UM Program Celebrates Biggest Names in UM Athletic Training History

September 22, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Athletic Training program will host its first Athletic Training Hall of Fame Celebration on Friday, Sept. 25, to honor prestigious graduates and leaders of this robust program.

Housed in UM’s Department of Health and Human Performance, the Athletic Training program was among the first of its kind in the nation and continues to be a leader in the field of athletic training education. Since 1971, this high-demand program has provided students with a rigorous, nationally accredited academic program, extensive hands-on experience at various clinical education sites, and unique interactions with allied and medical health care professionals throughout western Montana.

The celebration is an opportunity for the Athletic Training program, the Department of Health and Human Performance, and the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences to highlight the many extraordinary graduates of this program.

“This year we are fortunate to be able to host many of the earliest graduates of the program, as well as honor individuals who represent some of the biggest names in Athletic Training that have preceded us,” said Valarie Moody, a health and human performance professor and director of the Athletic Training program.

“We are thrilled that our speakers are willing to share their unique professional and leadership experiences with our students and faculty,” she said. “This will be a historic day for UM Athletic Training program.”

Among the speakers are Michael E. Nesbitt, head athletic trainer and associate professor at Northern Arizona University. During his tenure at NAU, he promoted and justified athletic trainers in numerous Arizona high schools. Pete Rhinehart will present on behalf of Naseby Rhinehart, UM’s first athletic trainer. As a student at UM, Naseby Rhinehart earned nine letters in football, basketball and track – picking up knowledge of injury prevention and treatment firsthand. Rhinehart remained at UM for 47 years, and the Rhinehart Athletic Treatment Center is named in his honor.

Other great UM athletic trainers being recognized are Don Gleason, Wiley Kendle and Dennis Murphy.

For further information about the UM Athletic Training program or the Athletic Training Hall of Fame Celebration, visit or call Valerie Moody, athletic training program director, at 406-243-4211 or email


Contact: Peter Knox, communications and outreach manager, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-4911,