David Leigh


David Leigh was born in Melrose Massachusetts, graduated from Cal State-Long Beach in 1975 and received a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in 1976. He began his athletic training career as assistant athletic trainer at the University of Arizona. In 1978 he became the head athletic trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, and helped teach in their athletic training program. In 1984 he became the head athletic trainer at Marquette University. In 1999 he became a clinical instructor and athletic trainer and helped develop the athletic training major at Marquette University. His tenure at Marquette has been marked by his dedication to the athletes, coaches and athletic training students.

David served as an athletic trainer at Olympic Sports Festivals in 1981 and 1982 and was the athletic trainer for U.S. women’s volleyball at the Pan American Games in 1983. He was an athletic trainer for the USA Basketball team at the under 22-world championship qualifier in 1993 in Argentina and for the USA Basketball team for the Goodwill Games in 1994. He served on the NATA Professional Education Committee from 1985-1990 and has been a speaker at the NATA National and District 4 Conventions. He has worked as a Certification Examiner and at the Badger State Games. He has been on the scholarship committee for the WATA and was on the planning committee for the District 4 convention in Milwaukee. David is married to Donna, his wife of 28 years and the couple has two daughters. David’s career spans 4 decades and he will long be remembered for the impact that he has had on those around him. He is recognized as a role model for his contributions to the athletic training profession, the students he has mentored, and the athletes he has cared for.

Inducted April 28, 2006