Awards and Scholarships

The Awards Committee oversees the process of collecting nominations and selecting recipients for a variety of WATA awards. The WATA Hall of Fame, Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding Educator Award, Honorary Membership and other special designated awards are awarded under the guidance of the Awards Committee. The WATA seeks to recognize those individuals who have distinguished themselves in service to the athletic training profession. Members are encouraged to review the criteria of each award and, when appropriate, nominate deserving colleagues for recognition.


We encourage all of our web visitors to browse the WATA Hall of Fame information and to review the list of previous winners in all of our award categories. Our organization stands on the shoulders of those who have come before us to advance the profession of athletic training; we are pleased to honor their hard work.

WATA Hall of Fame

Please feel free to contact the Awards and Scholarships Committee Coordinator: Anna Linstedt if you have any questions.

Displayed in this slideshow are the current 2018 Awards and Scholarship winners. See the complete list below of this year's winners.  

 2018 WATA Awards and Scholarship Recipients
Quiz Bowl- UW-La Crosse: Joseph Kopp, Carley Kraemer, and Amanda Vonderheid


 Poster Presentation Winners: 

People’s Choice: Emily Eichhorst-Concordia University Wisconsin

Best Original Research Study: Neal et al- Lakeland University 

Best Case Report: Chris Klesmith & Maggie Coughlin- UW-Madison 

WATA Founding Fathers Scholarship: Kelsey Redman, UW-Eau Claire 
Mueller Undergraduate Scholarship: Neal Ori, UW-Oshkosh and Rachel Switchtenberg, UW-Eau Claire
Jeff Oliphant Post-Graduate Scholarship: Kevin Beise, UW-Madison 
Outstanding Educator: Alicia Belant, MA, Ed, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Honorary Membership: Douglas Connor, MD
Hall of Fame: Tim McGuine, PhD, Andrew Winerstein, PhD, and Richard Henke, LAT, ATC

Service Pins: Brent Amble-outoing President, Matt Patzke-outgoing PR Committee Chair, David Bazett-Jones-outgoing Research Committee Chair, David Bell-outgoing Research Committee member, CEC Planning Committee (Dan Ruffner, Emily Anderson, Alyson Kelsey, Nicole Edwards, Rhonda Verdagen, Kim Calvert, Holly Schmies) and Jenny Thorpe-outgoing Secretary