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Robert Casmus, MS, ATC

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Robert J. Casmus is in his 26th year as head athletic trainer at Catawba College. He oversees all athletic health care services and the athletic drug testing and education program.

A native of Sinking Spring, PA, Casmus earned a bachelor's degree in health education from Temple University in 1983 and a Master's in Athletic Training from the University of Arizona in 1985. During his time in the Pennsylvania area, he worked as an athletic trainer for St. John Neumann High School, and as a summer intern for the Philadelphia Eagles. In addition, Casmus completed the Advanced Athletic Training Program at West Chester University in 1983 and is a certified EMT in the state of North Carolina.

Prior to his current position, Casmus was the head athletic trainer at Chowan College (1985-1990). He also volunteered at the 1987 Pan American Games and was an intern at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in 1988. He served on the athletic training staff for the 1990 Olympic Sports Festival in Minneapolis, MN, and was the head athletic trainer for the United Football League exhibition game in Taipei, Taiwan in July of 1994.

Casmus served as a test site administrator for the BOC and is currently on the Board of Certification's examination development committee. He served two terms as the District III Representative to the NATA Public Relations Committee from 1998-2005. From 2005-2011, Casmus served on the Board of Directors for the NATA Research and Education Foundation. He served on the NATA College & University Athletic Trainers Committee from 2007-2011 and on the NATA Hall of Fame Committee from 2011-2014.

At the NATA National Convention in June 2005, Casmus received the Athletic Training Service Award and the 2010 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the NATA. He is also a recipient of the 2005 Dan Libera Service Award from the Board of Certification and was named the North Carolina College & University Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2003 and in 2008. In 2007, he was named the NCAA Division 2 College and University Athletic Trainer of the Year by the NATA.  Bob was inducted into the North Carolina Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame in March 2013.  In June 2013, he was presented the NATA Foundation Service Award.  Casmus was inducted in the District III Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in May 2015.

Casmus served as the Vice-Chair to the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners which oversees the licensure and practice act for certified athletic trainers in North Carolina from 2006-12. He currently chairs the MAATA Honors & Awards Committee. Casmus serves as the NATA Liaison to the Taylor Hooton Foundation and on the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards for Health & Safety as of September 2014 . He also serves as a member of the Catawba College Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Catawba College Campus Safety Council.

Casmus and his wife Teresa reside in Salisbury. Teresa is a pharmacist with the Medicine Shoppe in Salisbury. They have a son, Will, who was born in March of 1999.