Faculty and Staff Earn Awards at 2011 SEATA Convention


On Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Awards Luncheon in Atlanta, GA, the LSU Athletic Training Staff was awarded a few prestigious awards for their honorary achievement in the profession of Athletic Training.

Jack Marucci, MS, ATC, Director of Athletic Training and Head Athletic Trainer for LSU Football along with the rest of the LSU Athletic Training Staff, were awarded the College/University Athletic Trainer Award. This award is presented to an Athletic Trainer who serves in many roles in addition to Athletic Training, in the institution, community, and SEATA. Marucci and members of the Athletic Training Staff also serve as clinical instructors in the College of Education's Department of Kinesiology.

Ray Castle, PhD, ATC, LAT, Director of Athletic Training Education Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology received the Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit. This award is given to a member of SEATA who has worked for the district on a national level and brought honor and distinction to the district.


Melissa Thompson, PhD, MEd, ATC, Athletic Training Program Instructor received the Backbone Award. This award, named for the way the "backbone" makes the day-to-day functioning of the Athletic Training Room a smooth process, recognizes an Athletic Trainer who has provided a significant contribution to Athletic Training Program operations and to the Head Athletic Trainer.


Picture Above (L-R): Keith Thompson, MS, ATC, CSCS (accepting College/University Athletic Trainer Award), Melissa Thompson, PhD, MEd, ATC (Backbone Award), and Ray Castle, PhD, ATC, LAT (Chuck Kimmel Award of Merit)

For the original media release article, please visit the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology's website here.

For more information about 2011 SEATA Award winners, visit the website here.