Joe Iezzi

ccshof logo Inducted
2017


Joe Iezzi
Athletic Trainer • West Chester

Joe Iezzi has been a certified athletic trainer for 45 years. He earned his undergraduate degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He has worked in almost every setting of the profession. Joe was the head athletic trainer at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 1975-1985, Philadelphia University 1985-1988, and Downingtown High School 1988-2013. He also worked at Paoli Orthopedic and Rehabilitation center 1988-1993. He has been fortunate to be involved in 5 NCCA Final Fours and 21 PIAA State Championships’

He worked two weeks at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. That experience earned him time with Olympic teams at the Olympic Festival, World University Games, covering the USA Track Team, and the Goodwill games in Moscow, covering the USA Women’s Volleyball team. He was a consultant to Major League Baseball Umpires Development Program 1988-1993. Selected Athletic Trainer for the NCAA Division ll–lll All Star team that traveled to Mexico City, summer 1978.

Joe Iezzi has been involved in many leadership roles within his profession. He served on the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Board of Directors for eight years. He was President of PATS 1992-1994.During his years as President, Joe introduced changes in the Pennsylvania Law and initiated the start of the new law to be directly under the Medical Practice Act. He testified before the Senate committee to help get the bill passed. He was legislative chair from 1996-1998. Joe was also on the District II Executive Board from 1992-1994 and 1999-2005. He was on the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Board of Directors from 1999-2005. He became District II – Director of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) from 1999-2005, also serving as Vice President of NATA 2002-2003. During his six years on the NATA Board of Directors he was Board Liaison to the secondary school committee, the public relations committee, professional hockey athletic training association, the international committee, pronouncement committee, and liaison to all funded and non-funded liaison. He also served on the NATA finance and investment committee 2004-2006. Joe has been a great Lecturer/Speaker at numerous State, District, and National meetings for various professions.

His awards have been the Micro-Biomedics – EATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award, 1999, the PATS Service Award 2004, and the NATA “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” Award 2005. The Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress “Ted Quedenfeld” Award, June 2006. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Hall of Fame June 2007. The EATA Pinky E. Newell Keynote Address Speaker Award January 2008. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Hall of Fame June 2009. The EATA Cramer Award January 2010. The District 2 PATS Student Scholarship named after Joe Iezzi June 2010, given annually. The West Chester University Milt Blitz, Basketball Service Award-2011.The Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame Inducted-2012. The American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine Distinguished Athletic Trainers’ Award -2013. Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame, 2014 Induction of the 1985 Women’s Basketball Team. The EATA, Jeffrey “ Stoney” Stone Service Award,2015. The James L., Thornton 2016 Keynote Address Speaker Award. Charter Member of the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Hall of Fame) The 49’ Club. Chester County Sports Hall of Fame, November 2017. The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society [PATS} Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers Award ,2018’

Joe has also been a State Final Basketball Referee in 2011, and a two-time State Final Baseball Umpire ,1996 & 2010’

Joe’s most rewarding times have been helping the athletic training students from West Chester University for over 38 years as a Preceptor and helping mold them into certified athletic trainers and working with them daily.’

Now enjoying retirement, he still stays involved with EATA and his State Association (PATS). He now works for the NFL as an Athletic Trainer Concussion Spotter & Lead AT Spotter for Philadelphia Eagles Home games since 2011. He is on the NFL AT Spotter Advisory Committee, since June 2015, and Appointed Visiting Spotter “Ambassador” to assist crews in other NFL cities since June 2019.

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