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James Dodson Award
Past Recipients

2002 Shandra Pruski-Esparza
2003 Scott Galloway
2004 Diana Operhall
2005 Lisa Hamric
2006 Emma Aceto
2007 Britney Webb
2008 T.C. Shelton
2009 Carissa Spraberry
2010 David Traylor
2011 Kelley Henderson
2012 Josh Woodall
2013 Tiffany McGuffin
2014 Laura Kunkel
2015 Valerie Tinklepaugh-Hairston
2016 No Winner
2017 Jamie Woodall
2018 Michelle Holt
2019 Kendall Goldberg
2020 Catherine Windsor
2021 Stephen Cage
2022 Meredith Decker-Hamm
2023 Bre’Layshia Alexander
2024 Ashlyne Elliot



The SWATA James Dodson New Horizon Award was developed for the purpose of recognizing relatively new qualified members of District VI for their unique or immediate contributions to the SWATA or the athletic training profession.


  1. Must be in good standing with the SWATA, and a full time employee, currently practicing in the college/university, high school, clinical, or professional setting.
  2. NATA member in good standing for at least 3 years
  3. NATA “Young Professional” at time of nomination (35 years of age or younger)
  4. Minimum of 3 years professional experience
  5. An athletic trainer may win this award only once.

This award was established in 2002 and will be presented annually to a new qualified athletic trainer in District VI for their unique or immediate contributions to the SWATA or the athletic training profession.

James E. “Doc” Dodson

At an early age Dodson had an immediate impact on District VI through earnest and fervent service: A perennial friendly face at the annual SWATA meeting, Doc was the long time Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the SWATA Executive Board.

Education: Doc graduated from Fort Worth Poly High School in 1954 and went on to Texas Christian University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education in 1958. While at TCU, he worked under the tutelage of SWATA Charter Member, Elmer Brown. Dodson later earned a Master�s of Education Degree from Sul Ross State University in 1967.

Professional Experience: Dodson began his long-time career as the Head Athletic Trainer at Midland High School in 1959, where he remained until his retirement over 30 years later.

Elected Positions:

  • SWATA President, 1965-1966
  • SWATA District Treasurer, 1966-2001
  • SWATA Executive Secretary, 1967-1995

Honors and Awards:

  • SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
  • NATA Hall of Fame Member
  • Athletic Trainer, Texas High School Coaches All-Star Games, 1963, 1968
  • Athletic Trainer, USA Olympic Team, Munich, Germany, 1972
  • Cap Harding Award recipient
  • Eddie Wojecki Award recipient
  • Frank Medina Award recipient
  • NATA 25 Year Award recipient

Other Contributions:

  • Charter Member, NATA Certification Board
  • NATA Representative to the American College of Health Association