Legendary University of Houston head athletics trainer Michael “Doc” O’Shea has been selected to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the NATA 68th Clinical Symposia and AT Expo in Houston on June 28.
O’Shea is the second Houston Athletics Trainer to be inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame, following in the footsteps of Tom Wilson, who he replaced in 1993.
Widely regarded as one of the top collegiate athletics trainers in the country, O’Shea oversees the training room operations for the football team and for all Houston student-athletes.
Next week’s induction is just the latest honor for O’Shea. For his heroic efforts in saving the life of cornerback D.J. Hayden following a collision at practice, O’Shea received the Excellence in Athletics Training Award from the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association in July 2013.
With his quick thinking and action, O’Shea helped save Hayden’s life from an injury that is 95 percent fatal and more often seen in explosions or war casualties and never in athletics competition.
Nearly six months after his injury, surgery and rehabilitation, Hayden was taken with the No. 12 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Just last month, he waas named the 2017 Chairs Award recipient, which honors non-alumni who have consistently and voluntarily given extraordinary support to the University of Houston at the University of Houston Alumni Association’s gala.