July 16, 2014
Virginia Tech's Mike Goforth honored by NATA
Athletic trainer earns regional recognition

BLACKSBURG - Mike Goforth, associate director of athletics for sports medicine at Virginia Tech, has been honored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) as the Region 3 Head Athletic Trainer of the Year at the NCAA Division I level.

Each year, the College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee recognizes one individual for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in each of the following collegiate divisions: Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA and Junior College/Community College. Award recipients are actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations and promotion of the profession.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Goforth said. “This award has more to do with me being associated with a great and winning athletic department, a wonderful staff of athletic trainers and the best physician team in the country more than anything else. For 16 years, I have been blessed to be associated with great coaches, health care providers and, most importantly, awesome student-athletes who make it fun to come to work every day.”

Goforth, who was nominated by Bob Casmus, oversees the healthcare needs of all student-athletes and organizes all trainers and doctors while supervising all other healthcare-related services that Tech offers. He joined the Virginia Tech staff in 1998 and has worked closely with football in his time in Blacksburg. Goforth graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1991 with a B.A. in physical education and from Virginia Tech in 1995 with a master’s in sport management.

Goforth and his wife, Tracy, a teacher at Blacksburg Middle School, have two sons, Ethan and Luke.

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