Kathy English has served the athletic training program at the University of Nebraska-Kearney since 1981. Ms. English received a diploma in medical assisting from Southeast Community College (1976), received her undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Kearney State College (1979) and was awarded her Master’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1980. She returned to Kearney State College/University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1981 where she served as the Head Athletic Trainer until 1993, Director of Athletic Training Services through 1998 and currently serves as the Clinical Coordinator and Lecturer for the UNK Athletic Training Education Program.
As the Head Athletic Trainer/Director of AT Services, English was responsible for providing athletic training services for 16 NAIA (KSC)/NCAA Division II sports while administering the athletic training program and serving on the HPERLS Department faculty. English has coordinated medical coverage for NCAA Division II National Wrestling and Cross Country meets, NAIA Women’s National Basketball Tournaments, NAIA National Indoor Track Meets and has provided athletic training coverage for several Nebraska State High School Championship events. She was also responsible for developing a high school outreach athletic training program for area high school athletes.
English has been active in the National (NATA), Mid-America (MAATA), and Nebraska State (NSATA) Athletic Trainer’s Associations. She has served on various NSATA committees as well as having been Chair of the Athletic Training Board for the Department of Health and Human Services – Nebraska; a NATABOC examiner, and serving as Chair of the MAATA College/University Student Athletic Trainer Committee from 1989-93.
In 1989, English received the George F. Sullivan Athletic Trainer of the Year Award presented by the NSATA. When Ms. English began her career in athletic training, the profession has very few female role models. She has been one of the pioneering women in athletic training for the State of Nebraska and District V. Kathy English has been very influential in promoting the athletic training profession through the image she portrays.\