R. Richard Ray to Be Honored by National
Athletic Trainers' Association
Posted May 31, 2001
HOLLAND -- Dr. R. Richard Ray Jr. of the Hope
College faculty has been chosen to receive the National
Athletic Trainers' Association's highest honor for an
athletic training educator.
The association's "Sayers 'Bud' Miller
Distinguished Educator Award" recognizes individual
excellence in the field of athletic training education, and
is presented to two recipients annually. Ray will receive
his award during the 52nd Meeting and Clinical Symposia of
the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), being
held on Tuesday-Saturday, June 19-23, in Los Angeles, Calif.
The recognition also includes an invitation to deliver the
keynote address during the NATA Professional Educator's
Conference in 2003.
In addition to membership in NATA, criteria for
the honor include past recognition for service at the state,
regional or national level in professional organizations
concerned with athletic training; having contributed to
athletic training education for at least 10 years; having
spent at least a decade as a member of a teaching faculty in
athletic training; and evidence of quality in publications
and presentations concerned with athletic training.
Ray has been a member of the Hope faculty since
1982, and has been involved in the profession of athletic
training for more than 20 years.
He is a professor of kinesiology and athletic
trainer at Hope. He is concluding service this spring as
long-time coordinator of Hope's athletic training program to
coordinate the college's on-going effort to seek re-
accreditation through the North Central Association, a
process that will continue through the fall of 2003.
Under Ray's leadership, the college's athletic
training program has grown into a full major that requires
its graduates to complete 48 credit hours in a variety of
disciplines and at least 1,500 hours of clinical work under
the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Hope is
the only private liberal arts college, and became only the
fourth institution of any type, in the state of Michigan to
have its athletic training program accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
In May of 1999, he was inducted into the Hall of
Fame by the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society, which had
presented him with its Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award
in 1995. In January of 2000, he received Hope's "Provost's
Award for Excellence in Teaching."
Ray has a wide range of research interests, and
has received several grants to support his work. He is the
editor or author of the books "Management Strategies in
Athletic Training" (2000, 1994), "Counseling in Sports
Medicine" (1999) and "Case Studies in Athletic Training
Administration" (1995), all published by Human Kinetics. He
has written numerous articles in scientific publications,
and has presented papers at professional conferences
including the annual clinical symposia in 2000 of both the
Japan Athletic Trainers Organization in Tokyo and the
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in Niagara Falls.
He is the editor of "Athletic Therapy Today" and
has served as associate editor of the "Journal of Athletic
Training." In 1993, he was named to the Educational
Advisory Board of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute.
Ray was co-chair of the National Athletic
Trainers' Association Education Task Force, and is a member
and former president of both the Great Lakes Athletic
Trainers Association and the Michigan Athletic Trainers'
He received a BSEd from the University of Michigan
in 1979, a master's in physical education from Western
Michigan University in 1980 and an EdD in educational
leadership from Western Michigan University in 1990.
NATA was founded in 1950 when a core group of
about 200 athletic trainers met in Kansas City to discuss
the future. Today, the NATA membership spans the globe and
includes more than 27,000 allied health care professionals.
NATA members can be found in schools, on the sidelines of
professional sports, in hospital and clinics and in