Lyons Elevated To New Position Within UW's Sports Medicine Program

July 30, 2001

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Bill Lyons, Wyoming's Head AthleticTrainer for the past 16 years, has been elevated to a new position asCoordinator of Curriculum Development for UW's sports medicine program,Athletics Director Lee Moon announced today.

Lyons, who has been a UW athletic trainer for 24 years, the past 16as head trainer, will be involved in the expansion of Wyoming's currentathletic trainer education program. He will be establishing the curriculum,teaching classes, and recruiting prospective athletic training students. Hewill continue as an athletic trainer on a limited basis.

"This is something we've been working toward for some time," Moonsaid. "We have been wanting to expand this area so we could have a fullyrecognized and certified sports medicine curriculum. Bill has beenoverseeing the program in its current form while handling his head-trainingduties, so it was a natural to promote him to this position."

"We have been teaching and training students in this area for manyyears," Lyons said. "Now we are going to be able to take what we have, andexpand it. I am excited to be involved in this project. This is a greatopportunity for me because the University, this athletics department and ourtraining program mean a great deal to me.

"We've had to turn away students in the past because we were notequipped to handle the volume," Lyons continued. "This program provides usa vehicle to handle many more students who want to be athletic trainers."

Lyons and his training staff will begin teaching the new curriculumthis fall. He said he is hopeful that the program will be certified by theNational Athletic Trainers Association, some time in the spring of 2004.

Lyons came to Laramie, in 1978 from Fort Hays (Kansas) State, wherehe had been head athletic trainer and instructor for two years.

Prior to that he had been an assistant trainer at the University ofArizona. Lyons a native of Worland, and a 1973 graduate of UW, began hiscareer in 1973 as the athletic trainer at Amphitheatre High in Tucson.

As an undergraduate at UW, Lyons was a student trainer underlong-time Cowboy athletic trainer and UW Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Aggers.

Todd McCall, 28, who for the past two years has been head footballathletic trainer at Marshall University (Huntington, W. Va.) , will assumeWyoming's head trainer position. McCall earned a BS in Athletic Trainingfrom the University of Alabama in 1996. He earned a Master's in SportsAdministration from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) in1998.

A native of Elba, Ala., McCall began his career at Georgia SouthernUniversity (Statesboro) in 1998 as an assistant athletic trainer. He wasin charge of basketball for the Eagles, and assisted with football andvarious Olympic sports. He assumed the Marshall position in August of 1999.He was in charge of football, and worked with various Olympic sports. Healso assisted in the training room at Alabama in 1996-97.

McCall also has worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars during theirtraining camp (1996), the Shreveport Pirates of the CFL (1995), and theBlue/Gray All-Star football game in Montgomery, Ala. (1995).

"This is a great opportunity and step for me," McCall said. "I amlooking forward to contributing to what is a great situation at Wyoming.What Bill and his staff have done here is nationally recognized. I amreally looking forward to being a Cowboy."