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John LopezCollege: Tampa
A certified athletic trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association (MAATA) as well as the Maryland Athletic Trainers’ Association (MATA), Lopez has worked at all levels of athletic competition: from youth sports, national championships, and international championships as well as from high school athletics to professional football. Lopez worked in the National Football League from 1976 – 1979 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and was the former Head Athletic Trainer with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts from 1979 - 1984.
After leaving the Colts in 1984, he returned to Maryland where he co-founded and served as the Director of Towson Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Center for 19 years. He has served as a consultant with Baltimore County Public Schools in trying to hire certified athletic trainers at the high school level, and as an instructor to high school coaches on the subject of care and prevention of athletic injuries. He is a past member of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s (MPSSAA) Athletic Health Care Advisory Committee.
As past Vice – President of the MATA he was instrumental in organizing athletic training coverage for the MPSSAA State High School Championships for over 15 years. He has also served as the Chair of the MATA Legislative committee.
He is a member of the NATA’s Hall of Fame Sub-Committee and in June 2011 will assume the Chair of the Service Sub-Committee. He served as the Chair of the NATA’s Clinical/Industrial/Corporate Athletic Trainers Committee (C/I/C) and recently completed his third term as the MAATA representative to the C/I/C Committee. He also served on the NATA’s Specialty Certification Committee.
He was co-founder of the Ed Block Courage Award (a national charity dedicated to fighting child abuse) and served as its President and is a Board Member Emeritus. He is the recipient of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) Outstanding Alumni Award and was recognized in 1999 by the NATA with its Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers Award. In 2005 he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Maryland Athletic Trainers Associations’ Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Jane have one daughter, Lindy who lives in Charleston, SC.