Athletic Training Program


The Ball State undergraduate Athletic Training Program has a long record of approval/accreditation. Ball State University was one of the first National Athletic Trainer's Association (NATA) approved athletic training education programs in the United States. From 1971-1994, we have received NATA-approvals of our athletic training program. In 1987, the Athletic Training Major was implemented. Our Athletic Training Program has been accredited by CAAHEP (Committee on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) since 1994 followed by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) since July, 2006. The Athletic Training Program has enjoyed a fair amount of notoriety. In some part this notoriety is due to the success/visibility of some of its alumni and past professional staff. In some part it is also due to the current recognition of its clinical education program and related research. Many athletic trainers who have attended or worked at Ball State have held leadership positions within the NATA. Some have also received district/national honors. One past athletic training employee, Sayers "Bud" Miller, has a national "Educator of the Year" Award named in his honor. Numerous other athletic trainers, with perhaps less prominent profiles, have made a collective strong positive impression in the profession. The vast majority of our alumni complete a graduate degree and obtain excellent employment. Dr. Thomas Weidner, past Director of the Athletic Training Program, has either received or been nominated for national education and research awards in athletic training, and was recently inducted to the NATA Hall of Fame.

Ball State University Athletic Training Staff and Faculty in chronological order of starting dates

  • Sayers J. "Bud" Miller (Head AT, Program Director) (1958-1969)
  • John Padfield (1963-1964)
  • Dick Hoover (Head AT) (1965-1968)
  • Jim Dickerson (Co-Head AT, Program Director) (1967-1982)
  • Ron Sendre (Co-Head AT) (1968-1976)
  • Rutty Adams (Head AT) (1969-1972)
  • Don Vogelgesang (Head AT) (1972-1985)
  • Andrea Seger (Ass't AT) (1975-1983)
  • Jack Mansfield (Ass't AT) (1976-1978)
  • John Faulstick (Ass't AT) (1978-1981)
  • Myron Unzicker (Ass't AT) (1981-1983)
  • Mary E. O'Carroll (Ass't AT, Program Director) (1982-1985)
  • Tony Cox (Ass't/Assoc. AT) (1983-2006)
  • Judy Landry (Ass't AT) (1983-1984)
  • Cindy McKnight (Ass't AT, Program Director) (1984-1990)
  • Rex Sharp (Head AT) (1985-1996)
  • Mike Ferrara (Ass't AT, Program Director) (1985-1998)
  • Neal Hazen (Head AT) (1987-present)
  • Vicky Graham (Ass't AT) (1989-1993)
  • Tom Weidner (Program Director) (1991-2011)
  • Trish Kelly (Ass't AT) (1993-1996)
  • Connie Peterson (AT Faculty) (1994-1998)
  • Shawn Comer (Ass't AT) (1990-1992 GA/1996-present)
  • Jennifer Herod (Ass't AT) (1996-2005)
  • Theresa Mackey (Ass't AT/Faculty) (1996-1998 GA/1998-2005)
  • Vinnie Nittoli (AT Faculty) (1998-2005)
  • Stacy E. Walker (AT Faculty) (2004-present)
  • Lisa S. Jutte (AT Faculty) (2005-2011)
  • Casey Chambers (Ass't AT) (2005-2010)
  • Troy Hershman (Ass't AT) (2007-present)
  • Jill Brigle (Ass't AT) (2010-present)
  • Jennifer Popp (Program Director) (2011-present)
  • Dorice Hankemeier (AT Faculty) (2011-present)
  • Sindra Schueler (Ass't AT) (2012-2015)
  • Joe Zimmerman (Ass't AT) (2015-present)
  • Andria Lampe (Ass't AT) (2016-present)
  • Briana Louth (Ass't AT) (2016-present)
Athletic Training Program
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP) Room 311
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5178
Fax: 765-285-8762
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