Gerard White has made a career of caring for student-athletes.
Since 1988, White has been practicing his trade at various colleges, including the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Delta State University. In 1991, his career took off after making the move to Nicholls State University.
White has been an instrumental figure in the Nicholls Athletic Department, serving as the head athletic trainer before helping the university establish its sports medicine program in 2001. Currently, he is serving as the assistant professor of athletic training and clinical education coordinator.
With more than 28 years of athletic training experience, White was recognized for his hard work by being inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame on June 3 at the Paragon Casino in Marksville.
After watching many of his peers receive the honor over the years, White said he was still not expecting the honor, which he received at the group’s annual state meeting.
“I have been impressed and looked up to them over the years, so it was strange to now be in that type of a role,” he said. “It’s such a strange situation where you never feel like you’ve done enough to deserve it, but I guess when you sit down and start putting things down on paper you start to realize what you have accomplished. It was really a humbling experience, especially coming from my peers.”
White is well respected by members of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association and recently served six years as its president.