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Kimmel elected president of National Athletic Trainers Association

October 28, 2003


Chuck Kimmel, Austin Peay athletic trainer for the last 23 years, has been elected president of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). Kimmel will take office in June 2004 and serve through 2006.

This is quite an honor, Kimmel says. When I became involved in the NATA several years ago, this was not something I was seeking or even thought about. So I am humbled by what has transpired.

October 28, 2003


Chuck Kimmel, Austin Peay athletic trainer for the last 23 years, has been elected president of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). Kimmel will take office in June 2004 and serve through 2006.

“This is quite an honor,” Kimmel says. “When I became involved in the NATA several years ago, this was not something I was seeking or even thought about. So I am humbled by what has transpired.


“I am excited about the position and the opportunities it presents. Plus, I hope the attention this office receives will benefit Austin Peay as well.”

Kimmel currently serves as NATA District IX director and chair of the NATA Finance Committee. His new duties will include working with the staff at the association's office in Dallas, as well as overseeing a 10-member board of directors. The NATA is a group of 30,000 members.

“We are certainly excited for Chuck,” says Athletics Director and Head Men's Basketball Coach Dave Loos. “It is a honor well deserved and earned. It reflects what we all know about himhe is one of the best in his profession, and we are proud to have him as a part of our athletic department. And it reflects well on his athletic training room staff.

“Holding this office will provide exposure for the University and our athletic program. One thing that we all agree upon, Chuck carries the banner well for Austin Peay.”

Kimmel is in his 23rd season as Austin Peay athletics trainer for all men and women's sports and 12th as assistant athletics director. He came to APSU from East Tennessee State, where he served three years as assistant trainer after obtaining his master's degree (1978). In November 1990, Kimmel was appointed assistant athletics director. Among his duties, he is director of the sports medicine program and facility supervisor. He also directly oversees some of APSU's 16 sports.

Kimmel is certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He served as president of the Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society (TATS) from 1989-1993, and received the 1991 TATS College Athletic Trainer Of The Year. In January 2001, Kimmel was inducted into the TATS Hall of Fame. He was elected president of the Southeast Athletic Trainers Association (SEATA) in 1998.
—Brad Kirtley