Wayne Evans '77
Laurie Zaparzynski '87
David Tomasi, former director of Lock Haven University’s athletic training program, and two of his former students, Wayne Evans ’77 and Laurie Zaparzynski ’87 have been inducted into the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Hall of Fame ’49 Club.
“My success in athletic training bares its roots with Dave Tomasi and the pride and professionalism he instilled in all of us,” Evans said.
Tomasi is revered as the father of LHU’s athletic training program. The program was established in the 1970s and carries on today in large part through the sustained efforts of Tomasi, who died in 2002.
In 2001, Tomasi was elected into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Hall of Fame for his dedication and passion to Lock Haven University, his students, his athletes, and to the profession of athletic training. He was also inducted into the Lock Haven University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.
“David Tomasi was a leader in athletic training education,” said LHU associate professor of health science, Eric Lippincott. “He was a tremendous mentor and role model for his students.”
“The athletic training faculty are proud to continue his legacy by delivering a high-quality athletic training education. Tomasi was, and continues to be, an inspiration to many,” Lippincott added.
“The athletic training faculty are very proud that David Tomasi, Laurie Zaparzynski, and Wayne Evans were inducted into the 2018 Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame,” said Dr. Yvette Ingram, LHU professor and assistant athletic trainer. “Tomasi instilled a sense of service into all of his students and it is great to see he was recognized for this effort.”
The EATA was established in 1949 for athletic trainers to gather and share information. Its mission is to promote and advance the athletic training profession through education, scholarship, research funding, and awards.
“The EATA has held a special place in my heart since I attended my first one as a student in 1985 at the encouragement of Dave Tomasi,” Zaparzynski said. “The group of athletic trainers I was inducted with are legends in our profession and I cannot believe I will be forever connected to these exceptional individuals.”
Evans, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, retired from Mansfield University in 2015. During his tenure at MU, which began in 1980, he served 12 years as the university’s head athletic trainer before transitioning to full-time health sciences professor until his retirement.
Zaparzynski, a native of Danville, Pennsylvania, began serving as Evans’s assistant athletic trainer at Mansfield in 1989. She replaced Evans as the university’s head athletic trainer in 1992. She is currently an assistant professor in MU’s Robert Packer Department of Health Science and Physical Activity. She is also registration chair for the EATA.
For more information about the EATA, visit www.goeata.org.
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