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Dr. Gary Turbak named 2014 NAIA-ATA Athletic Trainer of the Year

May 28, 2014

Dr. Gary Turbak, College of the Ozarks (Mo.) has been named the 2014 NAIA-ATA Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers Association.

Dr. Turbak just completed this 19th year as head trainer at College of the Ozarks. In his 28 year career as a certified athletic trainer, he has worked in the NAIA at Missouri Western University, Tarkio College and Central Methodist University.

In addition to his training duties, Dr. Turbak is an associate professor in the physical education department, serves as an academic advisor and on numerous academic committees. He is the athletic trainer for the School of the Ozarks Preparatory High School, and he has been the volunteer athletic trainer for the Pilz High School All-Star Basketball Games for the past 14 years.

Dr. Turbak has been very active on the national level, serving as the head trainer/medical coordinator for the NAIA Men's Division II National Basketball Championship (2000-present). He was has been a leader in NAIA-ATA serving as vice president, president-elect, president and chairman of the board. He received the NAIA Hall of Fame Meritorious Service Award in 2013.

Marguerite Montjoy from Oceanside, Calif., a kinesiology major at California State University San Marcos, is the recipient of the 2014 NAIA-ATA Al Ortolani Athletic Training Undergraduate Scholarship.

Montjoy's interest in sports medicine began in high school where she was an intern in the athletic training room. In her first year at CSUSM she was named lead intern for men's basketball, the first time in the program's history a freshman was named lead for a contact sport. She has worked with basketball every year since including attending the Division I Men's Basketball National Championship in Kansas City.

At the start of her second year, Montjoy was appointed head student intern and continues in that leadership position mentoring other interns.

"My biggest role models, supporters and teachers have been Mike Curran, assistant athletic trainer, and Michelle Hamilton, head athletic trainer at CSUSM," said Montjoy. "Mike has impressed upon me the need for thorough and precise triage, evaluation skills and techniques while keeping composure in high-stress situations. Michelle has taught me the importance of this profession in society and showed me ways to improve the workplace for the betterment of all those in it."