Joe Izzi

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Joe Izzi
Athletic Trainer • West Chester

Joe Iezzi, a graduate of West Chester University, earned his undergraduate degree as a certified athletic trainer and received his master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania.

Joe was the head athletic trainer at Cheyney University from 1975 to 1985, Philadelphia University 1985 to 1988, then became the athletic trainer in the Downingtown School District at Downingtown High School 1988 until his retirement from the district. Joe worked at a number of local rehabilitation centers before being a fixture at Downingtown. He has been involved in training in 5 NCAA final fours and 21 PIAA state championships. Joe has experience working with the USA Olympic Training Center, and olympic teams at the festival, world games, and the goodwill games in Moscow. He was a consultant to major league baseball umpires development program 1988 to 1993.

Joe has been involved in many leadership roles in the profession of athletic trainer. Among those, president of the Athletic Society, and board director. During his years as president Joe introduced changes in the Pennsylvania law and initiated the present laws to be directly under the medical practice act. He testifi ed before the Senate Committee to help get that bill passed. Joe has been a lecturer/speaker at numerous state/district and national meetings for various professions.

Many awards were given him in his illustrious career from 1999 to 2015 from associations, colleges and secondary schools , NATA most distinguished athletic trainer (2005), Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress Award (2006) Trainer's Society Hall of Fame (June 2007), NATA Hall of Fame (June 2009), West Chester University Milt Blitz Basketball Service Award. Joe was named to the Cheyney University Athletic Hall of Fame (2012), the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer's Award(2013). Joe was also named to the Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame (2014) induction of the 1985 Women's Basketball Team. The EATA, Jeffrey Stoney Service Award (2015) and the James I. Thornton 2016 Keynote Address Speaker Award.

Joe's most rewarding times have been helping the athletic training students of WCU for thepast 38 years and to help mold them into certifi ed athletic trainers. Now enjoying retirement he still stays involved with EATA and the state association(PATS). He now works with the NFL as an atc concussion spotter.

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