Gary Eloranta, MS, LAT


Gary Eloranta has been an educator and advisor to UW-River Falls students during his 37-year career. He graduated from UW-River Falls in 1973 with an undergraduate degree in geography. He earned his Master of Science degree from UWRF in education.

During his career at the University he has not only taken care of student-athletes’ injuries, but he has demonstrated through his non-stop, never-say-die attitude the benefits of hard work and dedication. He earned his National Athletic Trainers Association Certification in 1978. Since 1988 he has taught in the University’s Health & Human Performance department. Eloranta has taught first aid and care of prevention of athletic injuries to thousands of UWRF students. He has also served as an advisor in the department and been a key figure in helping graduates succeed in whatever professional field they choose. From 1973-93 he also served as the University’s equipment manager and is a member of the Athletic Equipment Mangers Association. Eloranta has served on several University committees and has presented numerous professional athletic training workshops throughout the state. He was inducted into the UWRF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

The same hard work, time and dedication that he has given to UWRF have also been a given to the River Falls community. Stump, as he is affectionately known as both at UWRF and the community, has been a member of the River Falls fire department since 1974 and currently is a Battalion Chief and Training Coordinator. He is a state certified fire-training instructor and a member of the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association. Since 1973 he has been an Emergency Medical Technician with the River Falls Ambulance Service. He was that group’s training director in1984-85.  He holds a hazardous materials operations level certificate. Eloranta’s work has helped both departments become among the best in the state. His leadership and teaching have helped many young individuals become involved in firefighting and ambulance work in their home communities. He served as the deputy medical examiner for St. Croix County.

Eloranta and his wife, Bev, have two sons, Peter and Joe.

Inducted April 23, 2010