Mark H. Gibson


Mark Gibson is a native of Avon, New York and graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1980.  He received a Master of Science in Education Degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1982, and a Master of Science Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in 1993.

Mark became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1980 and a Licensed Physical Therapist in 1994.  He began his athletic training career as an athletic trainer at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1980. He was the first athletic trainer at Southern Arkansas University from 1982-1984.  Mark returned to his undergraduate alma mater as an assistant athletic trainer in 1984, and became Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UW-L) in 1985.  He became the Director of the Athletic Training Educational Program at UW-L in 1993.  He has taught and trained hundreds of future professionals since 1980 and his greatest joy in the profession is seeing his former students’ successes.

Mark has devoted his career to advancing the profession of athletic training in the United States and overseas.  He has taught internationally and has been involved in association leadership positions.  He was Vice President of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association (WATA) from 1997-2002 at a time when legislative efforts to gain Licensure for athletic trainers in Wisconsin became successful.  He represented the WATA on the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Executive Council during the same time period and was elected President-Elect of the GLATA in 2002.  He became President of the GLATA in 2004 and served until 2006.  In 2006, he was elected District Director-Elect to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Board of Directors and became District-Director in 2007.
Mark has also served as a site visitor for athletic training educational program accreditation services, and a certification examiner for potential athletic trainers.  He has been an invited speaker to state, district, and national meetings and symposiums.  Mark has been the Medical Director for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) State Track and Field Championships since 1989.
Mark and his wife of 25 years Barbara, have three children, Kelli, Kyle and Katherine, his proudest achievements.

Inducted April 27, 2007