The SWATA "Bobby Gunn Unsung Hero Watch Award" may be, but does not have to be, given annually to a member of District 6 who has served the Association in a dedicated professional manner. This service may be on a volunteer behind the scene basis or through appointed or elected duties. Their time and talents have been for the betterment of the Association and the advancement of the profession.



Past Award Recipients


1990 Dennis McMeekin

1991 Paul Zeek

1992 Everett Blackburn

1993 Dennis Hart

1994 Mike Pruitt

1995 Dave Burton

1996 Rob Joyce

1997 Ron Carroll

1998 Dave Lammers

1999 Brian Conway

2000 Kathy Dieringer

2001 Mitzi Laughlin

2002 Richard Davis

2003 Melinda Terry

2004 Dan O'Connor

2005 Mike Carroll

2006 Al Wilson

2007 Gordon Graham

2008 Cory Pack

2009 Chirs Hall

2010 Lorna Strong


















































Robert "Bobby" Gunn

A True Unsung Hero: Noted for his humility and work ethic, Bobby Gunn, a Houston native, was instrumental in the development of SWATA. In fact, Gunn typed the original constitution of SWATA on his typewriter in the early 1950s. He was a leading force in the development of SWATA, who without his intense dedication, leadership and focus on teamwork, would not have likely grown into the organization it is today.


Education: Gunn earned a Bachelor's degree from the Rice Institute (University) in 1951 and a Corrective Therapy Certificate in 1955.


Professional Experience: Gunn's first position was with the Brazosport ISD in Freeport, Texas and later the Baytown Public Schools. In 1962 he became the Head Athletic Trainer at Lamar State College of Technology (Lamar University). In 1971 he became the Head Athletic Trainer for the Washing Redskins of the NFL and later the Houston Oilers from 1972 to 1974. He later worked for the Shreveport Steamer of the World Football League in 1974. Gunn returned to Houston and completed his career as a clinical outreach athletic trainer with the Baylor hospital system.


Elected Positions:

  • SWATA Vice-President, 1955-1956
  • SWATA President, two consecutive terms, 1956, 1957
  • Multiple NATA Committees including: Membership, Professional Advancement, Curriculum, and Olympic Selection
  • District VI Director, NATA Board
  • Chair, NATA Board of Directors
  • President, NATA, 1970-1974


Honors and Awards:

  • SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
  • NATA Hall of Fame Member
  • Athletic Trainer, 3rd Pan Am Games, Chicago, 1959
  • Athletic Trainer, USA Soccer Team, Mexico City, 1964
  • Head Athletic Trainer, Pan Am Games, Winnipeg, Canada, 1967
  • Athletic Trainer for five Texas High School Coaches Association All Star Games


Other Contributions:

  • NATA Representative to: the Joint Commission on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, American College Health Association, AMA Conference on Medical Aspects of Sports