In keeping with the spirit of National Athletic Training Month, it is only fitting and fair that I should make mention of and thank the athletic trainers that helped me get to where I am today. I may have gotten a push from my father and my injury years to first start down this road, but they are the ones not only taught me the ins and outs of athletic training, but they showed and shared with me their love of the profession. Without each and every one of them, who knows what I’d be doing and where I would be now.
I have to start off with the big three, Rex Sharp, Neal Hazen and Tony Cox. They were the true heart of the athletic training program while I was at Ball State. I learned so much from them, not only about athletic training, and how to be an athletic trainer, but also a true love for what I do. They made learning fun. They created an environment that the athletes and students felt comfortable in, and where they felt secure, and well cared and about. These guys were awesome and I still try to hold myself to standards of care that I learned from them.
Dr Ferrara and Dr Weidner were incredible teachers in and out of the classroom. Learned a lot from them.
Our GA Shawn Comer added to my education while I was there, and though he probably never knew, served as a great mentor and role model.
Mario, who was the first athletic trainer that I ever worked with once I became a certified and licensed athletic showed me a lot in that one year we worked together. My first year in Texas would have been tough without him.
My two assistants that I had in Texas, first Paul and then Heather Lash, also played a huge role. I was the veteran, and the one in charge, but that didn’t mean that there weren’t things they could teach me, and they did.
And last, but not least would be the four wonderful assistants I’ve had in the last couple of years. Michael, John Acost, Adela Igniska, Shari Wagner and Nick Imhof who all have been a wonderful help to me and helped bring some fresh air and ideas into my athletic training room. My years and experience are more than theirs, but each one of them has taught me a few things in their brief time with me.
Thank you one and all! You are a big part of who I am, and what I do, and I deeply appreciate all you have done. Happy National Athletic Training Month!