Tom Ford Named MATS Distinguished Athletic Trainer

Tom Ford.

June 15, 2012

ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland University's Tom Ford was named as the Michigan Athletic Trainer's Society's (MATS) Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award honoree, announced at the MATS awards banquet on Thursday night. Ford, who serves as Associate Athletic Trainer at OU, just completed his 25th season for the Golden Grizzlies.

"I am honored to have received this prestigious award in recognition of the many years I have spent in athletic training," said Ford. "I have been very fortunate to work in this industry long enough to make an impact. Thanks to all that have helped along the way."

The award is given annually to an athletic trainer in the state of Michigan that exemplifies exceptional and unique contributions to the profession of athletic training.

Ford works with men's basketball, men's and women's golf, and women's soccer, along with assisting with the day-to-day operations of the sports medicine office at Oakland. He came to OU back in 1988 after serving as head athletic trainer at Cypress Creek High School in Houston. Prior to that, Ford worked with the Dallas Cowboys after earning his master's degree from Arizona in 1982. Ford graduated from Ball State University in 1981 with a degree in physical education and health/athletic training.

"We are proud of Tom and congratulate him on this award," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Simon Dover. "We have a great Sports Medicine team and Tom is a big part of that with the experience he has. His passion for serving the student-athletes is always evident and you can see it is what he loves to do."


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