Greg started as a student athletic trainer in 1973 at Austin Lanier as a freshman. In 1976, his senior year, he was the parliamentarian of SWATA’s Student Athletic Association. He continued his athletic training education at the University of Texas under Frank Medina, Spanky Stephens and Eddie Day. In 1979, Greg was the first recipient of the Mission Pharmaceutical Frank Medina Scholarship Award. Greg received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Texas in December of 1980. He began his career as the Athletic Trainer at Westwood High School in the Round Rock ISD in the spring of 1981. Greg worked 2 weeks as a volunteer Athletic Trainer with Field Hockey at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 1983. In 1985, he worked Volleyball at the National Sports Festival in Baton Rouge. Also, in 1985, he spoke at the NATA Convention in San Antonio. In 1989, he spoke to the student athletic trainers at SWATA in Arlington. Greg received his Master of Science from the University of Texas A & M at Kingsville in 1993. Greg has served as an examiner for both the State and National Tests multiple times over the years. Greg has worked for the last 31 years with club volleyball tournaments. He has coordinated the Lone Star Classic, which is the largest tournament in the USA for the last 20 years. Greg retired from Westwood High School in May 2013 after 32 years. He has continued to work in athletic training as a contract athletic trainer and as a long term sub for athletic trainers in the Austin ISD at Austin High, Anderson, Bowie, and Ann Richards High School; in Leander ISD at Rouse, Vista Ridge and Glenn High Schools; and Eanes ISD at Westlake High School. The joke in the Austin area is that when the pregnant athletic trainers go out, Greg comes in to replace them. Retirement did not stick because of his love for athletic training and for the satisfaction of getting athletes well and back playing.
What Greg is most proud of is his wife of 31 years, Mary, and their 4 children who all have college degrees and successful careers.
William ”Hondo” Schneider was raised in Hondo, hence the name. He attended Texas Tech University receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Health in 1982, specializing in athletic training. He also received his Master’s Degree from Texas Tech in Sports Medicine in 1985.
During his professional career he has been employed by the NFL World Champion San Francisco 49’ers, the 1984 USFL Houston Gamblers, he served as the head athletic trainer and associate professor at Howard Payne University from 1985-1988, from 1988 to 1990 he was the head athletic trainer at Copperas Cove High School, since 1990, Hondo has resided and worked for Midland Independent School District. He served 18 years at Midland Senior High and 10 years at Midland Lee where he was fortunate to have served as the head athletic trainer for the three time state champion Lee Rebel football team. Hondo is currently employed by Urgent Orthopedic Specialist in Midland serving as Outreach Coordinator.
Hondo has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association, was a long time member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association. He currently is beginning his 17th year as the athletic trainer representative for the prestigious University Interscholastic League Medical Advisory Committee. Hondo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo and their rodeo committee. He has been a member of the Sandhills for over 26 years. He was once chosen as Rookie of the Year. Hondo currently serves as the Vice Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 19, Midland, Texas.
Hondo has delivered dozens of presentations at sports medicine clinics throughout Texas over the last 20 years. His favorite venue to speak at is the South Padre Athletic Trainers Sports Medicine Symposium; he has attended everyone since its inception in the late 90’s. Hondo has received many awards, his favorites being the Everett Blackburn Outstanding Athletic Trainer award from the Fort Davis Sports Medicine Clinic and twice recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher’s.
Hondo is married to Marla, and they have two children, Jessica, an attorney in Lubbock, and Brandt, a senior at Texas Tech University.
John Young was born one of four children in McAllen, Texas. He grew up there and graduated from McAllen High School in 1970. John completed his Bachelor of Science at Pan American University, graduating in 1974. He continued with post graduate study at Southwest Texas State University, obtaining a Master of Education in 1991. John has been a Licensed Athletic Trainer since 1973 and achieved National Certification in 1981. He has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since 1970.
John began his professional career as Head Athletic Trainer with Longview High School from 1974-1976. Galveston Ball was his next stop from 1976-1978. From the Gulf Coast John moved to San Antonio, Texas, working at Tom C. Clark High School from 1978-1980. In 1980, he moved to South San Antonio High School where he stayed until 1986. In 1986, MacArthur High School hired John Young as their Athletic Trainer. His tenure lasted until retirement in 2006.
John served on the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Student Athletic Trainer Committee from 1986-1996. He was one of the organizers for the San Antonio NATA Convention in 1985, which lead to the founding of the Alamo Area Athletic Trainers’ Association. John served as long-time AAATA Treasurer from 1988-2006.
John married Lorraine Young in 1985. They have two children, Alison and Ashley. In retirement, John continues to be active and dedicated to his chosen profession. His commitment has provided a path for the profession to move forward. John celebrated 50 years of NATA membership in 2019.
In 1973, Mark Gilbert began his pilgrimage toward Athletic Training at Henderson County Junior College in Athens, Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in 1978. Mark served as a Graduate Assistant at Texas Tech from 1978-1979. In 1979 he was hired as the Head Athletic Trainer for Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. His tenure at Lee High School ended in 1997 when he became the Athletic Trainer at Granbury High School, where he remained until retirement in 2010.
Mark Gilbert is a stalwart member of NATA, SWATA, TSATA, and is a proud Texas Licensee since 1979. He is Co-founder of the East Texas Athletic Trainers’ Association. Mark served on the SWATA Executive Board from 1996-2000, as President from 1998-1999. Mark was the TSATA Region 4 Director from 2014-2018.
Volunteerism is very important to Mark Gilbert. He served as Athletic Trainer for the Susan B. Komen “Walk for the Cure” and is still active with the Justin Sports Medicine Team. Mark was an Adjunct Professor for the School of Kinesiology at Tarleton State University from 2009-2018.
Mark’s numerous accolades include the Sam Ketchum Award-1985, Tyler Civitan Club Hero for Lifesaving Effort – 1988, Ken Locker Award-1994, NATA 25 Year Member-1998, Above the Call Award-1998, SWATA Hall of Fame-2005, and the Frank Medina Award-2009.
Mark Gilbert is without question one of the most decorated, respected Athletic Trainers in the State of Texas at any level. It is a privilege to call him a colleague. We are blessed to know him.
Micheal Saly earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas El Paso in 1971. He worked as a Student Athletic Trainer under Ross Moore.
Mike worked at Vidor High School from 1971-1972. He then moved to Conroe High School in 1973 for two years. In 1975 he became the Coordinator of Sports Medicine and held that position until 2000. Mike ascended to Director of Sports Medicine for the Sadler Clinic for twelve years and is currently the Director of Operations for Conroe Willis Family Medicine.
Mike was appointed to the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers by Governor Clements in 1989 and served until 1996. He was then reappointed serving until 2002. Mike was Chairman of the Advisory Board from 1993-2000. Saly was elected to the TSATA District 6 Director post in 2001 rolling off in 2007.
Honors include the Dr. James Sheffield Award for Exemplary contributions to the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers in 2003, the Tom Wilson Award for Dedicated Service to Athletic Training – 1993/1998, and the Frank Medina Award in 1994.
Mike Saly has exhibited steadfast effort and commitment to improving the profession. The Association honors Mike as he has honored the profession.
Pam Hillard earned an Associates Degree from Howard College in 1980. She was a Student Athletic Trainer at Angelo State earning her degree in 1983.
She worked for Eden CISD as an Elementary PE Teacher and 7th – 10th grade Science Teacher from 1984 until 2001. From 1991 to 2001 she served as the Girls Basketball Coach, Track Coach, and Athletic Trainer. From 2001 to 2012 Pam worked as the Elementary PE Teacher, Girls Assistant VB, Assistant Basketball, Head Track Coach, and Athletic Trainer for Bronte ISD. Currently, she works with Shannon Sports Medicine and continues at Bronte HS as their Athletic Trainer.
Red became a student athletic trainer at N. Garland HS in Garland, TX under Carrol Montgomery. He continued as a student athletic trainer at Baylor University under Mike Sims earning his Bachelors. Red earned his Masters along with Teaching Certificate from Sul Ross State University while living in Odessa, Texas.
Red became licensed by the Texas Department of Health Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers in 1991, Certified Athletic Trainer by the BOCATC in 1998, and received Texas Teacher Certification in Secondary Physical Education in 1998. He is currently serving as an Athletic Trainer Advisory Board Member for Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).Red has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) and the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (SWATA) since 1988, a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association since 1999, a member of the East Texas Athletic Trainers Association since 1999, and a member since inception of the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association (TSATA). Red has served committee appointments to both the SWATA Program and Scholarship committees. He served as the Region 5 Director for TSATA from 2010-2016 and served as TSATA Vice Chairman from 2011-2015, with committee appointments to both the TSATA UIL Committee and College Scholarship committee. Red serves as a Staff Member for the Davis Mt. Sports Medicine Clinic (since 2007). Attendee and Contributor/Speaker to numerous Athletic Training clinics throughout the state including the Davis Mt Sports Medicine Clinic, SWATA Annual Symposium, and the East Texas Student Trainers Workshop.
Red’s career began as the Boy’s Athletic Trainer at Odessa High School in Odessa, TX during the years 1991-1999, winning the 1992 Class 5A Boys Track and Field State Championship. During this time he began volunteering with the Justin Sports Medicine Program in 1994.
Red became the first Athletic Trainer at Kilgore High School in Kilgore, TX in 1999 and remains there to this day. Multiple honors include 2004 Class 4A Div. II Football State Championship, 2017 Class 4A Boys’ Soccer State Championship, THSCA Region VI Athletic Trainer of the year in both 2004 & 2005. He received the Everett Blackburn Award from the Davis Mt Sports Medicine Clinic in 2011, received the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2014, and most recently, received the SWATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2019. Red has continued volunteering with Justin Sportsmedicine Program and began working with T. Spoon’s Rodeo Sportsmedicine in 2007.
Personally his greatest accomplishments have to be the family with whom he has been blessed. Red is married to Lisa, his wife for 29 years, his daughter, Courtney Fox and her husband Bryant of Birmingham, AL, (both recent graduates of the University of Alabama), and his daughter, Carley, who will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall. They have, along with his parents, have been the foundation that has allowed him to work in this profession that he loves.
Robert Ramos started in Athletic Training back in 1963 as a lone Cramer’s Student Trainer at Duncan High School, Duncan Oklahoma. He covered Jv and Varsity Football, Basketball, Baseball. In 1965 he worked the Oklahoma Football and Basketball All- Star Games. After graduating from High School he attended and received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Apprenticeship Program under the direction of Ken Rawlinson 1971. His senior year he worked the Astro Blue Bonnet Bowl 1970 with a staff of 2 and Mr. Rawlinson.
His first job was Athletic Trainer for Lubbock Dunbar High School (1971-1976) and later in 1976 thru 2010 was Head Athletic Trainer for Lubbock Estacado High School. In that time he worked with four state Track teams, one Basketball and one runner-up Football and two Baseball championships.
He was Department Chairman for Social Studies at Estacado High School (1980-1995). Received, volunteer of the year award, for Lubbock Boys Club in 1980. Became a TSATA Instructor for Sports Medicine in 2004. Was one of the founding organizers for outreach school in the late 1990”s in West Texas incorporating the Sports Medicine Network. He is a past member of the Texas Society of Sports Medicine, and past instructor for Red Cross CPR/AED program.
He served as one of the founding members of TSATA and Region 3 TSATA Director (2001-2008) and Executive Secretary for TSATA (2008-2010). Under the Direction of Dave Burton, became Clinical Director for Athletic Trainers for Lakewood Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Dallas Texas (2010-2015).
Was on the Board of Directors for Summit Parc HOA in 2010-2015 and president in 2014-2015
Some of Robert Ramos accolades go as follows:
- Texas All-Star Football Trainer 1977 and Basketball 1979
- SWATA Ken Locker Award 1996
- Everett Blackburn Award 2002
- Recipient of SWATA John Harvey Humanitarian Award 2007
- LISD Trainer of the Year Award 2004 and 2010
He and his wife Caroline are now retired and enjoying RVing and grand parenting their eleven grandchildren.
Sanford Miller received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Nebraska in 1972 and a Master of Education from Northern Missouri State in 1973.
Sandy started as the Athletic Trainer for Pampa ISD from 1973-1975. From 1975-1981 he was the Head Athletic Trainer and clinical instructor at Stephen F. Austin University. He remains a clinical instructor for the Graduate AT program. Mr. Miller was the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer from 2008-2012.
Sandy was a physician extender for East Texas Orthopedics from 2012 – 2014. He was Co-clinical Education Coordinator for Stephen F. Austin from 2016-2017. He volunteered at the Olympic Training Center and has worked several Olympic events world-wide.
Sandy served as District 5 Secretary-Treasurer from 1977-1981. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers in 1987 and served until 2006. Sandy spent valuable time with the TSATA Education Reform Task Force from 2016-2019. He works on the NATA Hall of Fame Committee. Sandy is also the outstanding Master of Ceremonies for the SWATA Hall of Fame.
Sanford Miller’s awards are numerous. Southland Conference Athletic Trainer of the Year 1991-1992, Frank Medina Award-1992, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer-NATA 1999, SWATA Hall of Fame 1999, NATA Hall of Fame 2002, Eddie Wojecki Award – 2006, Jacks of Honor – 2007, and the Bobby Unsung Hero Award 2018.
Mr. Miller, we honor your unfaltering pledge of excellence to the profession.