The IATS Honors and Awards committee recognizes outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training in the state of Iowa annually with awards. All award winners will be recognized at the awards ceremony at the annual meeting yearly. Nominations for all awards will be due to the Honors and Awards Committee Chair, by March 31st each year. Information on award name, criteria, application process, and presentation are all found below. Nominations, for these awards only, can be mailed or submitted electronically. If submitted electronically a confirmation email will be sent to the nominator from the Honors and Awards committee.
IATS Hall of Honor
The IATS Hall of Honor recognizes the very best of the athletic training profession and is the highest honor which may be bestowed upon a member. To be eligible for the IATS Hall of Honor, the nominee must:
1. Be a former or current member of IATS, a member in good standing with the NATA, left the profession in good standing, or has retired.
2. Must have at least 20 years of service as a certified athletic trainer.
3. Must have been licensed in good standing by the State of Iowa.
Submission of all materials to the Honors and Awards Committee listed in the IATS Hall of Honor Nomination Packet (link here to packet).
Previous Hall of Honor Inductees:
2018 - Kurt Flathers (Clinton High School), Jennifer McHenry (Iowa City High School)
2016 - Diane Bartholomew (Graceland College)
2015 - Doug West (University of Iowa)
2014 - Mark Coberley (Iowa State University)
2012 - Marty Anderegg (The Iowa Clinic)
2011 - Steve Knoche (Davenport Central High School)
2009 - Alan Beste (Iowa High School Athletic Association)
2008 - John Strief (University of Iowa)
2007 - Paul Flynn (Bettendorf High School), Betty Hoff (Luther College), John Roslien (Central College)
2006 - Shaun McCarthy (Coe College), Terry Noonan (University of Northern Iowa)
2005 - Warren Ariail (Iowa State Univ.), Ed Crowley (Univ. of Iowa), Arthur Dickinson (Univ. of Northern Iowa), Roger Egland (Buena Vista Univ.), Danny Foster (Univ. of Iowa), Charles Frank Randall (Iowa State Univ.), Reggie Speak (Bettenforf High School)
IATS Award of Merit
Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the profession of athletic training through advocacy, clinical work, scholarship or service and has ties to the state of Iowa through their education or employment. Selection committee will weigh contributions of applicants based upon: significance of contributions, strength of letters of recommendation, and longevity of career.
Letter of nomination from an athletic trainer or healthcare professional that focuses on the nominee’s education, a summary of employment, and contributions or influence on the profession of athletic training.
2018 - Representative Megan Jones (Sioux Rapids), Senator Tod Bowman (Maquoketa)
2017 - Dr. Jeff Davick (Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons)
2016 - Dr. Rick Wilkerson (Sports Medicine Northwest)
2015 - Dr. John Albright (University of Iowa Sports Medicine)
2014 - Dr. David Rathe (Rohlf Memorial Clinic, Waverly)
2013 - Dr. Steven Taylor (Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons)
2012 - Dr. Andy Edwards (Bettendorf High School)
2010 - Dr. Ralph Congdon (Orthopaedic & Rheumatology Associates, P. C., Bettendorf)
2009 - Dr. Thomas Jacobsen (Northwestern College)
IATS Educator of the Year
The IATS Educator of the Year Award is given to a member of IATS that has demonstrated outstanding abilities in educating future athletic trainers either at the high school or college/university levels. The selection committee will weigh contributions of applicants based upon: evidence of quality instruction, strength of program outcomes, and longevity of career.
Awarded to the athletic trainer who has contributed the most to the efforts of the IATS during the year. Members of the IATS Executive Committee are not eligible for this award. The IATS Executive committee members will nominate and determine the award winner based on past and current contributions to IATS.
2016 - Michael Donahue (The Athletic Training Room, Ankeny)
2015 - Troy Kleese (Physiotherapy Associates)
2014 - Jill Hendricks (Linn-Mar High School)
2013 - Amanda Brown (Iowa State University)
2012 - Kevin Melchert (Iowa Health System, Cedar Rapids)
2011 - Chris Wiedmann (Iowa Health, Des Moines)
2010 - Jill White (Jenni Edmundson Hospital, Council Bluffs)
2009 - Shaun McCarthy (Coe College)
IATS Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year
Awarded to an athletic trainer working primarily in the secondary school setting that demonstrates quality work and positively promotes the profession with student-athletes and coaches.
A letter of nomination from an athletic trainer or healthcare professional that focuses on how the athletic trainer has distinguished themselves from other athletic trainers at secondary schools through service to the profession, practicing athletic training at a high level, or through interactions with allied healthcare professionals, families, or athletes.
2018 - Kaelene Voorhees (Rock Valley PT, Davenport Assumption High School)
2017 - Stacey Schuermann (Rock Valley PT, Alleman High School)
IATS College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year
Awarded to the athletic trainer employed in the college/university setting that distinguishes him or herself in the profession of athletic trainer through their work with athletes, pre-professional students, and contributions to IATS.
Letter of nomination from an athletic trainer or healthcare professional that focuses on how the athletic trainer has distinguished themselves from other athletic trainers at colleges/universities. This may be through service to the IATS, educational service as a preceptor or instructor, practicing athletic training at a high level, or through interactions with healthcare professionals.
2017 - Frank Neu (Central College)
2015 - Megan Brady (University of Northern Iowa)
2014 - Brad Floy (University of Iowa)
2013 - Don Bishop (University of Northern Iowa)
2012 - Mark Coberly (Iowa State University)
2011 - Tim Koberna (Wartburg College)
2010 - Leslie Duinink (Central College)
IATS Emerging Setting Athletic Trainer of the Year
Awarded to the athletic trainer from an emerging setting (i.e., clinical, industrial, corporate) that distinguishes themselves
Letter of nomination from an athletic trainer or healthcare professional that focuses on how the athletic trainer distinguished themselves through service to the profession, exemplary practice of athletic trainer, or interactions with allied healthcare professionals or patients.
2018 - Sue Wilson (CTE Hope)
2012 - Otto Krueger (Krueger Chiropractic, Ankeny)
2011 - Kevin Neegard (CNOS, Dakota Dunes, SD)
2010 - Steve Mather (Mercy Riverside Rehabilitation, Des Moines)
IATS Professional Scholarship
Awarded to a full time student at a CAATE-accredited entry-level Athletic Training Programin Iowa and member of IATS. See application for further eligibility requirements.
2018 - Taylor Illg (Loras) & Kelsey Kramer (Central)
2017 - Kelly Sabers (ISU) & Josh Hoffman (Buena Vista)
IATS Post-Professional Scholarship
Awarded to a full time student of a graduate level program (Master's, Doctoral or Residency) or be in their final semester of an undergraduate Athletic Training program and be accepted into a post-professional degree or residency program. See application for further eligibility requirements.