Richard “Dick” Grenell


Richard “Dick” Grenell has a long and distinguished career in athletic training having earned a B.A. in Health Education with a minor in Athletic Training from Minnesota State University in Mankato in 1972 and was certified by the NATA in 1973. He completed a M.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981 and a. B.S. in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 1986.

Mr. Grenell served as the first certified athletic trainer employed by the UW-Milwaukee Athletic Department from 1974-1983. In 1986, he started working in high school sports medicine outreach in Northeast Wisconsin and he continues to serve high school athletes through his current employment at Bellin Health Sports Medicine. Athletes, parents and coaches alike recognize Dick for his outstanding dedication, professionalism and attention to the care of the student athlete. Dick was also a valued mentor for many students pursuing careers in allied health professions. He has been a presenter at several sports medicine programs for coaches presented by the WATA in conjunction with the WIAA.

Dick served as an athletic trainer at the first Badger State Summer Games in 1984 and continues to serve annually in that role. In addition he was an athletic trainer at the International Special Olympic Games in 1987 & 1991 as well as a volunteer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO in 1987.

Dick is a Founding Father of the WATA and served on the Executive Committee from 1998-2002 as the “Member-at-Large.” He was Chairman of the WATA Annual Meeting Site Selection Committee from 1998-2002 and authored the first written guidelines on hosting the annual WATA Meeting & Symposium. He served as Co-Chairman of the 1998 & 2004 WATA Annual Symposium & Business Meeting. He assisted in organizing and running the initial WATA Reimbursement Town Meetings and Seminars. In 1988, he was awarded the “Dan Smith” award as the outstanding employee of the year at Bellin Hospital for his work in the Bellin Athletic Training High School Outreach Program. Dick has a distinguished career and is honored for his service to the WATA and his dedication to provide high quality care for student athletes.

Inducted April 28, 2006