J. Chris Patrick, MA, ATC
|J. Chris Patrick, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletics Director – Sports Health
University Athletic Association
P.O. Box 14485
Gainesville, FL 32604-2485
Chris Patrick joined the UF Staff in 1970 and is in his 38th year with the University of Florida. As the Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Health, he is an integral part of the University of Florida’s total sports medicine staff. Patrick supervises a staff of 10 full-time athletic trainers and two full-time dieticians that are responsible to care for and to provide prevention and rehabilitation of injuries for each Gator student-athlete. Patrick also administers the alcohol and drug testing program and handles the travel logistics for the Gator football team.
When Patrick joined the University of Florida Staff in 1970, he was appointed the head athletic trainer, a position he held until 1988, when he was promoted to the position of Director of Athletic training.
Prior to the University of Florida, Patrick was the Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Kentucky’s football team (1968-70), Mississippi State University (1965-68), Furman University (1963-64) and Eastern Kentucky University (1961-63). He was the Assistant Trainer at the University of Tennessee (1957-61) and the Associate Trainer at Florida State University (1964-65).
Patrick’s expertise and education were recognized on a national level in 1989, when he was inducted into the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. Patrick has also served as Chairperson of the Southeastern Conference’s Sports Medicine Committee. He was also named the “Collegiate Trainer of the Year” in 1982. Since joining the National Athletic Trainers Association in 1964, Patrick has also authored numerous professional articles and served on numerous advisory boards during his career.
In 1994, he was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame and in 1995 into the Florida Athletic Trainer’s Association Hall of Fame. Although being honored by the NATA and ATAF were quite a thrill because he was selected by his peers, Patrick says “It is the University of Florida honor that has provided him his greatest thrill because the selection was made by UF’s former athletes that I cared for, for so many years.”
In 2007, Patrick was inducted as a member of the inaugural class for the Southeast Athletic Training Association (SEATA) Hall of Fame. In addition, the University Athletic Association was presented with the SEATA Athletic Training Department of the Year award. The recognition of the entire UAA athletic training program was a first by SEATA. The association traditionally recognizes a SEATA Athletic Trainer of the Year, but felt the success of the overall Florida athletic program warranted recognition of the entire UAA staff.
Patrick graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in health and physical education in 1960. After a stint in the Army, he went on to gain his master’s degree in 1963 from Eastern Kentucky.
Married to the former Rita Lancaster, the couple resides in Gainesville and has two grown children, Susan and John.
|BS||University of Tennessee
|Health and Physical Education|
|MS||Eastern Kentucky University