This prestigious award is given annually to an athletic trainer who has made significant contributions throughout their career to the athletic training profession. The recipient of this award is selected by a three member committee, comprised of the three previous Medina Award recipients.




Previous Recipients



1970 Tom WIlson
1980 Wayne Rideout
1981 Skip Cox
1982 Logan Wood
1983 James Dodson
1984 Billy Pickard
1985 Cash Birdwell
1986 Spanky Stephens
1987 Bobby Lane
1988 Paul Zeek
1989 Pete Carlon
1990 Ken Locker
1991 Ken Murray
1992 Sandy Miller
1993 Allen Eggert
1994 Mile Saly
1995 David Heidt
1996 Bill Wissen
1997 Tom Woods
1998 T. Ross Bailey
1999 Lou Fincher
2000 Arnold Thomas
2001 Dennis Hart
2002 Ron Carroll

2003 Doug Gibbins

2004 Brian Conway
2005 Larry Gardner
2006 Jeff Bass
2007 Randy Matthews

2008 Mike Pruitt

2010 Bucky Taylor






















































Frank Medina

Significant Contributions to Athletic Training and education of students: A Lincoln, Nebraska native, born May 15, 1915, Medina was an early pioneer and preeminent educator whose influence upon the practice of athletic training is still seen in athletic training facilities around the nation today. Numerous former athletic training students of Medina's took head athletic training positions at the high school and collegiate levels.


Education: Frank, a native Indian, attended the Haskell Institute (Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas) and later St. Mary's College (California) and the University of Texas.


Professional Experience: Medina was employed at the Haskell Institute, St. Mary's College, and Arizona State College. In 1945 he began a long, exemplary career at the University of Texas at Austin where he remained until his retirement in the late 1970s.


Elected Positions:

  • NATA, National (District) Director, 1950


Honors and Awards:

  • SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
  • NATA Hall of Fame Member
  • Recipient of the "Trainer of the Year" Award from the Rockne Foundation, 1954 and 1961
  • Athletic Trainer, US Olympic Team, London, England 1948
  • Athletic Trainer, World Deaf Olympics, 1961, 1965
  • Athletic Trainer, Represented the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural


Other Contributions:

  • International presentations included:
    • Presentation to the 25 most outstanding coaches in Ankara, Turkey
    • "Practices and Techniques in Athletic Training," at the Greek Medical Association, Athens, Greece, 1958
    • "American Practices and Techniques in Athletic Training," Russian medical group meeting, Moscow, Russia
  • SWATA Presentations, including:
    • "Ethics in the Athletic Training Profession," 1957
  • Articles published in:
    • Southern Coach and Athlete
    • The Texas Coach
    • The Athletic Journal