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William Biddington

Bill was a graduate of the University High School in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received his BS, MS and EdD from West Virginia University. Bill’s first position was at the University High School in Morgantown, WV. At the age of 23, Bill accepted the Head Athletic Trainer position at California University of Pennsylvania. He later developed and accepted the additional duties of Program Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at California. In 1987, Bill was promoted to Associate Professor, and Chairperson of the Department of Sport Medicine. In 1994, he was promoted to Full Professor. He is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Health Science and Sports Studies at California University of Pennsylvania. During Bill’s tenure, he initiated the Post-Professional Graduate Education Program. Bill started his career at the California University of Pennsylvania and was the lone Certified Athletic Trainer on the staff. Currently there are 18 Certified Athletic Trainers serving at the University in various capacities. Bill has served the PATS organization in various capacities: He served as Western Representative, editor of the PATS Newsletter, Chaired the Professional Education Committee, and while serving on the Board of Directors, he assisted in the development and organization of the PATS Annual Symposium and Convention. Bill was the recipient of the PATS Most Distinguished Merit Award. He was a member of and chaired the Athletic Training Advisory Committee to the State Board of Physical Therapy. He is extremely involved in the CAATE (formerly CAAHEP) and has served as a frequent site evaluator and currently serves on the CAATE Review Committee. Bill has volunteered at the United States Olympic Training Center at Colorado Springs and was selected to work the Olympic Festivals in 1981, 1982 and the World University Games in 1983 in Edmonton, Canada.


Joe Iezzi

NATA Hall of Fame Member

Joe has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 32 years. He received his undergraduate degree from West Chester University and his Master’s degree from California University of Pennsylvania. Joe was the head athletic trainer at Cheyney University, Philadelphia University, and Downingtown High School. He has been employed at Downingtown High School since 1988. He was also employed at Paoli Orthopedic and Rehabilitation. He is most proud to have been involved in 5 NCAA Final Fours and 17 PIAA State Championships. Joe had the opportunity to work for two weeks at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. That experience earned him time with Olympic teams at the Olympic Festival, World University Games, and the Goodwill games in Moscow. Joe Iezzi has been involved in many leadership roles within our profession. He served on the PATS Board of Directors for eight years; serving as Eastern Representative, President Elect, President, and Past President. During his tenure as President, Joe introduced changes in the Pennsylvania Law and initiated the start of the new law to be directly under the Medical Practice Act. He also served as the legislative chair. Joe was on the District II Executive Board and the EATA Board of Directors. He later became District II – Director of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and served as Vice President of the NATA. During his six years on the NATA Board of Directors, he was Board Liaison to the secondary school committee, the public relations committee, Professional Hockey Athletic Training Association, the international committee, and the pronouncement committee. He also served on the NATA finance and investment committee and was the NATA News Editorial Advisor. Joe has lectured at numerous State, District, and National meetings for various professions. Joe has received the Microbiomedics Award – EATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award, the PATS Service Award, the NATA “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” Award, and the Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress “Ted Quedenfeld” Award. Joe’s believes his most rewarding times have been working with the athletic training students from West Chester University and serving as their mentor for the the past 29 years

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