Our History

1979

  • The Illinois Athletic Trainers Association was officially formed at the NATA National Convention in St. Louis. Richard Hoover was elected President, and Jeff Sunderlin was elected Vice-President. 

1980

  • On January 15, the first informational newsletter was published by editor Bill Kauth.

1981

  • Richard Hoover resigned as President, and Jeff Sunderlin took over the role.

    On March 27 at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association meeting in LaCrosse, WI, there was a meeting to finalize the Constitution and Bylaws. Dues were set at $13 for athletic trainers, and $5 for students. 

    A Sports Medicine Seminar was held in St. Charles, IL.

1982

  • In March, Roger Kalisiak was elected President of the IATA.

    In June, the IATA officially joined the Illinois Association of Allied Health Professionals.

    In October, Roger Kalisiak and Rich Carey announced the incorporation of the IATA.

    In November, Volume 1, Issue 1 of the official IATA newsletter was published. 

    A Sports Medicine Seminar was held in St. Charles, IL.

1983

  • The first IATA Winter Meeting was held at St. Charles High School on March 12th. Don Nielsen served as host.

    The IATA Hall of Fame was being developed this year, with the first class to be inducted at the 1984 District Banquet.

    At the end of the 1983 NATA Convention, IATA members Fred Fahey and James Sheehan were honored with 25 year NATA awards.

1984

  • The GLATA Annual Meeting was held in Schaumburg, IL.

    The IATA State Meeting was held at St. Charles High School.

1985

  • On September 6th, Governor Jim Thompson signed the Illinois Athletic Training Practice Act into law. It would take effect January 1, 1986.

    The IATA State Meeting was held at St. Charles High School.

1986

  • Mike Petty was elected President of the IATA.

    The IATA State Meeting was held at St. Charles High School.

1987

  • The IATA State Meeting was held at St. Charles High School.

    Pictured here are the 1987 inductees to the IATA Hall of Fame. From left to right: Bill Kauth, Bob Behnke, Dennis Aten, and Dr. Leonard Schroeder, D.C.

1988

  • Don Nielsen was elected President of the IATA.

    Jerry Bell of the University of Illinois was elected President of the GLATA.

    On March 5th, The IATA State Meeting was held at St. Charles High School.

1989

  • On March 4th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Naperville Central High School.

1990

  • Al Howard was elected President of the IATA. 

    On March 3rd, the IATA State Meeting was held at Naperville Central High School.

    In June, at the opening of the American Medical Association's meeting in Chicago, the AMA recognized athletic training as an Allied Health Occupation.

1991

  • On March 14th-16th, The GLATA Annual Meeting was held in Rosemont, IL.

1992

  • Bill Hughes was elected President of the IATA.

    On March 7th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Crystal Lake South High School.

1993

  • On March 6th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Crystal Lake South High School.

1994

  • Hal Hilmer was elected President of the IATA.

    On May 14th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

1995

  • On May 13th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Wheaton-Warrenville South High School.

    House Bill #481 passed through the Senate and House of Representatives on May 17th, providing licensure for athletic trainers in the state of Illinois. It would be effective on January 1, 1996, when Governor Edgar signed it.

1996

  • Bill Hughes was elected President-Elect of GLATA in March.

    Tony Garofalo was elected President of the IATA.

    On May 11th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

1997

  • On May 8th, the IATA State Meeting was held at Homewood-Flossmoor High School.

1998

  • Carol Humble was elected as the first female President of the IATA.

    The GLATA Annual Meeting was held in St. Charles, IL. The IATA also held their State Meeting during this meeting.

    On July 28th, the first annual Southern District AT Workshop was held.

1999

  • On November 6-7th, the IATA State Meeting was held at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Champaign, IL.

2000

  • Phil Voorhis was elected President of the IATA.

    On November 11th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Clock Tower Resort & Convention Center in Rockford, IL.

2001

  • On November 10-11th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Wyndham Hotel Northwest in Itasca, IL.

2002

  • Ro Rittgers was elected President of the IATA.

    On November 9-10th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, IL.

2003

  • On November 15-16th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at Northern Illinois University's Naperville campus.

2004

  • Steve McInerney was elected President of the IATA.

    Kathy Schneidwind, athletic trainer at Illinois State University, was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.

    The GLATA Annual Meeting was held in Chicago, IL.

    On November 13-14th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at Northern Illinois University's Naperville campus.

2005

  • Jerry Bell was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.

    On November 12-13th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held in Naperville, IL.

2006

  • Tory Lindley was elected as President of the IATA.

    On November 11-12th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Holiday Inn Select in Naperville, IL.

2007

  • The GLATA Annual Meeting was held in St. Charles, IL.

    On November 10-11th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Downtown Hilton in Springfield, IL.

2008

  • Mike Sullivan was elected as President of the IATA.

    On November 8-9th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton Lisle.

2009

  • On November 7-8th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton Lisle.

2010

  • Mike Overturf was elected as President of the IATA. 

    On November 7-8th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Wyndham Hotel in Lisle, IL.

2011

  • On November 5-6th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Marriot in Normal, IL.

2012

  • Eric Streeter was elected President of the IATA.

    Roger Kalisiak was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.

    The GLATA Annual Meeting was held in Wheeling, IL for the first time, and would continue to be held there for the next 7 years.

    On November 3-4th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Wyndham in Lisle, IL.

2013

  • On November 9-10th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton in Springfield, IL.

2014

  • Mike Sullivan was elected President of the IATA.

    On November 8-9th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton in Lisle, IL.

2015

  • Brian Robinson was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.

    On November 7-8th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton in Springfield, IL.

2016

  • Matt Munjoy was elected as President of the IATA.

    On November 11-13th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Hilton in Lisle, IL.

2017

  • Tory Lindley, athletic trainer at Northwestern University, was elected to President of the NATA.

    On November 4-5th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Wyndham City Centre in Springfield, IL.

2018

  • Holly Odean-Carpenter was elected as President of the IATA.

    On November 10-11th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at Embassy Suites in East Peoria, IL.

2019

  • On November 16-17th, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Embassy Suites Chicago-Naperville. 

2020

  • Jordan Anderson was elected as President of the IATA.

    On November 7-8th, due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IATA Annual Meeting was held virtually.

2021

  • On November 7th, due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the IATA Annual Meeting was held virtually.

2022

  • On March 9-12th, the GLATA Annual Meeting returned to Wheeling, IL, for the first time since 2019.

    On May 27th, Governor Pritzker signed HB4629 into law, which expanded the Illinois Athletic Training Practice Act. It would go into effect on January 1, 2023.

    On June 10-12, the IATA Annual Meeting was held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, IL.

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