Hall of Fame
Robbie Lester- Robbie Lester started working in North Carolina in 1977 at what is now the State Department of Public Instruction. Prior to his position in SDPI he was at West Virginia University and James Madison. During his years at SDPI he was a strong advocate for Athletic Trainers in the Secondary School setting and worked hard to place and keep Athletic Trainers in that work setting. He also helped to place teachers in High School Athletic Training positions through a program called the Teacher-Athletic Trainer Instructional Program (TATIP). This program allowed teachers to take courses in the summers at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and then serve as Athletic Trainers at their high schools. Teachers eventually earned enough credits and contact hours to sit for what was then the NATABOC Certification Exam. A majority of current Hall of Famers went through that program. He also tried to establish licensure in this state in the early 80’s but with only 77 Athletic Trainers practicing it was not deemed necessary at that time.