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Ron Kujawski

Albany, NY

#1 Sep 22, 2009

Here's tidbit regarding a local man, Jack Koelmel. Jack will be inducted into the UAlbany Sports Hall of Fame on October 9. This is from the UAlbany Athletics web site.

Jack Koelmel (1970-2006)-- As the school's head athletic trainer for more than three decades and through three divisions of NCAA classification, Koelmel's career touched thousands of students-athletes, coaches and administrators.
A native of Housatonic, Mass., Koelmel arrived on the UAlbany campus in 1970 as a graduate student and assistant on the athletic training staff. During his tenure, Koelmel was responsible for all aspects of the sports medicine program, including preventive training, injury rehabilitation and nutrition counseling. By the time of his retirement in August 2006, he was supervising an an athletic training staff of four assistants, one graduate assistant and several volunteers.
From 1992-99, Koelmel served as the NYSATA region representative. He received his 25-year service award from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). Koelmel worked as an athletic trainer at the Empire State Games for seven years, plus taught courses at UAlbany for nearly 30 years.
Koelmel, who celebrated his 61st birthday last April, received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Norwich University in Vermont, where he played basketball and was a member of the freshman football team. At Norwich, he worked as a student assistant trainer. In 1973, he earned a M.S. in educational administration from UAlbany, where he was an instructor in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.
Koelmel and his wife Margo, reside in Ballston Spa, N.Y. He has three stepchildren, Frances, Carl and Ross, and two grandchildren, Shailee (4) and Devin (2).

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