CLASS OF 2014
Glen L. (Larry) Cooper, also known as "Coop," is a product of Western Pennsylvania parenting, education and athletics. He grew up in Greenville, P A where he excelled in school and as a wrestler. Larry started his academic career at Thiel College where he wrestled and majored in Business Administration. It did not take him long to realize that what he really wanted to do was be more active and involved with sports and guiding young people. He transferred to the University of Pittsburgh and in 1984; he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health, Physical Education and Recreation Education Degree with a specialization in Athletic Training.
Coop spent his initial teaching years in Virginia at three different schools, teaching health classes, physical education and adapted physical education while working as an athletic trainer. In these roles he developed a student athletic training program, worked on curriculum development and a pilot elementary health class. He worked with other AT's to develop policies both locally and regionally to safeguard all student athletes.
During this time Larry solidified the fact that his future was in the secondary schools as a teacher and athletic trainer. He came back to Pennsylvania and has been at Penn-Trafford High School for the last 23 years. He is devoted to the profession and "loves" being an athletic trainer. Coop relishes being a mentor to many students over the years who have gone on to become involved in health care as AT's, PT's, PTA's, PA's and Orthopedic Surgeons.
Coop has been active in the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society PATS at the Executive Board level serving as both the Southwestern Representative and Parliamentarian. At the Committee level, Larry has either served as a member or a Chair of PATS , Membership, Long Range Planning and Secondary School Committees. Annually he holds Weight Assessor workshops for newly licensed Athletic Trainers within the Commonwealth. He is also a founding member of the WPIAL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
At the National level, Larry has served both as the District 2 Representative and the Chair of the Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee, an Advisory Member to the NATA Appropriate Medical Care for Secondary School-Age Athletes Task Force, serves on the National Federation of High School State Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, a contributing writer of the NATA Position Statement of Fluid Replacement for the Physically Active, a contributing writer for the NATA Inteassociation Task Force for Preventing Sudden Death in High School Sports paper and the NFHS Sports Medicine Handbook and served as a committee chair of the NATA Inter-Association Consensus Statement of Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools and Colleges.
Larry has presented numerous times at the NATA conferences, EAT A conventions, and at the PATS symposiums. He is a recipient of the 2003 Micro-Bio Medics Award; The Pride Award for Excellence in Teaching 1997, the 2008 Teaming with PRIDE Award for Sports Medicine Department Excellence, PATS 2005 Service Award, and PATS 2011 Distinguished Merit Award and in 2013 Penn-Trafford High School was the recipient of the NATA Safe Sports Award, the first recipient school in Pennsylvania.
Larry and his wife Lisa have been married for 29 years and have three daughters, Sara, Molly and Delaney. Coop is proud ofthe fact that all three are entering the teaching profession.
Mr. Joseph Donolli epitomizes family, sacrifice, tolerance, and a genuine concern for those around him. He has been a loyal advocate and distinguished servant for his country with the United States Army, the profession of Athletic Training, and the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society (PATS). Joe was raised on Long Island, New York before moving to Pennsylvania. He played football and graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1966. In 1967, he completed a Master Degree in Therapeutic Physical Education at Temple University.
While his active duty service in the US Army ended in 1970, Mr. Donolli immediately enlisted in the PA Army National Guard and served admirably until his retirement 25 years later, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He has been awarded many military merit awards during this time including the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Additionally in 1970, after Mr. Donolli returned from Vietnam, he began working as an Athletic Trainer at Millersville University. In 1971 he was hired at Gettysburg College to fill many roles including: the Assistant Athletic Trainer, an Associate Professor of Kinesiology, a Student Advisor, the Head Lacrosse Coach, and an Assistant Wrestling Coach.
In 1988, after 16 years, Mr. Donolli stepped down as Head Lacrosse Coach to become only the 3rd Head Athletic Trainer in Gettysburg College history. His predecessors were Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame members, Romeo Capozzi and Gareth "Lefty" Biser. This is truly quite remarkable as the position, was established in 1927 and now includes three Hall of Fame Members.
In 2010, Mr. Donolli stepped down as Head Athletic Training to once again be an assistant and officially retired from Gettysburg College in 2013.
While the consummate Athletic Trainer, Mr. Donolli helped in the building of an extensive, well respected and effective Athletic Training Internship Curriculum program within Gettysburg's Liberal Arts College which promoted, encouraged, mentored and taught students in the field of athletic training. In the mid 1990' s Gettysburg had as many as 32 aspiring athletic training students studying athletic training via the internship route. Mr. Donolli is an excellent example of what an athletic trainer should be, hosting many events, educating students, providing great care to his student-athletes, and advocating for the profession he cared for deeply. He was recognized and inducted into the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor in September of2013.
Additionally, Mr. Donolli has served PATS in several capacities including professional presentations and attendance at important legislative meetings on behalf of PATS in Harrisburg. Mr. Donolli was the Facilities Coordinator for the Convention Committee and Chaired the Convention Committee from 1999-2001. Since 2002, he serves as Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee, Mr. Donolli has worked with U.S. Olympic athletes and volunteered as an Athletic Trainer for the Pennsylvania Special Olympics at the Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. Senior Olympics held at the University of Pittsburgh. He continues to be active in the American Heart Association as an instructor, where he continues to teach various CPR and First Aid classes in the community.
Serving is clearly important to Mr. Donolli as he is also an extremely active member of the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church. He serves the church in many ways including as a Junior and Senior Warden of the Vestry, helping with the Decorating Committee, Pancake Day, the Silent Auction, and the Bazaar as well as serving as an Usher.
Mr. Donolli has been married to Olive Kathryn Donolli for over 40 wonderful years always striving to find the appropriate work-life balance. They have three beautiful daughters, Jacqueline, Danielle, and Stephanie.
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"A man for all settings," Gary Hanna is "all Pennsylvania" as he was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania and has throughout his career developed a reputation of a caring, hardworking, family man with a high respect for diversity. Gary started his college career by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and attended the West Chester summer athletic training program which led to his athletic training certification in 1978. Since completing his Bachelor Degree, Gary has earned two Master Degrees, one from California University of Pennsylvania, and the other from the United States Sports Academy. Being a life time leamer, he is currently working on his Doctoral Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Upon completion of the Master degree he accepted an assignment in Manama, Bahrain where he and a medical group established and constructed a sports medicine outpatient care clinic for the National athletes of Bahrain. In 1983 Gary began his United States Olympic athletic training experience in the Colorado Springs Training Center, the National Sports Festival in Baton Rouge in 1985 and the US Olympic Festival in Durham North Carolina in 1987. His Olympic career highlight was to serve on the medical staff at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Soul Korea. Gary will tell you that these experiences opened his eyes to diversity, how to communicate with diverse athletic populations and how to treat them individually.
Meanwhile, Gary worked at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, from 1981 to 1987 and then went to a clinic in Youngstown and a hospital in Warren, Ohio, where he at that time pioneered an outreach program for the local High Schools and athletes.
In 1990, Gary joined the Edinboro University Athletic Training staff as Associate Athletic Trainer. In 2004 he was promoted to Head Athletic Trainer and still serves in that position. Gary is held in very high regard by members of the athletic department, the faculty, and administration at Edinboro University, as well as the members of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainer's Society and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference because of his hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the profession.
Gary has held many leadership positions in the organization. On the Executive Board, he has served as the President Elect, President, and Past President, Interim Treasurer, and Northwestern Representative. At the committee level, Gary has served either as a chair or member of the Membership (1995-1998), Governmental Affairs (2008 - present), Newsletter (2007 - 2012), Long Range Planning (2006-2011) and Hall of Fame (2005 -present) Committees.
At the national level he serves presently on the Convention Program Committee Annual Meeting Reviewer and the College/ University Committee, as well as previously serving on the NATA District Two Executive Committee (2002-2004). In 2011, Gary was awarded the PATS Distinguished Merit Award.
Gary was an outstanding high school and college wrestler and served on the NCAA Wrestling Task Force on Weight Management, 1998-2001. He is looked at as the "fountain head" of wrestling rules and regulations pertaining to athlete care and injury prevention.
Gary is married to his wife Marsha for 34 years and has six children Benjamin, Jared, Corey, Evan, Chad and Angela. Gary is a proud dad and husband.