Arkansas State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Tom Bowen announced Thursday that Head Certified Trainer Ron Carroll has been elevated to Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine, joining the Red Wolves’ senior administrative leadership team.
Carroll, who became A-State’s first certified athletic trainer in April of 1976, has served as the primary trainer for the Red Wolves’ football program for the last 45 seasons. He will now play a larger role in the athletics department’s administrative processes, specifically in sports-medicine matters across all of the Red Wolves’ 16 NCAA intercollegiate sports.
“Ron Carroll’s contributions to our athletics department have been immeasurable, and he continues to be a great leader for our athletic-training operations with his extensive knowledge and experience,” said Bowen. “This promotion and restructuring will allow us to broaden the scope of his overall involvement with all our sports medicine areas across every sport, further strengthening the tremendous care we already provide our student-athletes.”
Inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame in 2003, Carroll has received a governor-appointed position on the Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training since November of 1995 and has served as the board’s elected chairman since December of the same year.
A member of the Arkansas State Athletics Hall of Honor, Carroll continues to enjoy a highly-decorated career that has seen him earn numerous honors from organizations such as the NATA, Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association (AATA) and Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA).
“I’m very honored to receive this promotion, and I’m excited about this next challenge in my career as we continue to work to improve the healthcare of our student-athletes,” said Carroll. “I am thankful for the support of our medical community, and I still have things I want to contribute to our university and athletics department to help us be successful in both academics and athletics.”
Carroll was also part of the all-time 100 Outstanding Staff recognized at the annual Arkansas State University “Distinguished Performance Awards and Service Recognition Ceremony” in 2010 for his significant contributions to the University in its 100-year history.
Additionally, he was an honorary member of the Arkansas State All-Centennial Football Team that was announced in 2014. Carroll has worked every A-State football game of his career, a total of 532 contests out of the Red Wolves’ 1,031 all-time games.