‘Doc’ Anderson inducted into hall of fame

Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2008

TROY -- The Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) has inducted one of Troy University’s faculty members into its Hall of Fame.

John “Doc” Anderson, associate professor of athletic training, received the recognition for his contributions to SEATA and his devotion to the profession, according to MaryBeth Horodyski, the organization’s president.

“It is because you have chosen to be involved in SEATA, as well as serve your state and the [National Athletic Trainers’ Association] that you have been selected for this acknowledgment,” she said.

Anderson, who is the director of athletic training education at the University, said he was humbled by the recognition.

“It’s a big deal,” said Anderson. “I’ve been pretty actively involved on a national, regional, and local/state level. I have always been an active member and never missed a meeting in 35 years,” he said.

Anderson, who has been in the organization since 1966, has served much of that time as the chairman of the group’s Memorials & Resolutions Committee and chairman of its History & Archives Committee, assignments he still carries.

“I do things like write obituaries and things for the home office, and keep the history and archives,” said Anderson. “My mentor was a founding father of NATA from over 50 years ago. It’s a real rich history.

Anderson, who holds the University’s Ingall’s Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, the University’s most prestigious faculty honor, was head track coach and athletic trainer at the University from 1967 – 1979. He has served as head athletic trainer at Louisiana State University from 1979-1989 before returning to TROY as a faculty member in the athletic training program. He has served on the medical staffs of both the United States Olympic Team and the United States Pan-American Games team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree from Troy State University.

Other awards he has received through SEATA and NATA are the 25 Year Award, Athletic Trainers Service Award and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer.

John “Doc” Anderson

John 'Doc' Anderson

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