Hall of Fame


Jim Bazluki
Jim Bazluki has been an active contributor to the field of athletic training for more than 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health from East Carolina University and his Master of Arts degree in Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University, where he also was a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

Following his graduation, Bazluki remained at East Carolina University as an assistant athletic trainer from 1993-2001. He then worked as an intern with the Carolina Panthers (2001), Southern Durham High School (2002-2003) and Cary High School (2003-2006). He currently works with Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast in the sports medicine/special events department where he is assigned to Northwest Cabarrus High School.

Bazluki has served in a variety of roles within the NCATA. Over the course of his career, he has served as chair of the Governmental Affairs, Scholarship, Bylaws and Public Relations committees. He has also served as a Licensure task force member. He has served on the NCATA Board of Directors in several capacities including Secretary/Treasurer (1996-1998), Secretary (1998-2000 and (2002-2005) and Vice-President (2005-2007 and 2013-present).

As an educator, Bazluki has a passion for teaching athletic training. He has presented at numerous conferences locally, regionally and nationally. He has also been published in a variety of educational newsletters and referenced journals. He was an instructor at the annual NCATA Sports Medicine Symposium for Students for 11 years. While at ECU, he was instrumental in molding young minds as a supervising athletic trainer for students in their undergraduate athletic training education program. He also served as a lecturer in the Department of Health Education and Promotions primarily teaching health classes. Eric Hall, athletic trainer at Cary High School, who introduced Bazluki for induction into the Hall of Fame stated, “Jim is well known by his peers as an individual who will assist anyone in any way he can to better that individual or the profession as a whole.”

Bazluki is the only NCATA member who has been honored as the Athletic Trainer of the Year on two different levels. He was named College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1997 and Secondary Schools Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2005. Bazluki was also inducted into the Charlotte Catholic High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 for outstanding achievement as the first student athletic trainer in school history and his accomplishments as professional athletic trainer.

As a professional, Bazluki has always been willing to help and offer support from fellow athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals as seen in his many areas of involvement. Mike Guerrero, athletic trainer at Garner High School noted, “Throughout his career, Jim has been credited with many presentations, received many awards and served in a variety of leadership positions, but what sticks out to me most about him is his tenacity, love for the profession of athletic training and unyielding concern for the student athlete.” His induction into the NCATA Hall of Fame is a testament to his numerous contributions to students, young professionals and the profession of athletic training.

In his spare time, Bazluki holds a license as a health and life insurance agent, working with the Modern Woodmen of America. He is also involved with JMK Hospitality Inc. of Cary as President of a start-up hotel ownership group.

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