Gordon “Doc” Stoddard

1933 – ACTIVE

Gordon Stoddard was a four sport athlete at Rocky Mountain College where he graduated in 1958. Gordon taught and coached Scobey High School and then at Dawson County High in Montana. After six years at the high school level Gordon enrolled at Kent State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Education in 1965. He then accepted the Head Athletic Trainer’s position at Central Michigan University. In 1969, Gordon became the Head Athletic Trainer, Lecturer, and Supervisor of the Athletic Training in Physical Education and Dance Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

“Doc” has received many honors and awards over the years for his distinguished service and outstanding contributions to the profession. He has served on numerous state and District 4 committees including District 4 Director when the NATA experienced tremendous growth and expansion. “Doc” is one of the organizers and charter members of the state organization, the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association. In his twenty years at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, he has been instrumental in the establishment of the athletic trainer education curriculum. In his long association at the UW-Madisoin, he has influenced many young men and women student-athletes through his care and treatment of injuries, also helping them to adjust to university life. He has created an awareness in Wisconsin of the role of the athletic trainer and has provided many students with an opportunity to enter the profession of athletic training.