UT Dallas Associate Athletic Director Tom Monagan has been named the NCAA Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year, announced by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Monagan is in his seventh year at UTD after taking his current position with the Comets in 2010. He is nationally board certified, licensed as an athletic trainer in Texas, and is an active member of the NATA, the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA), the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association and the North Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society. He currently is serving on the NATA’s Committee of Professional Ethics and is Chair of the Ethics Committee for SWATA. He has presented on professional ethics, social media and effective communication at various educational institutions and clinical symposiums. In July of 2016, he received the Excellence in Athletic Training Award from SWATA.
“Tom has been the single most important member of the administrative team at UT Dallas in terms of student well-being,” commented UTD Director of Athletics Bill Petitt. “He takes great pride in the operations at UTD and leads a group of full-time athletic trainers to provide the best health care in Division III.”
Each year the College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee recognizes one individual for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in each of the following collegiate divisions: NCAA D1, NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. Award recipients are actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations and promotion of the profession. Award winners must be employed as a full-time Head Athletic Trainer (or equivalent) in a collegiate setting.
Monagan will officially be presented the award at the 2017 NATA Convention this June in Houston.