NOONAN receives Hall call


University of Iowa's Terry Noonan inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame

Terry Noonan, director of athletic training services at the University of Iowa, was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame on June 25 in St. Louis.

Noonan, 59, began working at the UI in April, 2010. He has been in the profession since 1981. “It means a lot more once you take it all in,” Noonan said. “You don’t set out to get into the Hall of Fame, but once you get in, you’re honored. It’s amazing hearing `thank you’ from the number of people you have influenced. You get a real perspective of your achievement when you are informed that about one percent of close to 30,000 members of the National Athletic Trainers Association are in the Hall of Fame.”

A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Noonan received a bachelor’s degree in recreation administration with a minor in business administration from Loras College in 1978. He went to Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master’s degree in recreation administration in 1979.

Noonan wanted to become an athletic trainer, so he enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa and functioned as a graduate assistant and completed athletic training courses. After working two years at Waterloo (Iowa) Columbus High School (1981-83), Noonan returned to UNI as assistant (1983-85) and head athletic trainer (1985-99). From 1999-2007, he was at Oklahoma State University as director of sports medicine/athletic training program. Noonan made another stop at UNI as executive director of human sport and performance program from 2007-10 while completing doctoral study in rehabilitative medicine.

Noonan received news that he was going into the Hall of Fame two years ago, but he delayed his induction until it was in a city within NATA’s District V, where he was president from 1999-2005. The ceremony in St. Louis also made it easier for his wife, son, brother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, bother-in-law, and sister-in-law to attend.

Noonan began athletic training at Loras after his baseball coach taught him a Cramer course.

“That got me started,” Noonan said. “I didn’t have much to do and (Loras) needed somebody to help with basketball.”

At Iowa, Noonan oversees policies, procedures, and insurance for all 24 sports. His main responsibility is with the sport of volleyball. There are four associate directors of athletic training services at the UI: Russ Haynes, Mike Lawler, Doug West, and Nobutaka Takashima.

Of all the stops Noonan has made over the years, nothing has felt more like home than being at Iowa.

“This is the best environment I have worked in,” Noonan said. “It is a family atmosphere and it is a lot more diverse than other places I have been. (Points to the Tigerhawk logo on his shirt) It is this emblem. You can’t walk through an airport without somebody saying `Go Hawks.'”

Noonan is a member of the Iowa Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, District V of the NATA Hall of Fame, and he received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award from the NATA in June 2012. He holds Certification in Active Release Techniques for the total body, and Certification in First Aid and CPR. Noonan is the first athletic trainer from the UI to be inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.

Noonan and his wife, Jeri, have a son, Casey, who works for a land management company in Oklahoma City.



Gardner-Webb’s Kevin Jones Named 2015 Division I Athletic Trainer of the Year


"The true reward in athletic training is to see others succeed. I have been blessed to share in their successes."

Longtime Gardner-Webb University Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training Training Kevin Jones was named College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee 2015 Division I Athletic Trainer of the Year Thursday at the annual NATA Convention.

Jones (MA, ATC, LAT), who is entering his 32nd season with the Runnin’ Bulldogs, also serves as an Assistant Professor and as a Preceptor in the athletic training major in Gardner-Webb University’s School of Preventative and Rehabilitative Health Sciences.

“I feel honored to win such a prestigious award and to represent Gardner-Webb University,” said Jones. “I have been very fortunate to have been surrounded by great mentors, co-workers, students and student-athletes.

“The true reward in athletic training is to see others succeed. I have been blessed to share in their successes.”

Jones took over the Gardner-Webb athletic training program in 1984. His tireless effort has consistently driven the program’s reputation to the highest level and Jones has been the catalyst in the addition of athletic training as an academic major.

Since his arrival on campus, countless student athletic trainers and other staff have gone on to successful careers in the field. One of Jones’ pupils, current Mars Hill head athletic trainer Allen Shelley (MA, ATC, LAT), was honored as the 2015 Division II Athletic Trainer of the Year on Thursday morning in St. Louis.

Shelley earned his undergraduate degree from Gardner-Webb in 1992 and a master’s degree from GWU in 1995.

Jones was honored in 2007 by Gardner-Webb’s athletic department with its Hall of Fame Meritorious Service Award and was named Gardner-Webb University Male Staff Member of the year in 2014.

“This is a great honor for Kevin, personally and professionally, and we join he and his family in celebrating,” said Gardner-Webb Vice President for Athletics Chuck Burch.

“His work over the past three decades to advance the quality our athletic training program has been instrumental in the ability to provide student-athletes with top-notch care.”

During his early years at Gardner-Webb, Jones spent time as the school’s track and field coach. An avid cyclist, Jones played a critical role in bringing the 1996 U.S. Olympic Cycling Trials Women’s Road Race to Boiling Springs, N.C.

Jones earned a degree in physical education with an emphasis in athletic training from Lenoir-Rhyne in 1984 and graduated with a master’s degree in physical education from Gardner-Webb in 1986. He and his wife, Shelly, have a daughter, Taylor, and a son, Ryan.



Sally Nogle earns Tim Kerin Award


Awarded to one individual each year for outstanding service as an athletic trainer

Add the Tim Kerin Award to the long list of recognition for Michigan State head athletic trainer Sally Nogle.

Nogle received the award, given to one individual each year for outstanding service as an athletic trainer, on Thursday in St. Louis at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s national convention. It has been awarded in the name of Kerin, the late, longtime University of Tennessee trainer, since 1994. Kerin died suddenly from an aortic aneurysm in 1992.

“This is quite a professional honor, especially since I knew Tim Kerin,” Nogle said in a statement. “As a young professional, I looked up to Tim because he had established himself as a leader in this field. He had quite an impact on this profession.”

Also Thursday, MSU associate head athletic trainer Dave Carrier was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame. Carrier is entering his 32nd season as the athletic trainer of the MSU hockey team.

Nogle was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 2012. She received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2003 and the NATA Service Award in 1998.

Nogle also has received the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society Hall of Fame Award. In 2006, she received the Jack Breslin Outstanding Staff Award for Michigan State University.

In 2008, Nogle was honored with the San Diego State University Robert J. Moore Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 2012 she received the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Outstanding Educator Award.

Nogle has been with MSU’s training staff since 1983 and was promoted MSU head athletic trainer and head football athletic trainer in 2013.

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