Robert Casmus, head athletic trainer at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, has received a national honor. The College/University Athletic Trainers' Committee of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has chosen Casmus as the Division II Head Athletic Trainer of the Year. He will be formally recognized at the NATA annual meeting in late June in Anaheim, Calf.
Casmus has been head athletic trainer at Catawba College since July 1990. He has overseen the care of student athletes while also teaching in the physical education/athletic training area. He has also been instrumental in fund-raising for the athletic training program to add key equipment and make other improvements. Casmus has spearheaded several community relations projects for Catawba’s student athletic trainers, including an annual Red Cross Blood Drive.
In 2006, the General Assembly of North Carolina, acting upon the recommendation of Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight, appointed Casmus to the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer Examiners. This board, authorized by the General Assembly in 1997, issues the occupational licenses to athletic trainers in North Carolina.
Casmus earned his undergraduate degree in Health Education from Temple University in Philadelphia and his graduate degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After moving to North Carolina, Mr. Casmus was head athletic trainer for five years at Chowan College in Murfreesboro before moving to Catawba College to become head athletic trainer.
Casmus is a nationally certified athletic trainer through the Board of Certification in Omaha, Nebraska, a licensed athletic trainer in North Carolina and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association. He also serves on the board for the NATA Research and Education Foundation and is a member of the Board of Certification Examination Development Committee.
Casmus and his wife, the former Teresa Moore, reside in Salisbury and are parents of son Will.