After earning a Bachelors of Science from Northern Arizona University in 1976 and Masters of Science from the University of Arizona in 1977, Mr. Hanson took the job at Parkland High School in El Paso, Texas in 1977. He worked there until 1995. Richard then made stops at El Paso Riverside, Fabens HS, El Paso Montwood, Socorro HS, and Chaparral HS in Chaparral New Mexico until his retirement in 2011.
During this time, he served two separate two year terms as Region 1 Director on the TSATA Board. He is a member of the Sun City Athletic Trainers’ Hall of Fame.
Antoinette “Toni” VanDePutte
Toni VanDePutte earned a Bachelors of Science from Northern Michigan University and a Masters of Science from Indiana State University. After graduation in 1976, she took a job at Yselta ISD, becoming the first female Athletic Trainer with the district. Toni worked there until she moved on to Alert Services, as the West Texas and New Mexico sales representative. She served as lecturer at UTEP from 2005-2012. She also works as an Aquatics Specialist with Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Ms. VanDePutte has given back to the profession with numerous lecture opportunities, co-founding the Everett Blackburn Athletic Trainer Workshop, and helping her colleagues and an innumerable amount of coaches. She is a charter member of the Sun City Athletic Trainers’ Association and served as the first Female President, reprising that position in 2003.
Ms. VanDePutte was awarded the NATA Athletic Training Service Award in 2005. She was also awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2005 and 2006. She received the Mueller Sports Medicine Road Warrior Award in 2011 and 2013. She was awarded the SWATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2006.
While these accolades are important, Miss VanDePutte truly demonstrates a willingness to help anyone in need. She is a remarkable person of outstanding character.
Truman Spoon made his first SWATA meeting in 1963. He rubbed elbows with the likes of Logan Wood, James Dodson, Wayne Rideout, Tom Wilson, Ross Moore, Elmer and Delmar Brown, Cash Birdwell, Jack Cramer, Lem Cox, and many others. He landed his first Athletic Trainer position at Andress High School in El Paso in 1967. Truman had stops at Monahans HS, El Paso Montwood HS, El Paso Burges HS, Alpine HS, and Fort Stockton HS. He helped start Rodeo Sports Medicine in 2007, after his retirement. PhyTx in Odessa and Alpine is also one of his ventures starting in 2012.
Truman was honored by Sun City Athletic Trainers’ Association in 1986, the Greenbelt Bowl in 1992, SWATA Hall of Fame in 1997 and, Sul Ross Athletics in 2017. All of the honors are great, but the brightest jewel in his crown is “the Best Little Clinic in Texas-Priced Right”. The 30 years he spent giving back to the profession that he loves with his Sports Medicine Clinic made the profession better. He has a unique understanding of how to take care of his colleagues. Creating camaraderie is the greatest aspect of his character.
Randell Matthews earned a Bachelors of Science from West Texas State University in 1977 and Master of Arts from Angelo State University in 1980. He was hired as Head Athletic Trainer/Instructor at Angelo State University in 1977 and held the position until 1997. He has been the Program Director at the San Angelo Community Medical Center since January 1997.
Mr. Matthews served as the District 6 Representative for NATA Governmental Affairs Committee from 2002-2008. He served as SWATA President from 1992-1993 and as Texas State Representative from 1996-1999. Randy served as TSATA Region 2 Director from 2001-2007, during that time he was TSATA Board Chair-2005-2007 and Secretary/Treasurer-2001-2005. He was appointed Governmental Affairs Chair in 2011 and continues in that capacity. He has also served as TSATA Practice Act Task Force Co-chair since 2017.
In 1993 Randy Matthews received the Eddie Wojecki Award. Mr. Matthews received the Frank Medina Award in 2007. He was presented with the Everett Blackburn Award and inducted to the SWATA Hall of Fame in 2003. Randy is an amazing leader and has a zeal for the profession that is unmatched.
Scott Galloway graduated Texas A&M University with a Bachelors in Health Education. He earned an MBA in Healthcare Management from WGU Texas. Scott served as Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Sports Medicine from 1999-2013 and 2015-2018. He worked for Texas Health Resources from 2013-2015. He is now the Associate Athletic Director for White Settlement ISD.
During his tenure at DeSoto ISD, he presided over a progressive Athletic Training program. He took this opportunity to make annual improvements to staff and facilities making the DeSoto ISD program a model for Secondary School Athletic Training statewide.
He has frequent speaking opportunities nationwide, which are driven by his Sickle Trait and Sudden Death presentations, among others.
Mr. Galloway serves as the SWATA Chief Operations Officer and is a former District Secretary. He is a past Chairman of the TSATA Board of Directors.
Scott received the NATA Service Award in 2014, the James”Doc” Dodson New Horizon Award in 2003, the John Harvey Humanitarian Award 2008, and the Eddie Wojecki Award – 2012. Scott received the Doug Gibbens Above and Beyond Award in 2017 from NTATS.
Scott Galloway is a progressive, free-thinking Athletic Trainer of the utmost esteem.
Dennis Hart earned a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education from the University of North Texas in 1970 and 1976 respectively. He served as Head Athletic Trainer for North Mesquite HS for 33 years. Dennis dedicated a total of 36 years to the high school setting. Mr. Hart is currently employed as the Director of Clinical and Outreach Services by the Sports Medicine Clinic of North Texas in Dallas, Texas.
Dennis Hart chaired the founding committee of the Texas State Athletic Trainers’ Association. He served as Region 4 Director and was the Chairman for two terms – 2001-2007. He has served on the Concussion Task Force and co-authored the Texas HB 2038 – Natasha’s Law. Dennis is the current Task Force Chair for the Practice Act Review. He coordinates Sports Medicine Instructor Courses and co-authored the TEA approved curriculum. Mr. Hart served as SWATA President in 1997 and Texas State Representative to SWATA from 1998-2004.
Dennis Hart’s accolades are numerous:
- THSCA Athletic Trainer of the Year – 1998
- NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer – 1999
- Eddie Wojecki Award – 1999
- Frank Medina Award – 2001
- Member of the Mequite ISD – Apple Corp – recognizing outstanding leadership and service as an educator
- NATA Hall of Fame – 2012
Dennis Hart’s passion for the profession is incomparable. His contributions continue to advance the profession forward.
Craig Bower graduated from Lamar University in 1984. In 2015 he retired after 31 years at Belton High School. During that time he improved facilities at Belton ISD and increased the number of full-time Athletic Trainers across the district. Craig helped local school districts develop Athletic Training programs to aid their student-athletes. He was also instrumental with SWATA and the Central Texas Athletic Trainers’ Society as a speaker.
Mr. Bower is active in his community and enjoys time with his wife of 34 years, 3 children, and grandchildren.
James “Al” Wilson
James Wilson graduated from Howard Payne College in 1961. In May of that year he was hired at Killeen ISD to be a 7th grade Football Coach and Athletic Trainer. Killeen had one HS at the time. Al Wilson was the first full time Athletic Trainer in Central Texas and one of only 5 in the state. He served as the Athletic Trainer for the 1970 THSCA All Star Game.
He was elected as a SWATA Officer in 1974. He served as President in 1976. In 1976, he was appointed by Governor Briscoe to the State License Board of Athletic Trainers. He served as Chair of the State License Board from 1977-1986.
Mr. Wilson received the Eddie Wojecki Award in 1979. He was inducted to the SWATA Hall of Fame in 1988. Al was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Howard Payne Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. He was also a recipient of the Frank Medina Award.
Al Wilson completed a tenure at one school that may never be matched. 57 years taking care of the Killeen HS Kangaroos. He is an elder statesman of the profession and his contributions have allowed Athletic Trainers to practice in abundance in the State of Texas. We are blessed to have had his ability and stalwart dedication to this profession.