R. Richard Ray Honored by Great
Lakes Athletic Trainers'
Posted March 29, 2002
HOLLAND -- Dr. R. Richard Ray Jr. of the Hope
College faculty has received a "Distinguished Service Award"
from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA).
The awards are presented to members of GLATA "who
have demonstrated excellence in management or leadership."
They were given to six athletic training professionals this
year, and were awarded on Friday, March 8, during the
association's winter meeting, held in Columbus, Ohio.
Ray, who is a past president of GLATA, has been a
member of the Hope faculty since 1982, and has been involved
in the profession of athletic training for more than 20
He is a professor of kinesiology and athletic
trainer at Hope, and coordinated the college's athletic
training program through the spring of 2001. He is
currently coordinating the college's on-going effort to seek
re-accreditation through the North Central Association, a
process that will continue through the fall of 2003.
Under Ray's leadership, the college's athletic
training program grew into a full major that requires its
graduates to complete 48 credit hours in a variety of
disciplines and at least 1,500 hours of clinical work under
the supervision of a certified athletic trainer. Hope is
the only private liberal arts college, and became only the
fourth institution of any type, in the state of Michigan to
have its athletic training program accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
In May of 1999, he was inducted into the Hall of
Fame by the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society, which had
presented him with its Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award
in 1995. In January of 2000, he received Hope's "Provost's
Award for Excellence in Teaching." In June of 2001, he
received the "Sayers 'Bud' Miller Distinguished Educator
Award" from the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the
association's highest honor for an athletic training
Ray has a wide range of research interests, and
has received several grants to support his work. He is the
editor or author of the books "Management Strategies in
Athletic Training" (2000, 1994), "Counseling in Sports
Medicine" (1999) and "Case Studies in Athletic Training
Administration" (1995), all published by Human Kinetics. He
has written numerous articles in scientific publications,
and has presented papers at professional conferences
including the annual clinical symposia in 2000 of both the
Japan Athletic Trainers Organization in Tokyo and the
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association in Niagara Falls.
He is former editor of "Athletic Therapy Today"
and served as associate editor of the "Journal of Athletic
Training." In 1993, he was named to the Educational
Advisory Board of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute.
Ray was co-chair of the National Athletic
Trainers' Association Education Task Force. He was
president of GLATA from 1990 to 1992, and is also a member
and former president of the Michigan Athletic Trainers'
He received a BSEd from the University of Michigan
in 1979, a master's in physical education from Western
Michigan University in 1980 and an EdD in educational
leadership from Western Michigan University in 1990.
The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association
includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and
Wisconsin. The association represents approximately 22
percent of the total membership of the National Athletic
Trainers' Association. Members serve in settings including
high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports
organizations, physician offices, rehabilitation clinics and
industrial work sites.