“We Remember”/ Memorial Resolutions Initiative

I'm writing to ask for your assistance in identifying our District's deceased athletic training colleagues, for the purpose of remembering them as being part of our District's rich history. My hope is that this initiative will serve to remember our departed colleagues, while at the same time, making our District's membership aware of those individuals who have been a part of our District's history.


Therefore, I am asking that you forward the following information of those deceased colleagues to your state representative (see the following names & emails):

  • Full name of deceased

  • Year he/she died

  • His/her city & state of residency/work

  • Obituary if available w/picture

Send your information to: john.bielawski@gmail.com  if your state currently doesn’t have a representative.


Memorial Resolutions Committee

“Are you interested in getting involved in MAATA/District III Committee service?” The Memorial Resolutions Committee is looking for a representative from each state to act as reporters for his/her state in gathering information on the passing of colleagues. This information will then be provided to the committee chair for review, editing and formatting before inclusion in the 60 Second News, Spring & Fall Newsletters, MAATA/District III Website, Archives and Slide Show. So, if you are interested, complete the following steps:

  • Contact your state president and inform him/her of your interest in serving as the state’s representative to the Memorial Resolutions Committee.

  • Once you have been designated as the representative for your state by your president, then send a copy of your current resume, and a letter of intent, both of which are required for committee membership by MAAATA/District III to: john.bielawski@gmail.com 

  • The following individuals are the current members of the District Memorial Resolutions Committee:


District of Columbia - TBA

Maryland - Samuel Thompson, Jr. – samthompson@lifebridgehealth.org

North Carolina – Randy Pridgen – rpridgen@wcpss.net

South Carolina – James Berry – drjimberry@gmail.com

Virginia – TBD

West Virginia – Randy Meador - randy.meador@mail.wvu.edu

Memorial Resolutions

Nathan Andrew Graham  

December 15, 1970 – May 21, 2021

Greensboro, NC. Nathan Andrew Graham, 50, passed away after an extended illness on May 21, 2021. The son of William C. and Mary Lou Graham in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Samford University, and a Master if Health Administration from Strayer University. He was the Program Director of Athletic Training and Director of Sports Medicine at Greensboro College, and was also employed by Southeastern Orthopedic Specialists and Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital.

Nathan was a Deacon and active member of Cornerstone Baptist Church where a Celebration of Life was held in Greensboro. While his work was in athletic training, teaching, and allied healthcare, God’s call on his life was to be a husband and a dad. Nathan is survived by his wife Lynn (Reavis) Graham, daughter Carrie Elizabeth, and son William Garrett. In addition, he is survived by his parents William C. and Mary Lou Graham; and his sister Kathy Lee (Tom)

“Death may have claimed his body, but it will never stop his heart and spirit, because he left his handprint on the hearts of those that he touched.”

Jesse Allan Proctor   

August 7, 1936 – February 19, 2021

Raleigh, NC. Jesse Allan “Al” Proctor, 85, passed away peacefully at his home on February 19, 2021 after several years of declining health. The son of Lois Mae and Jessie McDuffie Proctor, he was born and raised in Shelby, NC. 

In 1956 he graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Gardner Webb College, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1958 from Wake Forest University. He would later earn his Master’s in Education and a Doctor of Education while at Wake. However, it was at Wake Forest that he became interested as a student in the profession of athletic training. Following graduation, he took the job of teacher/trainer at Greensboro Senior High where he became the state’s first nationally certified athletic trainer! During his long career, Al was an assistant athletic trainer with the New York Yankees and then as an assistant athletic director and athletic trainer for North Carolina State University.

Al served as the Director of Athletics and Sports Medicine for the NC Department of Public Instruction for seventeen years during which time he helped implement high school sports medicine programs across the state and developed an adult-teacher certification program. Furthermore, he established the nation’s first student trainer clinic which ran for more than 30 years. “As the Founder and Director of the state’s first sports medicine program, he worked to make sure every high school in the state was staffed by a skilled athletic trainer.” For his efforts he was known in high school athletic circles as “The Father of Sports Medicine!” One of the highlights of his career in athletics and sports medicine was his induction into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

Al is survived by his wife of 39 years, Ann Lindley Proctor; his sons Cameron A. Proctor and his wife, Kasey and Thomas M. Proctor; his beloved grandchildren Peyton and Hunter. He loved his family and friends and adored his “grand-dogs”, Ally and Geri. Al is said “to never have met a stranger.” He possessed a special gift of making everyone he met feel welcome with his warm and infectious smile. Al loved the Lord and lived his life as a Christian sharing his light with all he came into contact.


Tracy Claire Yoshikawa D’Errico  

January 11, 1988 – May 6, 2020 

Raleigh, NC. Tracy Claire Yoshikawa D’Errico, 32, passed away on May 6, 2020 after a yearlong battle with liposarcoma. She was the daughter of David and Ruth Yoshikawa. Tracy was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan before moving to North Carolina. She was a lover of sports and of all things outdoors including both the beach and the mountains. Tracy especially loved soccer.

She attended Albion College in Albion, Michigan where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with an Athletic Training major. Tracy obtained her Masters in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Management from East Carolina University (ECU). Upon graduation, she joined the ECU staff as the full-time women’s soccer athletic trainer. Following her time at ECU Tracy joined the North Carolina State athletic training staff in the spring of 2016 where she worked with the women’s soccer team. All who knew her described her as a determined individual, and someone who persevered through difficult times. She was a fighter who never gave up! They also said that she had a beautiful smile, was loyal, very exuberant, determined, a bright light, selfless, and had a heart of gold. Tracy was loved by so many and will be missed by all.

Tracy’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of her husband, Chris; her beloved dogs, Genki and Clyde; her parents Ruth and David Yoshikawa; brother, Toray, and a host of other family, friends, and colleagues.


Scott R. Ward  

July 15, 1980 – June 10, 2020

Raleigh, NC. Scott R. Ward, 39, passed unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The athletic trainer for Fike High School in Wilson, NC, he received degrees from ECU and NCCU. An amazing athletic trainer, who thrived in that environment where he saved many lives, but his real passion was wrestling. The sport of wrestling fed his soul and his passion for the sport was beyond compare.  Scott was incredibly well known and influential in the wrestling community of Raleigh where he coached for numerous organizations for more than 17 years. He was a huge presence in so many lives.

He is survived by his adoring longtime partner and love of this life, Catherine Cooper, his mom Carol Newell, stepfather Bill Newell, stepsister Jasmine Newell, Aunt Gerrie Blackwelder and uncle Darrell “Butch” Blackwelder, his dog Coleson, and countless friends across the country through wrestling and his work as an athletic trainer.


John Irvin Barnes

February 11, 1944 – December 7, 2019

​Clayton, NC.  John Irvin Barnes III, 75, passed on Saturday, December 7, 2019, lost his battle with cancer after many years. The son of the late John Irving, Jr. and Elizabeth Scher Barnes “he was a fixture at NCATA events and volunteered at athletic events across the Wake County region, as well as, the state wrestling tournament. John was a positive person who always had a smile on his face and helping hand to anyone he met. “He touched many lives throughout his career and helped shape many his positive attitude and personality according to his colleagues.” A memorial service was held on December 10, 2019 at Horne Memorial UMC with the family receiving friends immediately following the service. He is survived by his wife, Jane D. Barnes; son, Jonathan W. Barnes, his wife Paula; grandchildren, Jackson, Collin, Ryan and Owen Fitzhugh; brother Billy Barnes and sister, Susan Barnes.


Bernard B. James 

July 19, 1946 – September 27, 2019

Maryland – Bernard Burzon James, 73, of Baltimore died on the afternoon of Friday, September 27, 2019 at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Huston, Texas surrounded by family.

A product of the Baltimore City Public School System he always displayed a passion for sports. Excelling in all sports, he especially loved wrestling and football. Upon graduation from high school he earned a full scholarship to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1969. His first athletic training job was as the full-time athletic trainer for Baltimore Junior College where he worked for twelve years. During his time there, he continued his education by attending Indiana University during the summer earning his Masters’ Degree of Science in Health and Safety in the summer of 1974.

Looking toward continuing to advance his career he accepted the position of Head Athletic Trainer at Howard University in Washington, DC. It was here as the first full-time athletic trainer for the Howard University Bison intercollegiate athletic program that he served in that role for more than 30 years until his retirement.

A quiet and soft-spoken man by all accounts, he would become vocal in instances where the health and safety of the athletes was at risk.  Bernard took his job as an athletic trainer very seriously. He performed his duties and responsibilities with a passion for the well-being of the athlete and others under his care being his priority.

His athletic training career afforded him numerous and wonderful opportunities outside of his employment duties most notably: 1987 Pan American Games, 1986 United States Olympic Sports Festival, 1986 United States Olympic Training Center and interning with the NFL’s Baltimore Colts Football Club. In 1998, commemorating 25 years of NATA membership he received his pin and certificate. His wife Pam stated that “this was one of his proudest moments.”


Bryan F. Read

May 14, 1983 - August 27, 2019

Towson, Maryland - Bryan F. Read, 36 of Parkville, MD died Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the Gilchrist Center in Towson after a courageous battle with cancer.  The longtime Dulaney High School athletic trainer since 2007, was known and respected by coaches and athletic directors throughout Maryland. Richard “Rich” Reed, athletic director at Dulaney, worked very closely with Mr. Read. “This is a tough one because Bryan was beloved,” Mr. Reed said. “There isn’t a coach or student that hasn’t been affected by this loss. He was the utmost professional every day and was the most diligent person I’ve ever known in my life. We have a huge void to fill right now.”

Bryan graduated in 2002 from St. Paul’s School in Brooklandville, MD. where he was an outstanding athlete, playing basketball, football and lacrosse. He continued playing lacrosse at Hofstra University, where he studied athletic training as a Provost’s Scholar. When he earned his bachelor’s degree in 2006, he was named Outstanding Student Athletic Trainer and was the recipient of the NCAA Colonial Athletic Association Commissioner’s Award. While earning his master’s degree in athletic training from the University of Virginia, he served as graduate assistant athletic trainer at Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia in 2007, he accepted a job with Towson Sports Medicine and was assigned to Dulaney, where he remained working until his death.

In addition to his duties at Dulaney, he was concurrently an athletic trainer for the old Crystal Palace football club at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Elite Tournaments, Breakers Club Lacrosse, Cal Ripken Senior Baseball League and Caringi Soccer Camps during the summer. At Dulaney, Bryan provided athletic training services and medical coverage yearly for a 45-team program with approximately 700 athletes. He also regularly taught care and prevention of athletic injuries and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for Baltimore County coaches’ certification. “Bryan was a veteran when it came to athletic training throughout the county and state. So many relied upon his opinions and teaching,” said Mr. Reed. “He was a major part of the athletic program in Baltimore County. Hundreds of coaches have come through his training. It’s a testament to his teaching and work.” Furthermore, “He was a teacher and a front-line coach, and the kids always felt they were in good hands when Bryan was around.”


“Bryan spent so much time with his teams and was always the last one off the field and the guy who closed the gym,” his mother said.

His Towson Sports Medicine supervisor described Bryan as a “quiet and private person who had a wonderful dry sense of humor.”

After being diagnosed in February 2018 with the cancer that eventually claimed his life, “he returned to work despite the pain and treatment,” said his uncle, Alfred W. Barry III. A scholarship for a graduating senior athlete at Dulaney was established in Mr. Read’s name in 2018, and the first award was presented this year. “We started a scholarship in his honor last year, and he was very proud of that,” Mr. Reed said. “We will continue to honor Bryan that way.”

Bryan is survived by his father Robert C. Read of Ellicott City, MD, and his mother Mary Elizabeth “Chip” Rouse of Lutherville, MD.


Kenneth Bryant Rose

January 1, 2961 - January 14, 2019

​Kenneth Bryant Rose, 58, of Spartanburg, SC, died Monday, January 14, 2019, at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born January 1, 1961, in Morganton, NC, he was the son of Kenneth Allen Rose of Morganton, NC and the late Kay Allman Rose.

A U. S. Coast Guard veteran, Mr. Rose was a graduate of Appalachian State University where he received his undergraduate and Master's Degree in Exercise Science & Sports Management. He was the Head Athletic Trainer at Spartanburg High School for the last 25 years, serving every athletic team and discipline offered by the school. He was also a member of First Baptist Church Spartanburg, the SC Athletic Trainers Association, SC High School League, and Yosef Club at Appalachian State University. In addition to his father, survivors include his wife, Meredith Eaddy Rose and sons, Bryson Eaddy Rose and Chase Bradham Rose of the home; brother, Kyle Rose of Morganton, NC; two nieces; and two nephews.



Clarence Bernard “Bernie” Capps, Jr.
June 1, 1945 - February 10, 2019

ROCKY MOUNT – Clarence Bernard “Bernie” Capps, Jr., 73, of Rocky Mount died peacefully Sunday, February 10, 2019 at UNC Medical Center. Born in Nash County, NC on June 1, 1945, he was the son of the late Clarence B. Capps, Sr. and Annie Powell Capps. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Capps Jackson.

A longtime athletic trainer for Rocky Mount High School, Capps was an advocate for all things Gryphon. Affectionately known as “Bumble Bee,” Bernie was a 1963 graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High who began honing his craft as a student manager for the late Coach Dudley Whitley at R.M. Wilson Junior High in 1958. He received a B.S. from Atlantic Christian in 1968 and began his teaching career in elementary physical education in Key West, Fl. However, Rocky Mount was always home and he returned in 1972 as an athletic trainer for Rocky Mount City Schools where he also taught driver’s education and physical education.

Capps held his position as trainer at Rocky Mount High for 42 years, retiring at the age of 66, in 2011, and spent time afterwards helping in various capacities at Rocky Mount Academy. In his time care-taking for RMHS athletics, he played a role in 11 state championships. A charter member of the N.C. Athletic Trainers Association, who was inducted into the NCATA Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also honored by the association with a 25 year service award and lifetime membership. In 2006 he received the Dedicated Service Award at the SEAM Night of Champions. Other honors include induction into the George Whitfield Baseball Clinic Hall of Fame and the Unsung Hero Award from the N.C. Athletic Association for Region 3 in 1998.

Certainly a fixture at all games and practices, Capps was far more than an athletic trainer and instructor — he was a consummate networker for those privileged to be one of his friends, students, or colleagues. Arranging doctor’s appointments, connecting people, and calling in scores — sometimes the seemingly impossible just needed a little help from Bernie. For years, his unassuming home was a gathering place for coaches, former coaches, players, and lovers of Rocky Mount athletics. The playing field was leveled and true lovers of the game came together to discuss the finer points, watch highlights, solve world problems, and become lifelong friends. It was here at Bernie’s that coaches, players, teachers, and lovers of the game gathered for decades to become not just acquaintances, but family. With his Sun Drops and Blow Pops, Bernie was truly a friend to all.

Mary S. McAllister

December 28, 1973 - October 17, 2018

Mary Suzanne McAllister, 44, of Columbia, S.C., was born on December 28, 1973 in Augusta, Georgia and passed away on October 17, 2018. She was the youngest child of the late Catherine Harter McAllister and John Andrew McAllister of Mt. Carmel, South Carolina.

Mary graduated from Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, S.C., received her B. S. Degree in Sports Management from Erskine College in 1996, and was on the varsity tennis teams in both high school and college. Mary earned her M. A. degree in Teaching Health Education from the University of South Carolina in 2001.

From 1999-2014, Mary was the Head of the Physical Education Department and Athletic Trainer for the Middle School of Hammond School in Columbia. While at Hammond, she created the Concussion Management Team.

In 2014, Mary became an Athletic Trainer with Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas with Greenville Health System in Greenville, S.C. Most recently, she was an Athletic Training Supervisor with Palmetto Health USC Orthopedic Center in Columbia, S.C., assigned to Spring Valley High School. She was devoted to all her students, and was beloved by them, by parents, and by fellow faculty members. Mary had a passion for helping young people share her love of all sports.

Mary was devoted to her family, and even as a very young woman was a compassionate caregiver to elderly family members. She adored her nieces and nephews and loved all animals, especially her cat, Max. She enjoyed traveling with both her students and her family.

Mary is survived by her brothers, John Andrew McAllister, Jr. [Carolyn Matthews] of Columbia, S.C., Thomas Edwin (Ed) McAllister of Washington, D.C., Westley (Wes) Darrell McAllister [Angel] of Mt. Carmel, S.C.; and sister, Cathy McAllister Watson [Cal] of Columbia, S.C.; and by her nieces and nephews, Anne Leigh McAllister Elmore [Zach] and Sarah Elizabeth McAllister of Louisville, Kentucky, Catherine Tatum Watson of Spartanburg, S.C., Thomas Edwin McAllister, Jr. of Washington, D.C., Joseph (Jay) Calhoun Watson, Jr. of Greenville, S.C., Elizabeth (Bess) Kirkland Watson of Auburn, Alabama, and Charles Jacob (Jake) McAllister of Mt. Carmel, S.C. She is also survived by her brother, Johnny McAllister’s stepdaughter, Martha Austin Adams Bruner [Collin] and their daughters, Martha Bennett Bruner and Cason Wallace Bruner of Charleston, S.C.