W&L ATHLETIC TRAINER TOM JONES ENTERS PHASED RETIREMENT
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Athletic Director Mike Walsh has
announced that Head Athletic Trainer Tom Jones has entered a period of
phased retirement which will end with the completion of the 2002-03 athletic
Jones will stay on as an advisor, consultant and mentor for his replacement.
A search for his successor will begin immediately.
"For 32 years, Tom Jones has been the quintessential athletic trainer,
faculty member and colleague at Washington and Lee," said Walsh.
"Tom is widely regarded as one of the outstanding athletic trainers
in collegiate athletics. He is a leader in his profession and is devoted
to W&L athletics and our community. We are pleased that he will remain
on during the transition process. We thank Tom for a job well done."
Jones' athletic training career began in 1966 as the athletic trainer
at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville, Va. He then served as
a graduate assistant trainer at the University of Virginia during the
1967-68 school year and as the assistant athletic trainer at the University
of Georgia from 1968-70 before being hired at W&L by then-Athletic
Director Gene Corrigan in 1970.
During his time at Washington and Lee, Jones has established himself
as one of the top individuals in his profession. He served as the head
athletic trainer for the North-South All-Star Lacrosse Game from 1971-77
and was the Secretary (1986-88), vice-president (1988-90) and president
(1990-92) of the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association. While serving
as president of the association, Jones created a scholarship program to
help students pursuing careers in the athletic training field.
A member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Jones has received
the organizations 25-year Membership Certificate, the Service Award and
the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. He is the only active trainer
in the state to have received all three awards.
In 1984, Jones received the Glenn Grant to conduct a study on the effects
of coeducation on the athletic programs of previously all-male institutions.
He was the first member of the W&L athletic department ever to have
received the grant.
Jones' influence over the athletic training program has helped to expand
the staffing at W&L from one trainer in 1970 to four staff members
during the 2002 season. In all, he has mentored over 50 individuals who
have gone on to careers in athletic training or the medical profession.
"In life's myriad experiences, timing is sometimes paramount,"
said Jones. "W&L has offered me a unique and challenging opportunity
to work with talented student-athletes and I have appreciated the level
of professionalism extended to me by the coaching staff at W&L. Additionally,
I've had the pleasant experience of cultivating relationships among faculty
and staff across campus. I believe I've been able to develop the level
of athletic training to the point that the program is in a dynamic position
and ready for an infusion of new ideas and stimulation."
Jones earned his bachelor's degree in biology from Hampden-Sydney College
in 1960. He then graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1966
with a license in physical therapy and received a master's degree in sports
medicine from the University of Virginia in 1968. He is a member of the
Virginia and American Physical Therapy Association, the Virginia and National
Athletic Trainers Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.
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