Hall of Fame
On Saturday, February 27, two new members will be inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame. The induction of the Class of 2016 will take place between noon and 2 p.m. in the Hurley Room of the Cannon Student Center on campus.
The 2016 inductees are Shawn Fitzgerald ’95 of Wilmington, N.C., and Andrew Sylvester ’98 of Duncansville, Pa.
Catawba’s Athletic Training Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in 2011. Previous inductees include Gary Blabon ’91 of Salisbury; Dr. Dan Burks ’93 of Salisbury; Chris Felix ’92 of Audubon, N.J.; Dr. Jolene Miller Henning ’96 of Jamestown; Scott McCall ’93 of Charlotte; and Holly Stump ’98 of Lithia, Fla.; Jim Bradley ’86 of Mebane; John Lukowski ’92 of Irmo, S.C.; Angela Shirk Sneed ’93 of Mooresville; Jeff Tucker ’90 of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Bryan Fass ’95 of Davidson; Carrie Graham of Coventry, Conn.; Ronald Ogrodowicz ’96 of Stratford, Conn.; Richard Sharpnack ’95 of Pitman, N.J.; Sandra Cash Campbell ’87 of Elberton, Ga. and Matthew Shaller ’98 of Knoxville, Tenn.
The induction ceremony is sponsored by the Catawba College Athletics Department and the Catawba College Athletic Training Program. Make reservations to attend by Feb. 20 or for more information about the event, contact Catawba’s Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-637-4350.
Following are the achievements of the 2016 inductees:
Shawn Fitzgerald ’95 B.A., P.A.
Shawn Fitzgerald is a Physician Assistant at Carolina Sports Medicine in Wilmington, North Carolina. He joined the Carolina Sports Medicine Practice in 2002.
Shawn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sports Medicine from Catawba College in 1995. Following graduation, he was the athletic trainer for the Florence Flames minor league baseball club for the now defunct South Atlantic League.
Shawn completed his physician assistant education at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa, in 2002. In 2001, he was the Nathanial Alston and the Margaret Briggs Foundation Scholarship Award recipient and a six-time member of the Dean’s List at Marywood University. Fitzgerald completed many of his clinical rotations as a physician assistant at Duke University and his orthopedic rotations with Triangle Orthopedics and the Miller Clinic.
He is currently the Director of Carolina Sports Medicine Outreach Programs for New Hanover, Columbus, Onslow and Duplin counties. He provides sports medicine services directly to Hoggard High School, Ashley High School, Wallace Rose Hill High School and North Brunswick High School. He is a former vice-president and board member for the Sharing Our Bounty in Wilmington, a non-profit organization that provides furniture, appliances, home goods, and clothing to those in-need. Shawn currently serves as preceptor for the Marywood University Physician Assistant Program and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Athletic Training Program.
He is married to Kerry Fitzgerald and they have three children, Macie, age 12; Ella, age 10; and Avery, age 8. The Fitzgeralds reside in Wilmington.
Andrew Sylvester ’98 B.S., B.S.N.
Andrew Sylvester is a registered nurse and certified flight nurse with 15 years of practical experience in emergency, prehospital and air-care medical services. He is currently the unit director of the 13-bed emergency department for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Pa.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from Catawba College in 1998. Following his graduation from Catawba, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Radford University in Virginia in 2000.
After graduating from Radford University, Sylvester was a flight nurse for Stat Medevac in Altoona, Pa., and staff nurse for UPMC Altoona in Altoona. He has served as an emergency department staff and a critical care nurse for Altoona Regional Hospital and a Med-Surg and ICU Staff Nurse at UPMC Bedford Hospital.
Andrew has been awarded the STAT MEDEVAC Safety Award and serves as a flight nurse preceptor. He is currently the president of the Duncansville, Pennsylvania Volunteer Fire Department and is an active member of the Everett Lions Club in Everett, Pa.
Married to wife Jessica, the couple has two children, Peyton, age 3, and Sydney, age 10 months. The Sylvesters reside in Duncansville, Pa.
Two new members were inducted into the Catawba College Athletic Training Hall of Fame on Feb. 28. The induction of the Class of 2015 took place in Peeler Crystal Lounge of the Robertson College-Community Center on campus.
The 2015 inductees are Sandra Cash Campbell ’87 of Elberton, Ga. and Matthew Schaller ’98 of Knoxville, Tenn.
Catawba’s Athletic Training Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural class in 2011. Previous inductees include Gary Blabon ’91 of Salisbury; Dr. Dan Burks ’93 of Salisbury; Chris Felix ’92 of Audubon, N.J.; Dr. Jolene Miller Henning ’96 of Jamestown; Scott McCall ’93 of Charlotte; and Holly Stump ’98 of Lithia, Fla.; Jim Bradley ’86 of Mebane; John Lukowski ’92 of Irmo, S.C.; Angela Shirk Sneed ’93 of Mooresville; Jeff Tucker ’90 of Jensen Beach, Fla.; Bryan Fass ’95 of Davidson; Carrie Graham of Concord, N.C.; Ronald Ogrodowicz ’96 of Stratford, Conn.; and Richard Sharpnack ’95 of Pitman, N.J.
The induction ceremony is being sponsored by the Catawba College Athletics Department and the Catawba College Athletic Training Program. Make reservations to attend by Feb. 21 or for more information about the event, contact Catawba’s Head Athletic Trainer Robert Casmus at email@example.com and 704-637-4350.
Following are the achievements of the 2015 inductees:
Sandra Cash Campbell ’87 M.Ed. ATC, LAT
Sandra “Sandy” Cash Campbell is the Head Athletic Trainer and Instructor in the Kinesiology Department at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia. She joined the Emmanuel College Athletic Department in 2011.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Catawba College in Health/P.E. in 1987. She was one of the first students to enter the Sports Medicine Studies at Catawba receiving a minor in Athletic Training. She received a M.A. from Furman University in 1990 where she was a graduate assistant in the Sports Medicine program and again, was one of the beginning graduate students entering their Exercise Science Studies. Prior to attending Furman University, Sandy was employed as an Athletic Trainer at Vaughn Buchannan and Shelly Sports Medicine Clinic in Greenville, S.C.
Sandy was a Health & Physical Education teacher and the first certified Athletic Trainer hired in the Greenville County School System at Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, S.C. from 1990-1992. After marriage, she moved to Elberton Ga., and was employed at Elbert County Comprehensive High School in 1992 as a Health and Physical Education Instructor as well as the first certified Athletic Trainer hired in the Elbert County School System.
In 1995, she developed a Wellness program and became the Wellness Director for Elbert Memorial Hospital. She began their Cardiac Rehabilitation Program which included providing outreach services to area schools.
Her passion lies in the clinical assessment of athletic injuries, and managing therapeutic and rehabilitation programs.
Sandy is married to Dr. Eddie Campbell DMD, FAGD and has two daughters, Taylor and Maggie. They have been married 22 years and live in Elberton, Ga.
Matthew “Matt” Schaller, ’98 M.S., ATC
Matthew Schaller is the Clinic Director for the Tennessee Orthopedic Clinics in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a 1998 Catawba College graduate with a B.A. in Sports Medicine and a minor in Biology.
Schaller completed his Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Sports Administration in 2000. While attending the University of Tennessee, Matt was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the football, men’s swimming & diving, and the men’s varsity tennis teams.
Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee, he was employed by St. Mary’s Health System of Knoxville, Tennessee as an athletic trainer providing outreach healthcare services to five area high schools. In 2002, Matt was promoted to the Sports Medicine Coordinator position and he helped create positions for certified athletic trainers for the Knoxville area schools and he provided educational workshops and clinic in sports medicine for area coaches.
In 2005, he took a position as the Sports Medicine Coordinator at Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics/TOC Spine with duties including, marketing, recruiting additional medical providers, overseeing athletic training healthcare services for additional Knoxville area high schools, and working with the University of Tennessee REC Sports Department. Since 2009, he has served as a Clinic Director with Tennessee Orthopaedic Clinics/TOC Spine. In addition, Matt serves as the athletic trainer for the University of Tennessee’s Men’s Rugby team.
Matt is married to Morgan Schaller and they reside in Knoxville, Tenn.
The 2014 inductees are Ronald Ogrodowicz '96 of Stratford, Conn., and Richard Sharpnack '95 of Pitman, N.J. Following are the achievements of the 2014 inductees:
Ronald J. Ogrodowicz, MPT, OCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS
- Ron Ogrodowicz was an outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College from 1992-1996.
- Earned an additional Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Science Studies from Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., in 2001.
- Earned a Masters' of Physical Therapy Degree from Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., in 2003.
- Head Athletic Trainer at Quinnipiac University from 1997-2004. Promoted to Assistant Athletic Director in 2000.
- Site coordinator & Senior Physical Therapist for HealthSouth located in Shelton, Conn., from 2004-2007.
- Manager for Select Physical Therapy in Shelton Conn., from 2007-2012 and Stratford, Conn., from 2012-Present.
- Earned his Orthopedic Certification Specialist from the APTA/American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties in 2011 and his Certification in Strength & Conditioning from the NSCA in 1997.
Richard Sharpnack, ATC
- Richard Sharpnack was an outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College from 1991-1995.
- Head Athletic Trainer at Palmyra High School in Marlton, N.J., from 1995-1998.
- Manager and Coordinator of Strength and Conditioning for Bally's Total Fitness
- Deptford, N.J., from 1997-1998.
- Physician Extender & Orthopedic Technician for Paul Marchetto, M.D. in Marlton, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa., from 1997-2002.
- Owner and Business Director of Velocity Sports Performance, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Washington Township, N.J., from 2002 – present.
- Director of the Sports Medicine Program for the Rothman Institute Marlton, N.J., and Philadelphia, Pa., from 2010 – present.
- Coordinator of sports medicine coverage for 3 professional teams, 7 colleges/universities and 35 high schools in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. Coordinator and Facilitator for the Philadelphia Eagles/Rothman Institute Sports Medicine Annual Symposium and the Philadelphia Phillies/Rothman Institute Sports Medicine Annual Symposium.
PHOTOS: 2013 Athletic Training Hall of Fame
Bryan Fass '95
ATC, LAT, CSCS, EMT-P
- An outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College from 1991-1995.
- Director of Exercise & Physical Therapy for Total Care in Huntersville, NC from 1998-2002.
- Senior Medic & Paramedic Crew Chief for Mecklenburg EMS Agency, Mecklenburg County, NC from 2000-2008
- Managing Director for Precision Fitness in Cornelius, NC (four rehabilitation clinics) from 2002-2011.
- President of Fit Responder in Davidson, NC from 2009-present. Provides ergonomic training, fitness & wellness programs and injury prevention services for Fire-EMS and Police.
- Author of the “Fit Responder: Fitness, Wellness & Injury Prevention for the Public Safety Professional.”
- Column writer for EMS1.com, Officer.com and the National Strength & Conditioning Association's Tactical Branch, along with serving as an advisor to the Public Safety Athletic Trainers Society.
Carrie Graham '95
- An outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College from 1991-1995.
- Earned a Master of Arts Degree from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI in 1996.
- Assistant Athletic Trainer at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH from 1997-1999.
- Assistant Athletic Trainer at University of Washington in Seattle, WA from 1999-2003.
- Clinical Coordinator/Instructor for Athletic Training at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT from 2003-2009.
- Program Coordinator of Public Health Learning Community at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT from 2010-2015.
- National Athletic Trainers' Association Women in Athletic Training Committee member from 2006-2008.
- Member of the Executive Council for the Connecticut Athletic Trainers Association (CATA) from 2006-2010 and elected President of the CATA in 2012.
- Currently an Assistant Professor of Athletic Training at Catawba College
PHOTOS: 2012 Athletic Training Hall of Fame
Jim Bradley '86
- Was the very first Catawba College Athletic Training Student, 1981-1986.
- Awarded Mr. Catawba in 1984.
- Completed Masters of Arts at Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, 1988.
- Served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Tennessee Technological University.
- Teacher and Head Athletic Trainer at South Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC from 1988-2001.
- Completed Emergency Medical Technician Certification from Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC in 1992 and served as volunteer fire fighter for the Pineville Fire Department.
- Completed National Certification as a Clinical Researcher from Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC in 2002.
- Clinical Research Specialist for Pediatric Hematology & Oncology at UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2002-present.
John Lukowski '92
- An outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College, 1988-1992.
- Inducted into the Catawba College Order of the Blue and White in 1991.
- Completed Masters of Education at the University of Virginia,, Charlottesville, VA, 1993.
- Athletic Trainer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, DE from 1993-1994.
- Athletic Trainer & Coordinator of Sports Medicine at The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg, SC, 1994-2001.
- Completed Masters Degree in Physical Therapy (2001) & Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy (2008) at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.
- Director of Rehabilitation Services for The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, SC, 2004-2009.
- Currently, Physical Therapist for Tri-County Home Health, Columbia, SC.
Angela Shirk Sneed '93
An outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College from 1989-1993.
Certified Athletic Trainer and Marketing Representative for HealthSouth, Charlotte, NC, 1999-2003.
Chaired the Medical & Safety Committee and provided coverage to the Charlotte Rugby Club, Diamond's Softball Team, Carolina Cobras, local high schools and eight motorsports teams.
Marketing Manager for Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC, 2003-2004.
Responsible for marketing and sales strategies, referral development, contract negotiations, budgeting, event management and improving customer services related to healthcare.
Event Coordinator and Athletic Trainer for PIT Instruction & Training, Mooresville, NC, 2007-2009.
Provided injury assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for six motorsports teams.
Owner and Certified Athletic Trainer of Advanced Athletic Training Solutions, Mooresville, NC, 2009 – present. Contracted to provide sports medicine treatment and care to the pit crews for Roush Fenway Racing, Petty Motorsports, and Ganassi Racing.
Jeff Tucker '90
- An outstanding athletic training student at Catawba College from 1986-1990.
- Earned a Master of Arts Degree in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA in 1993.
- Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC, 1993 – 1995.
- Director of Rehabilitation Services and Sports Medicine at St. Lucie Medical Center & Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Port St. Lucie, FL, 1995-2000.
- Developed first community-wide Sports Medicine Program that provided seven athletic trainers for the seven community high schools in Port St. Lucie, FL.
- Named Clinical Instructor of the Year at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, 1995.
- Named JCAHO "Best Leader" and "Best Plan of Care" in 1998 during the St. Lucie Medical Center hospital-wide joint commission accreditation.
- Currently, Owner/CEO and Physical Therapist for Premier Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Port St. Lucie, FL.
PHOTOS: 2011 Athletic Training Hall of Fame
Gary Blabon '91
- Attended Catawba from 1987-1991
- Awarded the Most Outstanding Athletic Training Student Award in 1991
- Clinical Athletic Trainer at Stewart Physical Therapy and at Salisbury Orthopedic Associates in Salisbury from 1991-2000
- Practice Manager for Chattanooga Bone & Joint Clinic in Chattanooga, Tenn., from 2000-2005
- Currently Director of Operations for Novant Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, N.C.
- President of Catawba College Chiefs Club 2010-2011
Dr. Dan Burks '93
- Attended Catawba from 1989-1993
- Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem in 1998
- Earned a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University, Boston, Mass., in 2005
- Employed as Director of Sports Medicine for Stewart Physical Therapy in Salisbury from 1994-2001
- Currently the Rehabilitation Director for Proformance Physical Therapy in Salisbury
Chris Felix '92
- Attended Catawba from 1988-1992
- Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1992-1994
- Head Athletic Trainer for High Desert Mavericks High Single A Baseball Club in Adelanto, Calif., in 1994
- Head Athletic Trainer for the Binghamton Rangers AHL Hockey Team in Binghamton, N.Y., from 1994-1996
- Head Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Phantoms AHL Hockey Team in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1996-2004
- Currently Senior Territory Sales Manager for Globus Medical, Inc. in Audubon, Pa.
Dr. Jolene Henning '96
- Attended Catawba from 1992-1996
- Completed Master's degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in 1998
- Completed Doctorate degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 2002
- Assistant Athletic Trainer at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., 1998-2000
- Currently Associate Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at High Point University, High Point, NC
Scott McCall '93
- Attended Catawba from 1989-1993
- Selected as Catawba College's Most Outstanding Athletic Training Student in1992 and 1993
- Completed Master's of Science degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz., in 1995
- Previously employed as Head Athletic Trainer at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, N.C. from 1995-2001 and Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, N.C., from 2001-2003
- Rehabilitation Liaison for Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C., from 2003-2006
- Currently Product Manager for U.S. Marketing & Director of Training and Education for BSN Medical, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
Holly Stump '98
- Attended Catawba from 1994-1998
- Completed Master's of Science degree at Arizona School of Health Sciences in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2000
- Completed M.B.A. at UNC Charlotte in 2005
- Head Athletic Trainer at Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Ariz., from 1999-2001
- Athletic Training Education Program Director for Catawba College from 2001-2003
- Athletic Trainer for Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, N.C., from 2005-present
- Completed the Duke University Physician Assistant Program, Durham, N.C. in 2012
- Currently a Physician Assistant with Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management in Bradenton, FL