THE ATHLETIC TRAINERS'
ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA

PUBLIC RELATIONS

If you have news or a story you would like to share that relates to Athletic Trainers in the State of Florida please contact:

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Brown (ATAF Public Relations Committee Chair) at cdbrown7@ufl.edu


NATIONAL AWARDS in 2018


Gary Reinholtz has been named a 2018 NATA Hall of Fame member!

Reinholtz was the first full-time athletic trainer for Gustavus athletic department, starting in 1976, and served as the head athletic trainer for 22 years.  The Madison, Wis. native retired in 2004 after serving as the program director for the athletic training major. 

Since retiring, Gary spent time as a financial associate and lives in Florida with his wife Brenda and is stepfather to Staci Nelson and Grant Fritz.


Patricia Tripp has been named one of the 2018 NATA Distinguished Athletic Trainers!

Dr. Tripp is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Undergraduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Florida.  She is also currently serving as the Vice President for ATAF.

She currently lives in Gainesville, Florida with her husband Brady and their son Darby.


Erik Nason has been named as a recipient for a 2018 NATA Athletic Trainer service award!

Erik is currently serving as President of ATAF along with being owner of Xtreme Action Sports Medicine.  He has spent time working with Health First Medical Group and the Kennedy Space Center RehabWorks.

Erik currently lives in Titusville, Florida with his wife Jennifer and their three children Chloe, Chase, and Avery.   


Shawn Felton has been named as a recipient for a 2018 NATA Athletic Trainer service award!

Dr. Felton is currently an Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Science at Florida Gulf Coast University.

Dr. Felton and his wife April reside in Estero, FL with their two children, Delaney and Zachary, and yellow Labrador Retriever, Katie.


2017 ATAF Awards

High School Student Aide of the Year


Arrianna Bradley: Lyman HS

Legacy Scholarship


Sarah Rider: University of Florida

Professional AT of the Year


Gregg Spratt MS, LAT, ATC

Clinical AT of the Year


Ian Stites LAT, ATC

College/University AT of the Year


John Barrett MA, LAT, ATC, CES

Backbone Award

Stephen McCray MS, LAT, ATC

High School AT of the Year


Marie Freudenthal MSA, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Educator of the Year


Michelle Boling PhD, LAT, ATC

Most Distinguished AT of the Year


Patricia Tripp PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS

ATAF Service Award


Chris Peters MEd, LAT, ATC


National Champion Athletic Trainers


Charlie Holiday MS, LAT, ATC won the 2018 NJCCA Women's Basketball National Championship with Tallahassee Community College

Jon Michelini MS, LAT, ATC (Center) won the 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball National Championship with the University of Florida

Amy Toner MS, LAT, ATC won the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis National Championship with the University of Florida

Andy Klock MESS, LAT, ATC, ASTYM, Paige Lehmann M.Ed., LAT, ATC, and Amy Bergan LAT, ATC won the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Outdoor Track and Field National Championship with the University of Florida



Scott Freer MS, LAT, ATC and Kayshia Brady LAT, ATC won the 2017 NCAA Division II Women's Tennis National Championship with Barry University


Kassandra Mosley, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2016 NCAA Division II National Championship with the Barry University Rowing. Kassandra also won the 2015 National Championship with them as well.


Paul Giannotti, MEd, LAT, ATC and the rest of Rollins College Sports Medicine Department won the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship.


Barbara Wilson, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf National Championship with St. Leo University.


Scott Freer, MS, LAT, ATC and Kristin Sitte, LAT, ATC won the 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship with Men’s Tennis at Barry University.


Jason Palmateer, LAT, ATC won the 2016 Division II National Championship with the Nova Southeastern Baseball Team.


Paige Lehmann, MEd, LAT, ATC, Andy Klock, MESS, LAT, ATC, ASTYM, and Devon Leahy, LAT, ATC won the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championship for the University of Florida.


Kassandra Mosley, LAT, ATC won the 2015 Division II National Championship with Barry University Rowing Team.



Katie Davis, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS won the 2015 Division I National Championship with the University of Florida Softball Team.


Rob Boutote, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship with University of Tampa Women’s Volleyball. He is pictured (right) here with head coach Chris Catanach (Left).


Robin Gibson, LAT, ATC and Miguel Motolongo, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS won the 2014 NCAA Division I National Championship with Florida State University Women’s Soccer. Robin is pictured here (left) with Miguel (Middle), and Team Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Bill Thompson (Right)


Al Green, MA, LAT, ATC, EMT, Meghan Cartafalsa, Kayshia Brady, and Sue Stanley-Green, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2014-2015 NCAA Division II National Championship with Florida Southern Men’s Basketball.



Kelly Bridges MS, LAT, ATC and Michael Watkins won the 2014-2015 NCAA Division I National Championship with University of Florida Women’s Gymnastics!


Ryan McCrea, MS, LAT, ATC won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship with Lynn University Men’s Soccer and in 2012.


ATAF Mission

The Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida, Inc (ATAF) is an organization whose membership is dedicated to the comprehensive health care of our state’s athletes and other physically active individuals. The mission of the ATAF is to offer a diverse range of services to its members, while protecting the public’s interest by seeing that certified, licensed athletic trainer’s are available to provide proper medical care to our state’s athletes and the physically active.

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