Northwestern University Associate Athletic Director and Director of Athletic Training Services Tory Lindley will receive the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Golden Pinnacle Award, the association’s highest honor. He will be recognized formally on Friday, March 11, during the GLATA Awards Ceremony.
“Tory Lindley is at the core of Northwestern’s belief in student-athlete well-being as its paramount priority, his dedication to the health and safety of our Wildcats is unwavering,” said Northwestern Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips. “Tory and his staff have been innovators, both in research and in practice, on the leading edge of an industry that is constantly evolving. He is among the nation’s most respected professionals in his field, and we are sincerely fortunate to have him on our team.”
Lindley joined Northwestern in 2002 and, in addition to serving as the head athletic trainer for Wildcats football, oversees all athletic training services for NU’s 19 varsity programs. He has been consistently recognized for his contributions to the field, honored as Division I Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in 2012 and inducted into the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 2011. He currently serves as a NATA Board Member and District 4 Director.
He earned his bachelor of science in education with a specialization in athletic training from Michigan State University and went on to receive a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota. In addition to professional experience at both institutions, Lindley has worked at Eastern Michigan University and Hamline University, as well as with the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Houston Oilers.
Formal criteria for the Golden Pinnacle Award include:
- Nominees must be active members of the GLATA for a minimum of 15 years preceding nomination
- Nominees may be nominated no more than every five years. Any unsuccessful nomination will be retained and reconsidered for one additional year after the original nomination
- Nominees must have served in a leadership capacity for the GLATA for a minimum of five (5) years. This may include serving as an officer, committee chair/coordinator, educational program chair, etc
- Nominees must have exhibited exemplary leadership in their service role, significantly advancing the mission and goals of the GLATA and the profession of athletic training.
GLATA is a professional membership association for more than 9,000 athletic trainers and athletic training students in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The association strives to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active, promote the athletic trainer and advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries.