|Position:||Head Certified Athletic Trainer|
YEARS AT A-STATE: Now in his 40th . . . Joined the staff in April, 1976 . . . The first certified athletic trainer for the Red Wolves to have on staff . . . Inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in June 2003 . . . Inducted into the Arkansas State Athletics Hall of Honor in 2005 . . . Part of the 100 Outstanding Staff recognized at the 2010 annual Distinguished Performance Awards and Service Recognition Ceremony for his significant contributions to ASU in its 100-year history.
EDUCATION: Attended Forest Park Community College in St. Louis one semester before transferring to ASU and serving as equipment manager for baseball (two years) and basketball (three years) . . . Earned his BSE degree from Arkansas State in 1975 and his master's with specialization in athletic training from Indiana State in 1976, the same year he passed his national board examination and was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association . . . Licensed as an athletic trainer by Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Former director of athletic training internship program and instructor of care injuries and advanced care of injuries classes . . . Currently serves as an instructor at ASU for concepts of athletic training course and clinical instructor in ASU’s national CAATE accredited athletic training curriculum . . . Host trainer and instructor for Student and Coaches Athletic Training Workshops . . . Former consultant for St. Bernards Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine Clinic . . . Instructor of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) courses for Craighead County Chapter of the American Red Cross . . . speaker/presenter at NATA, and Southwest and Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association conventions and local civic organizations . . . Faculty adviser for Arkansas State Sports Medicine-Athletic Training Club . . . Assist with Red Wolves’ drug education and directs the drug testing programs . . . Former NATA district representative for Continuing Education . . . Former Arkansas Athletic Trainers Association President Elect, President and Legislative Committee Member . . . SWATA (Arkansas) State President . . . NATA district representative for Governmental Affairs and Committee on Revenue . . . Governor appointment to the Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training (Nov. 1995 through present), elected chairman (Dec. 1995 through present) . . . SWATA Unsung Hero Award (July 1997), NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award (June 1998), SWATA Hall of Fame Award (July 1998), AATA Hall of Fame Award (May 1999), SWATA Frank Medina Award (2002) . . . Named as one of Indiana State’s outstanding alums in June 2006 . . . ASU Hall of Honor inductee (2005).
PERSONAL: Born April 3, 1952 . . . Married to the former Vicki Nierdieck of St. Louis and they have three children—Stephen, John and Kathryn.