Long-time Emporia State Athletic Trainer To Be Honored

By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

May 2, 2013-Former athletic trainer and educator John Baxter will join 12 others on the Emporia State University Health, Physical Education, Recreation (HPER) Building Wall of Tributes this spring. A ceremony will be held in front of the HPER Building at 12 noon on Friday, May 10 to unveil a plaque in tribute to his years of dedication to Hornet athletics and academics.

Baxter was the Head Athletic Trainer at Emporia State and instructor from 1966-2012. He was named Director of Athletic Medicine at Emporia State at the start of the 2010-11 season, allowing him to step back from the day to day athletic training duties before retiring at the conclusion of the 2011-12 academic year. A University of New Mexico graduate, he was a teacher and coach at Garfield HS in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and an assistant athletic trainer at the United States Military Academy at West Point prior to coming to Emporia State.

He is a member of the ESU Athletics Hall of Honor, Emporia State HPER Hall of Honor, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Hall of Fame, the NAIA Hall of Fame, and the Kansas Athletic Trainers' Society (KATS) Hall of Fame. He was a 2003 recipient of the University Service Citation Award for individuals moved to service by a deep concern for and loyalty to Emporia State and was named the 1995 Darrell E. Wood Service Award from the Teachers College for his total commitment to professionalism. He served as president of KATS and was instrumental in getting legislation passed to allow for registration of athletic trainers in Kansas. He is a tremendous educator, and has helped many student athletic trainers into careers in athletic training.

Last fall Baxter's retirement reception was the largest Homecoming gathering in Emporia State history and at that time Emporia State President Dr. Michael Shonrock formally announced the naming of the athletic training facility in the HPER Building the John Baxter Sports Medicine Center.

Emporia State
HPER Building Wall of Tributes
Honoree Years of service
John Baxter 1966-2012
Ron Slaymaker 1960-2004
Bill Stinson 1976-2004
George Milton 1965-2001
William Quayle 1979-1999
Bill Tidwell 1971-1994
Marjorie Stone 1965-1989
Jeanne Galley 1948-1952, 1955-1984
Keith Caywood 1946-1983
Dorothy Martin 1952-1982
Gus Fish 1929-1972
Edna McCullough 1915-1961
Bill Hargis 1914-1917, 1920-27

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