TUESDAY, MAY 06, 2008
Bo McDougal named 2007 College/University "Athletic Trainer of the Year"

May 6, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - JU director of sports medicine Bo McDougal was named the 2007 College/University "Athletic Trainer of the Year" by the Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida (ATAF) in Orlando.

McDougal, who is completing his 25th year at Jacksonville University, oversees a staff of five athletic trainers and 20 students from North Florida and is responsible for the daily care, as well as prevention and rehabilitation of student-athlete injuries for the school's 18 Division I teams.

McDougal also serves as a crew member with The National Center for Drug Free Sports and has provided athletic training coverage for special events such as the W.T.A. Sunkist Championships (1986), U.S. Fencing Association Southeast Championships (1987), and NCAA men's basketball regionals in Orlando (2004), Nashville (2005), and Jacksonville (2006). He has also assisted with U.S. based touring and national teams as they trained in Jacksonville, including the U.S. Synchronized Swimming team as they prepared for the Pan American Games in 1991.

McDougal assisted with the 1984 U.S. Olympics Gymnastics Trials and the U.S. Gymnastics Federation McDonalds National Championships in 1985. He has also worked with the Athletes in Action on overseas trips to Europe (Poland & Greece) in 1990 and the former Soviet Union in 1994. Bo was selected to work at the Olympic Training Center in 1996. This past summer, he served as an athletic trainer for People to People at the Ambassador Games in Vienna, Austria.

Before coming to JU, McDougal served as a graduate assistant at both Arizona State and Murray State, his alma mater. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education from Murray State in 1981 before completing his Master's Degree in Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in 1988. He is a licensed trainer in Florida and a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Southeastern Athletic Trainers' Association, and Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida.

McDougal and his wife Lois, who are both active members of First Baptist Church Jacksonville, have one child, Milya. Bo has two stepsons, Jeremy and Brian, a grandson, Kyle, and a granddaughter, Ashlee.