June 20, 2005
Valdosta - Valdosta State's Russ Hoff has been named Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for NCAA Division II by the College/University Athletic Trainers Committee.
The honor was awarded at the annual meeting of the National Athletic Trainers Association in Indianapolis last week.
The CUATC created the national program this year to applaud certified athletic trainers, assistant athletic trainers and those who go above the call of duty in the collegiate setting.
"There has not been a widespread recognition for athletic trainers, and it was important to the committee to applaud these folks who so often go unrecognized," said Bill McDonald, MS, ATC, subcommittee chair.
Inaugural recipients were honored at a workshop session and a luncheon sponsored by the National Center for Drug Free Sport.
Criteria for selection included years of experience in the collegiate setting, involvement in campus and local communities and special service in the clinical arena.
Athletic trainers from all three NCAA divisions as well as the NAIA were selected.
Hoff, who begins his ninth year at Valdosta State this fall, oversees a staff which includes four other certified athletic trainers, three graduate assistants and a host of athletic training students who work the various sports during their seasons.
He came to VSU from Capital (Ohio) University where he was head athletic trainer for 10 years.