UW Oshkosh has enjoyed a rich history in athletic training. Jerry Nauert began his tenure in 1968 and was the first certified athletic trainer employed at the University. In 1977 an academic minor was established to provide students with the necessary background for pursuing BOC, Inc. certification according to internship guidelines. Mr. Nauert remained in the capacity of Head Athletic Trainer until 1990. Jeff Chambers was then hired to continue coordinating medical care to athletes. Under Jeff’s leadership the involvement of students grew tremendously.
In 1997-98, the then Department of Kinesiology and Health made the decision to pursue what was then CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) accreditation and a UW System approved major. In 1998-99, a national search was conducted and Dr. Hal Strough was hired to coordinate accreditation efforts and direct the Athletic Training Education Program. Jeff Chambers resigned as Head Athletic Trainer at the conclusion of the 1998-99 academic year. Wade Peitersen, a student of Jeff’s and graduate of the University, was hired as the new Head Athletic Trainer/Clinical Instructor/Lecturer beginning in fall 1999.
In 1999-2000 the faculty senate at the University approved a new academic program, which provided students with the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts degree; major in Physical Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training. An academic major in Athletic Training was approved by the UW System Board of Regents in October 2002 replacing the emphasis. The program was granted CAAHEP accreditation in April 2003. Accreditation transitioned to CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education) in July 2006 and was renewed in 2009 for another 5-year cycle. A new facility in Kolf Sports Center, providing 6479 square feet of academic and clinical space, was completed in October 2003. The facility is well equipped with the latest in technology and rehabilitation equipment. In all, sixty-seven students have successfully completed the BOC, Inc. certification exam.
Wade Peitersen (Head Athletic Trainer/Clinical Instructor) has the longest tenures of current staff entering their tenth year in 2008-09. Jack Johnsen joined the staff in 2004-05 through a contract with Affinity Health Systems and Lyndsey Stier is now in her fourth year after joining the staff in 2005-06. Jennifer Zuberbier joined the staff in 2007-2008. On the education side, Dr. Robert Sipes is the current program director, coming to UW Oshkosh in the summer of 2009 and Kim Calvert joined the Athletic Training Program in 2008-2009 as the program's first clinical coordinator.