RRAC Athletic Trainer of the Year 2015-16

2015-16 RRAC Athletic Trainer of the Year
Andrew Crane (St. Thomas)

WACO, Texas – In his short career, Andrew Crane of the University of St. Thomas has already established high standards and earned the respect of student-athletes, coaches, and his fellow athletic trainers. Further confirmation came today as Crane was named the 2015-16 recipient of the RRAC Athletic Trainer of the Year Award.

Given annually, the award recognizes an NATA-certified athletic trainer from the RRAC who has distinguished themselves as a model of the profession in personal conduct and professional allied health service to student-athletes. The selection is determined as a peer vote with all conference athletic trainers voting.

Crane's impact on the UST athletic program goes beyond the day-to-day challenges of keeping student-athletes safe, fit and healthy. He took the responsibility to lay the foundation for the Celts' athletic training protocol and ensure they are establishing the highest standards.

"Andrew has been a terrific addition to our athletic department, and he has worked diligently to improve our Athletic Training program," says UST Athletic Director Todd Smith. "We were still a young and growing program when he arrived, and there were many policies and procedures that were not yet in place. Not only has he implemented all of the industry standards, he has actually grown the program through his relationship with the University of Houston.

"His work ethic, attention to detail and care for our student-athletes is excellent. It gives our coaches freedom from any concern of our student-athlete care. This award is well deserved and, on behalf of our entire athletic department, I would like to congratulate Andrew."

While earning his degree in Athletic Training with a minor in Sports Psychology at Texas State University, Crane earned the opportunity to intern with the Houston Texans during training camp in the summers of 2008 and 2009. He progressed to the University of Houston to pursue his Master's in Physical Education and work as a graduate assistant for the Cougar football team. Crane became a preceptor for Houston's graduate athletic training program, overseeing the clinical rotation of 10 UH graduate students and presenting a case study to the students entitled "Psychological Distress in a Concussed Athlete."

Crane has also continued to work with the Texans as a part-time assistant athletic trainer, supporting their staff with offseason workouts, physicals and home games.

Additional honors that Crane has received include Outstanding Student in a Master's Program at the University of Houston and selection to represent the South All-Star team of the Continental Baseball League while working for the Bay Area Toros. He was also a member of the 2013 Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

"It's no surprise that Andrew was chosen by his peers for this recognition," commented Lance Champagne, Athletic Trainer for LSU Shreveport and the Chair of RRAC Athletic Trainers. "He consistently demonstrates a high level of professionalism, and the passion he has for the profession of athletic training is undeniable. The student-athletes at St. Thomas and those that visit the UST campus are in good hands."

Previous Winners

2014-15 -- Lance Champagne (LSU Shreveport)