2021 DISTRICT DIRECTOR ELECTION

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CANDIDATES' INFORMATION

 

 

Voting will begin on September 27th and close on October 17th at midnight.
 

If you are a certified member of District 3 and have not received an emailed ballot,
please check your spam/junk mail first, then contact Pat Aronson at aronson@lynchburg.edu

 

Robert J Cable MS, ATC

Bio: Robert Cable is entering his 31st year as the Head Athletic Trainer at Fairmont State University.
 
A well-respected leader in the Athletic Training community, Cable was inducted into the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) Hall of Fame during May of 2018 for his service to Fairmont State University, NATA and MAATA.
 
"There is no one in the country that is more deserving of this honor," said then-Director of Athletics Chad Fowler. "Bob is a leader in the athletic training community and contributes to his profession in many ways.
 
"However, his biggest impact is right here at Fairmont State, as he serves each of Fairmont State's athletes and programs as well as anyone in the country. Bob is a valuable part of our athletic department, both as an athletic trainer, and as an administrator."
 
Cable also earned the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) service award during the summer of 2018.
 
In May 2013, Cable was promoted to Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine and Game Day Management at FSU. In addition to his duties of supervising athletic training for each of Fairmont State’s 17 sports, the West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University graduate also helps organize and coordinate facility and event management for athletic contests at Fairmont State.
 
Cable heads an athletic training department that is widely regarded as among the best in the country. The over 400 student-athletes that he and his staff serve are assured of getting quality treatment and personalized care to keep them in the best possible condition.
 
Cable is also heavily involved within the athletic training community both regionally and nationally and has earned various accolades for his efforts. He was named NCAA Division II Trainer of the Year in the summer of 2010 by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). The honor recognizes the outstanding efforts of a certified athletic trainer employed in a collegiate setting at a Division II school. The NATA selected Cable on the merits of his active community and campus involvement; volunteer service; national, district and state athletic training participation; promotion of the profession; and exceptional performance in the role of collegiate athletic trainer. Cable currently serves on the committee that elects the presidents of the NATA.

In May 2015, Cable was honored by the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers' Association (MAATA) by earning their service award. The MAATA Athletic Trainer Service Award is a prestigious honor that recognizes qualified MAATA members for their contributions to the athletic training profession.
 
In addition, Cable has serves two consecutive terms as  the treasurer of the MAATA and as a member of the NATA District 3 Board of Directors. He has also served the West Virginia Athletic Trainers Association (WVATA) in numerous capacities throughout his career, including serving three consecutive terms as the President of the WVATA. One of his top priorities while  President of the WVATA was obtaining licensure for all certified athletic trainers in West Virginia. Cable also served 4 terms as the Chair of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Athletic Trainers Committee while Fairmont State was a member of the conference and is the current Chair of the MEC (Mountain East Conference).
 
In 2007, he was named the WVATA “Trainer of the Year” for his willingness to go “above and beyond the normal call of duty.”
 
Prior to coming to Fairmont State, Cable was the Head Athletic Trainer, Head Women’s Softball Coach and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His softball team made the school’s first trip to the NAIA National Softball Championship Tournament in his final season.
 
Cable also spent time as a Clinical Athletic Trainer at Medbrook Sports Medicine Clinic and was an adjunct professor of Health and Physical Education at Salem International University earlier in his career. He also worked as an Athletic Training Intern with the Baltimore Colts early in his career.

Cable has also been instrumental in expanding the training facility to now over 1,300 square feet, which was completed in the spring of 2008. The new training room is four times the size of the previous location and features include: a large taping area, six large treatment tables, a expanded wet area and increased unobstructed floor space.
 
Cable is married to the former Jill Hinkle and they are the parents of two grown children, Courtney and Jonathan.


 

Ray Davis, MS, ATC

Bio: Ray Davis of McLeansville, NC received his Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Western Carolina University and his Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from the United States Sports Academy. Following his graduation, Davis served as an athletic trainer and educator at both UNC-Charlotte and Washington and Lee University.  Furthermore, he provided athletic training services for the Harlem Globetrotters, Inc. He has had stints at several secondary schools over his career as a teacher, athletic trainer and athletic director including: Apex High School, West Lake Year-Round Middle School, John A. Holmes High School as well as his current position at Southeast Guilford High School.  In addition to the countless responsibilities as an athletic trainer, he was selected as the AT to represent NC at the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas football game in 2011.  In 2009, he joined the North Carolina Coaches’ Association East-West staff and is responsible for providing athletic training services during the annual East-West All-Star games. 

 

Professional responsibility has always been a priority for Davis and he has served in a variety of roles within the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA) and the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA).  He served 23 years in his role as a Treasurer and student program evaluator. He has done a remarkable job of overseeing the financial records of both organizations making sure each maintained financial stability and viability to continue to provide services to the athletic trainers of the District and NC.  Davis’ fiscal foresight and steadfast dedication to both organizations’ bottom line have served in immeasurable ways.  Lastly, Davis was fortunate to be selected in serving the District 3 membership as a Proxy for Dr. Katie Flanagan’s bid for the 2020 NATA Presidential election. 

 

As a testament to Davis’ experience, he has earned countless awards over his career.  He has been recognized by both the NCATA and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) with 25-year Service Awards.  The NATA recognized him with the NATA Service Award in 2013 and in 2014 he was named the Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year. In 2015, Davis was inducted into the NCATA Hall of Fame. In 2020, Davis received the MAATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

 

And in 2021, he received the District III Director’s Award for his passion and dedication to the profession. Furthermore, his alma mater, Western Carolina University’s Athletic Training Program awarded him with the “Jill Manners World of Difference Award.”      

Throughout his career Ray has been dedicated to educating students in the profession of Athletic Training by developing Sports Medicine student programs in his work setting along with serving as a preceptor to professional athletic training students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In his role of Treasurer for both athletic training organizations, he supported needs of students whether it through scholarship funds or procuring donations to support programming. He greatly enjoys mentoring the MAATA Student Senators, as his motto of “paying it forward” is not only representative of students but also the overall membership he has served.