By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (February 13, 2015) — Tarleton State University Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Steve Simpson has been elected to the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.
“The Hall of Fame is the highest honor a member may receive,” reads a press release from the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association. “(The Hall of Fame) was developed for the purpose of honoring members whose dedicated service, past achievements and professional contributions have furthered the advancement of the SWATA and the athletic training profession.”
Tarleton State Athletic Director Lonn Reisman says Simpson meets and exceeds of those criteria.
“When I think about Dr. Simpson, the first word that comes to mind is professional and the second is respect,” said Reisman. “He is respected not just at Tarleton and around the Stephenville community, but statewide and even nationally. He has put so much dedication into serving his profession, and he exemplifies what an athletic trainer should be. He cares about his student-athletes both on and off the athletic playing fields and courts, and I have no doubt he is a worthy hall of famed in his profession.”
Simpson received the association’s Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2014. He mentors both undergraduate and graduate sports medicine students at Tarleton, and supervises faculty and staff responsible for their academic and clinical education as well as the health care of all student-athletes at Tarleton.
He’s also worked closely with area athletic trainers, including Stephenville ISD Interim Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer Mike Carroll.
“This is a great honor, and I’m glad to see it go to someone who has meant so much to our athletic training association,” said Carroll. “Dr. Simpson is a great man of integrity and a great athletic trainer. I can’t think of a more deserving person.”
Simpson joins the 2015 SWATA Hall of Fame class that also includes Cathy Supak, Pamela Rast and David Gish. To be eligible, candidates must be seasoned, must be a certified or associate member of SWATA in good standing, must be working, retired or deceased and must have been elected, appointed or or volunteered for service or significant contributions to the association, according to the release.
SWATA honors and awards will be presented in Houston July 16-18, during the SWATA annual meeting.