Brian Hatzel, associate professor of movement science, has been named the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society 2015 Distinguished Athletic Trainer of the Year. The honor recognizes role models in athletic training who exhibit outstanding contributions to the profession.
“As athletic trainers and Grand Valley faculty members, we are always focused on doing what’s right for our patients and students. I’ve dedicated myself to working hard for both,” Hatzel said. “I’m thankful for the support and time that Grand Valley and our athletic training program have afforded me to allow me to contribute to the profession and our students in ways that are both long-lasting and meaningful.”
Hatzel has been a faculty member at Grand Valley since 2002. He received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport sciences, and a doctorate in sports medicine and athletic training from the University of Florida. Hatzel received a master’s degree in biomechanics from Ball State University.
He will receive the award during the annual MATS Clinical Symposium June 5 in Ypsilanti.