National Teams. Al was named the District 10 “Baseball Coach of the Year” in 1965. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1985, The N.A.T.A. Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Pittsburgh State Hall of Fame.
“Frank” began his career in Athletic
Training at New Mexico State in 1962.
He also served at New Mexico Military
Academy and Idaho University prior to
beginning his career at Iowa State
University in 1970. During his career
at ISU Frank has been an impetus in the
growth and development of the MAATA.
He has served as a District 5 Officer, on
many committees, and also as historian. Frank has added to our profession through his publications, presentations, and research. He was instrumental in the passing of The Athletic Trainer’s Act in Iowa. In 1991, Frank was inducted into the N.A.T.A. Hall of Fame.
“Jack” Began his career as an Athletic
Trainer for the Bremerton Bluejackets
Baseball Western International League
and the Olympic Junior College in
Washington in 1948. In 1950, he became
the Assistant Athletic Trainer for the
University of Kansas. In 1969, he became
the Head Athletic Trainer for the St. Louis
Cardinals. In 1974, he joined the Southern California WFL. He was President and co-founder of the PFATS, an NATA Executive Secretary, and on the U.S. Olympic Selection. Jack, as an Athletic Trainer has traveled to Russia, Holland, West Germany, China, Yugoslavia, and Hungary. In 1977, he was inducted into the N.A.T.A. Hall of Fame.
Wayne began his career as an Athletic
Trainer at Waite High School in Toledo,
Ohio in 1943. He then moved on to
Southern Methodist University. He was
a founding member of the SWATA, a
National Director for District 6 and
served as Head Athletic Trainer with the
Dallas Texans (A.P.L.). In 1963, he
became the Head Athletic Trainer for
the Kansas City Chiefs and served there for 21 years. He was a founding member of the PFATS. In 1974, he was inducted into the N.A.T.A. Hall of Fame, in 1975, the Bowling Green State University Hall of Fame, in 1984, the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Assoc. Hall of Fame, and 1986, the SWATA Hall of Fame.
George began his career as a Student
Athletic Trainer at the University of
Nebraska in 1949. In 1953, he became
Physical Therapist/Athletic Trainer at
the University of Nebraska. In 1977, he
was named as the Head Athletic Trainer,
a position which he still holds today.
Throughout his career he has served at
33 Nebraska Bowl Games, and several
National and International events. George has served on numerous committees and Boards, offered numerous presentations and publications, and worked to establish licensure in the state of Nebraska. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1978, The Husker Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1993, and received the M.E. Sacksteder Award for Contributions to Physical Therapy and Education in the state of Nebraska in 1984.
Fred began his Athletic Training career
as an assistant at the University of
Missouri in 1955. In 1958 he was
appointed the Head Athletic Trainer.
During his tenure at Mizzou, Fred has
served at 11 post-season Bowl games.
Fred has served the NATA as District
Director and National Convention
Chairman of the Clinical Program. He
has offered many presentations and publications to advance our profession. In Missouri he was a sponsor of the Governmental Review Committee and influential in the passing of legislation for Athletic Trainers in the state. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1986, Missouri Hall of Fame in 1984, and recognized as Trainer of the Year by the Rockne Foundation in 1961.
Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree from Nebraska
Wesleyan, his PT Degree from the Mayo Clinic, his
MA in HPER at SDSU, and his PHD at the University
of Utah. He began his career as an Athletic Trainer
at SDSU where he has been instrumental in
establishing the Athletic Training Major. Jim served
as the District 5 Secretary/ Treasurer and then as
District 5 Director 1990-1993. He has been as
active publisher of articles and textbooks. Jim was
a charter member of the SDATA as well as serving as the group’s first President. He was a key figure in the development of the SD licensure law and the regulation of Athletic Trainers in the state. Jim has been a leader in the American Heart Association, the South Dakota Emergency Medical Technicians Association, the South Dakota Association of HPERD, and the Brookings CPR Committee. Jim was chosen by his peers to be inducted into the SDATA Hall of Fame in 1990 and he received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1994.
“Izzy” is professor of Physical Education
and Athletic Training at North Dakota
State University. Izzy received his
bachelor’s Degree from Adams State
College in 1963, Master’s Degree from
NDSU in 1965, and Doctorate from the
University of Utah in 1975. Izzy served
as the District 5 Secretary/Treasurer
from 1981-1984 and as the District 5 Director from
1984-1987. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the ND Special Olympics (1986-90) and as the President of the North Dakota Association of HPERD (1988-89). Izzy was selected as a Preferred Professor by the Mortar Board National Honor Society in 1986, 1987, and 1989. He was inducted into the North Central Conference Hall of Fame in 1988 and received the Special Recognition Award from the ND High School Coaches Association in 1992.
“Doc” has provided many years of service to
athletes, coaches and students in Central Missouri.
Ron began his career as an Athletic Trainer, Teacher,
and Coach in Quincy, MI. He then continued his
career in Madison, Indiana as an English Teacher;
Tennis. Assistant Wrestling, and Assistant Football
Coach; and Athletic Trainer. In 1965 Ron moved to
Taylor University in Upland, Indiana where he also
coached, taught, and was the Athletic Trainer. Ron
then settled in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1969.
During his tenure as Athletic Trainer at Central Missouri State University Ron has also been a Professor of Physical Education. He has shared his knowledge through workshops, publications, lectures, and the classroom with many successful students, area coaches, athletes and his peers. He assisted in writing, lobbying, and eventual passage of the MO state legislation for Athletic Trainers. He serves on the MSHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Board. In 1983-85 Ron was the President of the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Assoc. In 1988 he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. In 1994 he was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
John A. Baxter has had a long list of honors and awards
bestowed upon him over his very successful and illustrious
career. He has served as President of the Kansas Athletic
Trainers Society and was instrumental in getting legislation
passed to allow for registration of Athletic Trainers in
Kansas. He is a tremendous educator, and has helped many
student athletic trainers into careers in athletic training. His
giving, caring personality has helped many people. He is a
great people-person who humbles himself for others, a true professional. He has directed student camps and lectured at numerous sports medicine seminars. He is also a leader in the community with endless energy and enthusiasm. His guidance and service to the field of athletic training is also evident by his work within the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. John has served as athletic trainer for the NAIA’s men’s basketball championship for 25 years and was awarded the Cramer Award for distinguished service to the championship. He has also been selected for the NAIA Hall of Fame and The ESU (Emporia State University) Athletic Hall of Fame. Al Ortalani, past MAATA Hall of Fame Recipient sums up John’s commitment to athletic training with this quote: “John has always put the other person ahead of himself and has always been generous with his time. I could go on citing incident after incident where he has been a credit to our profession, but I will sum it all up by saying that, John is a trainer’s trainer.”
Clint Thompson has been a great contributor to the
Athletic Training Profession in many aspects. It all
started in Lubbock, Texas April 1, 1938. Clint
graduated from Ysleta High School in 1956. He
graduated from the University of Texas with a
Bachelor of Science degree in 1963. Clint became
an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Michigan State
University in 1964. He worked as an assistant and
completed his Master of Arts degree while doing so
from 1967 to 1969. Clint became interested in the
NATA journal and in 1970 became editor for the journal. A position which he still holds today. Clint decided to branch out and was employed at Colorado State University from 1970 to 1973. After his experience at Colorado State, he returned to East Lansing where he became the coordinator of Athletic Training at Michigan State University. From 1973-1985 he was instrumental in developing a fine athletic training program at Michigan State as well as authoring many articles in the NATA journals. In 1985, to the present, Clint has been the Head Athletic Trainer/Instructor at Truman State University. He carries with him to Kirksville, MO many years of experience and membership in the NATA. He has traveled extensively to Australia promoting athletic training through many published works and lecturing. Clint has received the NATA service award for contributions made to the NATA and the Michigan Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.
Wayne Wagner has served the field of Athletic Training
as a teacher and athletic trainer for the past 41 years.
He has published articles in the NATA Journal and
served as site administrator and proctor for the NATABOC
for the past 10 years Wayne started at Omaha University
upon his discharge from the Army Air Corp. He was a
student in the college of education and played on the
football team. He was injured his sophomore year and the
team physician recognized his work ethic and encouraged
him to stay on as their athletic trainer as there was no staff
athletic trainer at the university at the time. Upon graduation from Omaha University in 1955, Wayne stayed at the university for one year until he accepted a job at Westside High School (Omaha) as a teacher/athletic trainer. In 1957 he joined the NATA and stayed at Westside High School until 1967. Wayne returned to Omaha University as an assistant professor/athletic trainer. In 1968 he went to Indiana University to receive his Master’s degree in Health and Safety with a Major in Athletic Training. Wayne then moved back to Omaha to attend the Nebraska University of Omaha (formally called Omaha University) until 1985. Wayne found himself next at Creighton University for five years until 1990 when he was given an opportunity to set up the Sports Medicine Program of his dreams at Methodist Hospital in Omaha. Wayne stayed full-time with Methodist until his retirement in 1995.
From 1974-1986, Dan earned and enjoyed
several national championships while
serving as Wrestling Team Athletic Trainer.
He has authored chapters in a variety of
modern sports medicine texts and
published journal articles dealing with
athletic training education, quality control,
weight loss in wrestlers, and wound care in
sports. From 1980 to 1990 Dan served the
MAATA on the District Program Committee for several years, chairing it twice, and served on the Executive Committee from 1992 to1994. From 1990 to present he has held active membership on the Joint Review Committee for the Occupation of Athletic Training (JRC-AT), a CAAHEP Committee, with specific focus on self-study review material and on-site visitation activities. Dan currently is Vice-chairman of the Iowa Licensing Board of Athletic Training.
Kathy English has administered the athletic training
program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
since 1981. English received her undergraduate
education from Southeast Community College (1976),
and Kearney State College (1979), and her Masters
Degree from Eastern Illinois University (1980). She
then returned to Kearney, Nebraska and the University
of Nebraska at Kearney. From 1981-93, English
served as the Head Athletic Trainer and a Lecturer.
English was responsible for providing athletic training
services for 16 NCAA 11 sports, administered the
athletic training program, and served as a faculty member. English presently serves as the Director of Athletic Training Services, and is a lecturer within the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Leisure Studies. English is an active member in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association, and is a charter member of the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers’ Association. She is also a member of the Board of Examiners: Athletic Training; State of Nebraska Department of Health, a member of Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary. In 1989, English received the George Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year Award presented by the NSATA. She served as Chair of the MAATA College/University Student Athletic Trainer Committee from 1989-93.
Keith Fitzpatrick has been providing care to high school athletes
for over 40 years. Fitzpatrick attended Trinity High School in
Sioux City, Iowa, then attended college at Morningside College
and finished at the University of Iowa. Fitzpatrick started his
athletic training career with the Sioux City Soos from 1950-53.
Fitzpatrick then served as a physical therapist in Omaha,
Nebraska and Mitchell, South Dakota from 1954-93. Beginning
in 1957, Fitzpatrick also served as athletic trainer for Notre
Dame High School. In 1970, he became the Head Athletic Trainer
at Mitchell High School in Mitchell, South Dakota, continuing until
1992. Today he still works as an athletic trainer for Mitchell High
School and a therapist for Avera St. Benedict Healthcare Center in Parkston, SD.
Fitzpatrick is a very active man, serving as a consultant to the athletic training program at Dakota Wesleyan University and as a clinical instructor for Cramer workshops over the years. Fitzpatrick has also been very active in the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association. Fitzpatrick is a charter member, and served as Vice President from 1977-81 and President from 1982-85. During that time he helped co-chair the Athletic Trainers Bylaw and Legislative Committee. Fitzpatrick was also a charter member of the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association and served as Vice President (1966-67) and President (1968-70). Fitzpatrick is an active member in the American College of Sports Medicine, the Mitchell High School Quarterback Club, Dakota Wesleyan University Teammakers, and Holy Family Catholic Church. He has been active in the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars since 1948, and with the Boy Scouts, as a Troop Leader from 1960-1977.
Dr. Fair has been in the profession of
Athletic Training since 1966 when he
began his student athletic trainer
experiences. During these years he
has been highly active in the service
area to the National Athletic Trainers’
Association (NATA). He is a 25-year
award Recipient, Most Distinguished
Athletic Trainer award winner in 1994,
Liaison for the NATA, and served on the Journal committee for 10 years. A large portion of his career to date was spent at Oklahoma State University where he was instrumental in getting the Oklahoma Licensure Law passed. He has patented several invention that assist in injury prevention in the “Cowboy Collar”. His greatest accomplishment is his long time relationship with his wife and family of two sons who are officers in the United States Army.
Craig Holz is a native Nebraskan born in North Platte.
He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney
with his Bachelor’s of Art and received his Master’s of
Science in Athletic Training from Central Missouri State
University. For the past 27 years he has served as a
physiology teacher/athletic trainer at Millard South High
School in Omaha, Nebraska. Craig was one of the
founding fathers on the Nebraska State Athletic Trainers
Association in 1980. He has served as President,
Secretary-Treasurer and has been on various other
committees through out the years. He has been very active within the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association where he has served as chairman of the exhibit committee for the districts annual convention, chairman of the spring symposium committee and a presenter at the National convention in Kansas City. He is the recipient of the George Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year (1998), 25-year service award (NATA) and Who’s Who Among American Teachers several times. He has worked numerous Olympic events all across the world. He is a member of the NATA since 1973, National Education Association since 1976. Craig’s proudest professional accomplishment has been his student athletic trainer program and the many student athletic trainers who have been in the program and gone on to a variety of health careers. His greatest source of pride is Julia his wife, daughter Kara and son Andy.
Jerry Weber a native Nebraskan from Sidney
received his Bachelor’s of Science from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He earned his
Physical Therapy degree from the University of
Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and a Master’s
of Science from Western Illinios. He has been an
instructor and Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist
at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1977
ranging from instructor to Associate Director of
Athletic Medicine. He helped in establishing the
athletic training licensure for the state of Nebraska. Weber is a member of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sport and is the NCAA liaison to the National Athletic Trainers Association’s College/University Athletic Trainers Committee. He has been a very active member within the district serving in various appointments for 13 years with 3 of those years as District President and on the NATA Board of Directors. In the fall of 2001, the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame honored Weber when he received the Lyle Bremser Special Merit Award. He is a 25 year award recipient (NATA), George Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year (1990, NSATA), and 20 year service award (NSATA).
Ed Crowley spent 31 years as the Director of Athletic
Training Services and Head Football Athletic Trainer
at the University of Iowa. Crowley joined the Iowa
Athletic Department staff in 1973 after serving
one-year stints as the assistant athletic trainer at
Purdue (1972-72) and Iowa (1971-72), and two years
(1969-71) at West Point Military Academy, where he
worked with Bobby Knight. Crowley in 1997 received
the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award for
major contributions to the National Athletic Training
Association. Ed has been a long-time member of the American Physical Therapists Association. He was the honor and awards director for the District Five Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association. He was chairman of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Licensure Committee from 1982-89. He has served as review editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Physical Therapy, Spine Magazine and the Journal of Athletic Training. Ed is presently the chair of the National Hall of Fame Committee. Crowley earned all-state honors in 1963 as a running back at Marian Central (Woodstock, IL) High School. He lettered at Purdue and was a member of the 1967 Rose Bowl Champions, where he developed a long-lasting friendship with teammate Bob Griese. The Boilers beat Southern Cal 14-13 in the school’s only Rose Bowl appearance. Crowley earned a B.S. degree from Purdue in 1967 and his physical therapy degree from Iowa in 1968. Crowley was born August 9, 1944 in Chicago. He and his wife, Lois, have two daughters, Amie and Marie.
Dr. Kathie Courtney is a pioneer in the
field of athletic training. She was one
of the first few women certified in
athletic training at the national level and
was the first female certified athletic
trainer in the state of South Dakota. She
has been instrumental in the development of the profession through her involvement in the South Dakota Athletic Trainers Association, having served in every office of that organization. She has served on numerous district and national committees. She has served as an excellent role model and liaison for women entering the profession of Athletic Training.
Randy Biggerstaff has contributed to the profession of
Athletic Training at the state, district and national levels
over the past 33 years. He has served on the Honors
and Awards Committee for Missouri, as the Treasurer
for the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association, and
as the representative from District 5 to the NATA for the Clinical/Industrial/Corporate (CIC) Committee, a
committee which he helped found. Throughout his career,
he has been involved in a variety of settings including high
school, professional sports, clinic, and business owner as
well as his current position as Head Athletic Trainer and
Athletic Training Program Director for Lindenwood University. Early
in his career, he was instrumental in bringing care to under served high school and adult athletes in the St. Louis area. Through education and persistence the need for athletic trainers in the area schools became clear and most high schools in the St. Louis area now benefit from the services of a certified athletic trainer. In recommending Randy for induction, Wade Welton, MS, ATC wrote “ As impressive as his resume is I am most impressed by his leadership and his devotion to the Athletic Training profession while maintaining a priority of faith, family, and work with everything he accomplishes.” Randy has received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the NATA Service Award. In addition, he is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.
David “DC” Colt has served the Athletic Training profession
admirably for the past 30 years. At the district level, he has
served the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association as the
Public Relations Officer, Secretary/Treasurer, and the District
Director. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the
NATA, the NATA Research and Education Foundation Board
of Directors, and the Board of Certification. He chaired the
original Written Simulation Development Committee and was
instrumental in writing the original Simulation examination.
He has also co-chaired the taskforce to develop the Council
on Employment and currently chairs the Foundation Project
Grant Committee. After completing his Master’s degree at Northwest Missouri State in 1978, he began his career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three years later, he returned to Northwest Missouri State where he has worked for 26 years and is currently the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Professor. DC is also a man of family and faith and a devoted husband and father. He has been very active with his church, serving in many capacities from usher to choir member to Sunday school teacher to volunteering with the church mission group. David received the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2004, the NATA Division II Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in 2006, and the Dan Libera Service Award from NATA-BOC in 2004. He has also received the Alumni Association Special Recognition Award from Northwest Missouri State and has been selected twice as the Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association. Further, he has been inducted into the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Sports Medicine Hall of Fame and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.