Tad Gormley, a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts trained for the 1904 and 1906 Boston Marathon. He was brought to New Orleans in 1907 by the New Orleans Athletic Club to develop a marathon team. He worked throughout the city as a trainer and track coach and also trained Olympic boxers. He served as athletic trainer at Loyola of the South University in New Orleans. He became the first athletic trainer in the state of Louisiana. He treated and cared for all athletes in the crescent city. Following mass on Sunday’s the “Gormley Games” took place in city park. Tad served as coach, athletic trainer and organizer for the weekly events. A huge number of great athletes from the greater New Orleans area began careers in these weekly events. The events were such a success and such a part of the crescent city, that when a stadium was added to the park, it was named in honor of Tad Gormley. Though efforts were made by both Louisiana State University and Tulane to obtain his services, Tad Gormley remained a part of Loyola until his retirement in the mid 1950’s. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1962 and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame in 1990. Tad Gormley died in 1965 at the age of 81 near the place to which he dedicated his life - City Park Stadium near Loyola University.
Mike "The Tiger" Chambers : The LSU campus buzzed on October 21, 1936, as the student body awaited the arrival of “Sheik,” a live tiger from the Little Rock, Ark., zoo that would serve as the university's first official mascot. A campaign to bring a live tiger to Baton Rouge had been initiated in 1935 by Mike Chambers, the school's head athletic trainer. Chambers graduated from LSU in August 1938 with a degree in health and physical education, and he left Baton Rouge in 1939 to become the head trainer at UCLA, where he trained future Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.
“The highlight of his career was having the LSU Tiger mascot named after him.” LSU will always remember the namesake of 'Mike the Tiger,' Mike Chambers.”
"Doc" Harvey Charlie Martin "Bubba" Porche
Since his days as an athletic trainer for the old Brooklyn Dodgers Baseball Organization, Eugene "Doc" Harvey has continuously enhanced his skills as a dedicated rehabilitation specialist. Before moving to Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles when the Dodgers moved west, Doc served as an athletic trainer in Pueblo, Colorado, and Montreal, Canada. He was known as a hard worker who kept his players in excellent condition. He served under legendary Coach Eddie Robinson and was an integral part of numerous Southwestern Athletic Conference Championships both during and since Coach Robinson’s tenure. Doc supervised the Grambling State University athletic training and rehabilitative facility, ranked as one of the best in Division I-AA until his retirement 1998. He continues to work part time at Grambling as Coordinator in Sports Medicine during football season. He owns and operates a private therapy clinic working with a number of physicians and hospitals in Grambling. Doc was inducted into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 1982 and the NATA Hall of Fame in 1986. He received the NATA 50 Year Award in 2005.
Charlie Martin received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Oklahoma, after being discharged from the Army. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Baltimore Junior College and then at Northeast Louisiana University, where he worked for nearly 25 years. Charlie received the 25-year award from the NATA and was elected to the Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a founding father of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association. Charlie is best known for his pioneering research on the effects of heat and humidity in athletes. His writings on the topic were published numerous times throughout his career. Charlie was also an expert on the topic of drug testing. He traveled extensively around the nation and throughout the world, including Taiwan, The Netherlands and Belgium, lecturing on these topics, sharing the benefits of his pioneering work. Charlie will be remembered as an outstanding ambassador for the athletic training profession and his work will be missed. Charlie Martin, 54, died July 21, 1988.
Tulane had one of the nation's finest athletic trainers in the person of Earl "Bubba" Porche. In addition to his duties as athletic trainer at the Blue-Gray game, Porche served as athletic trainer for the U.S. Track Team that competed in three meets in Europe in 1967 and was an athletic trainer at the Pan-American Games in 1971. Porche came to Tulane from the Navy in 1946 as Assistant Athletic Trainer. He was subsequently named Head Athletic Trainer, a post he held for 36 years. Bubba served as District IX Secretary from 1957 to 1959 and then represented District IX on the NATA Board of Directors from 1965 to 1967. He was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Tulane Hall of Fame in 1982. The Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 1982 and in 1986 established the Bubba Porche Award to recognize outstanding High School and Collegiate Athletic Training Students each year. Tulane further honored Bubba by naming their primary medical treatment facility for all Tulane student-athletes The Earl "Bubba" Porche Athletic Training Room.
Robert “Bob” Goodwin, a 1963 graduate of Gulfport High School in Gulfport, MS, began his career in 1967 as a teacher/athletic trainer at Baker High School in Baker, LA after graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi in the same year. In 1971, he moved to the same position at Central High School in Baton Rouge where he continued until 1974. He then became the Athletic Trainer at Southeastern Louisiana University in 1974 where he remained until retiring in 2006.
Bob was a charter member of the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and has served in numerous roles including Director of Professional Education, Vice President, and President. He was also a charter member of the Louisiana Sports Medicine Society, which later recognized him with the Jim Finks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sports Medicine in 1999. He has attended 28 consecutive Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meetings and has also served on their Hall of Fame Committee for 26 years and the Program Committee for 10 years. He has served on several SEATA committees including the Site Selection Committee, College & University Athletic Trainers Committee, the History & Archives Committee and the Hall of Fame Committee. He has provided numerous presentations to the Louisiana Athletic Trainers’ Association in addition to hosting the 25th Annual Summer Symposium. He has also presented several times at the SEATA Annual Clinical Symposium and the Annual Athletic Training Student Symposium. From 1982 until 1998 he was a regular faculty member of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Student Athletic Trainers Workshop.
His contributions have been recognized through induction into the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Southeastern Louisiana University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. SELU also recognized him with the Outstanding Non Classified Employee for Service in 1999. SEATA awarded him the District Award in 1999 and the College/University Athletic Trainer Award in 2005. He received the NATA 25 Year Award in 1995.
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