July 2017

NATA inducts hall of famers at 68th expo

The Dallas, TX-based National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) on June 28 inducted seven individuals into its Hall of Fame at the association’s 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston, TX.

Induction into the Hall of Fame, which now has 310 members, is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive, according to a NATA release.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are John H. Anderson, MEd, ATC, professor emeritus lecturer at Troy University in Alabama and a former Olympic trainer; Fran Babich, MS, ATC, professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Athletics at Butte Community College in Oroville, CA; Tanya Dargusch, LAT, ATC, head athletic trainer at Washington Township High School in Sewell, NJ; Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC, co-owner of D&D Sports Med, an outpatient rehabilitation company with three clinics in north Texas; MaryBeth Horodyski, EdD, LAT, ATC, FNATA, director of research for the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida in Gainesville; Jeff McKibbin, MEd, LAT, ATC, director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond; and Michael O’Shea, MA, LAT, ATC, a former US Air Force Academy athletic trainer who worked in many professional and collegiate settings after his military service.

NATA also welcomed two new board members at the June event: Katie Walsh Flanagan, EdD, LAT, ATC, director of Athletic Training Education at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC; and Tony Fitzpatrick, MA, LAT, ATC, head athletic trainer and sports medicine instructor at Timberline High School in Boise, ID.

Read more about the board members’ and inductees’ careers at nata.org.

NATA also announced in June its win of an Association Media and Publishing (AM&P) 2017 Gold Excel Award in the Promotional Content: Integrated Mixed Media (Educational) category. The Excel Awards recognize excellence in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing, and communications.

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