MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University's Julie Rochester, Ed.D., AT, ATC will be inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainers’ Society (MATS) Hall of Fame on June 6, 2014 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Rochester is an Associate Professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department, is the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at NMU and serves as the Athletic Training Coordinator and Faculty Athletics Representative for the Wildcats athletic department.
Rochester is a tenured Professor of Athletic Training at Northern Michigan University in the HPER Department and has served as the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at NMU since 1998. Rochester received her Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Northern Michigan University in 1995. From there, she went on to complete her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in 2009. She was appointed as the University’s Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA and Chair of the NMU Athletic Council in 2007. She is the founder and advisor for the Northern Michigan University Student Athletic Trainer Organization (SATO) and oversees Athletic Training services for the NMU Athletic Department.
Rochester has earned many awards for her service to the athletic training profession. In 2011, she was presented the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) Golden Pinnacle Award. In 2007, she earned GLATA’s Dedicated Service Award. In 2006, she received the Paving the Way, GLATA Celebrates 40 years of Women in Athletic Training Award. In 2005, she received MATS Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. In 2004, she received the GLATA Captain of the Great Lakes Award. Rochester is currently serving as the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) District 4 Director.
The Hall of Fame is the highest award granted by MATS and recognizes certified athletic trainers (ATC) for activities, contributions, and/or service which contribute to the enhancement of the profession of athletic training in the state of Michigan.
Certified Athletic Trainers are highly educated and skilled athletic healthcare providers. Athletic Trainers are vital members of the healthcare team. They are employed in the secondary schools, colleges, professional levels, and other athletic healthcare settings.