Hanley Earns NATA National Recognition
May 20, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina Assistant Athletics Director for Medical Services Mike Hanley has been named the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) 2009 College/University Head Athletic Trainer of the Year for Division I, according to a recent announcement by the organization.
The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of certified athletic trainers employed in the post-secondary school setting. Winners were selected by the association's College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee (CUATC).
Hanley, who is in his 19th overall season on the ECU Sports Medicine staff, also earned the 2005 North Carolina College/University Athletic Trainer-of-the-Year accolade.
To be eligible for the honor, recipients must be BOC-certified, employed full-time in a collegiate setting, hold a minimum of 15 years of collegiate experience, have no less than 75 percent of job responsibility involve primary/direct coverage and care of collegiate athletes and be actively involved in local community/campus or volunteer service, national/district or state athletic training associations and promotion of athletic training.
"Mike is richly deserving of the award," Charlie Thompson, chair of the award committee stated. "He has dedicated his career to the betterment of athletic training at the collegiate level."
Hanley has served in many roles during his membership with NATA, including a test examiner, editor of the association's newsletter, District 3 representative to the NATA-CUATC, District 3 treasurer for the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainer's Association and member of the Inter-Association Task Force for Appropriate Care of Spine Injured Athletes. The 1982 graduate of East Carolina was also a peer reviewer for The Journal of Athletic Training and a representative at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Athletes Meeting on binge drinking and athletics in June of 1999.
Prior to joining the ECU Athletics staff in 1990, Hanley spent three years on the Kent State staff as assistant athletic trainer and one season as head athletic trainer at Kentucky Wesleyan. After accepting an assistant's position on the Pirates' staff, he earned a promotion to head athletic trainer in 1995 before being elevated to assistant athletic director's status in the fall of 2004. In addition to overseeing all facets of East Carolina's Athletic Training operation, Hanley is directly responsible for the day-to-day care, injury prevention and rehabilitation efforts for the entire Pirate football program.
In addition, Hanley's role as a mentor in the East Carolina Athletic Training curriculum has enabled his students to earn full-time positions and internships in the collegiate and professional ranks. This summer alone, five ECU undergraduates have garnered intern opportunities with the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Shock (WNBA) and Kinston Indians.
Hanley will be honored at the CUATC awards presentation, scheduled for June 20 at the 60th Annual NATA Meeting & Clinical Symposia in San Antonio, Texas.