Former Butler Athletic Trainer Headed To Hall of Fame

Former Butler Athletic Trainer Headed To Hall of Fame
Ralph Reiff

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Former Butler Director of Sports Medicine Ralph Reiff will be one of five individuals inducted into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2013 Hall of Fame at the 64th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Las Vegas.  The special induction ceremony will take place on Wednesday, June 26.

Reiff, current executive director of St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, served as head athletic trainer, director of sports medicine and associate professor at Butler from 1981 to 1999.  During his time at Butler, he provided athlete health care for all sports, managed the athletic department’s weight and equipment rooms and coordinated an extensive student-athlete health education program.  He developed the athletic trainer curriculum at Butler, helping many student advance in the field.

In addition to his duties with the Bulldogs, Reiff was active in providing sport medicine services to many national and international sporting events.  He managed the medical aspects of more than 20 NCAA Events, including three Men’s Final Four Basketball Championships, the 1988 and 1996 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials, the 2003 World Basketball Championship, the 2004 FINA Swimming World Championship and the 2006 USA Track Outdoor Championship.

Reiff further served as Program Manager-Athlete Care for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, planning and managing all medical and performance operations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games.  He served on the medical team for the 1987 Olympic Festival and was the head athletic trainer for the Gold Medal winning USA Basketball Team at the 1989 World University Games in Germany.  He also served as athletic trainer for the 2006 USA Track and Field team at the DecaNation in Paris, France.

The former Butler athletic trainer was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Govenor Robert D. Orr in 1988 for his contributions to the welfare of the citizens of Indiana, and he was recognized by Indiana Senator Richard Lugar with a special citation for his health efforts in the state.  He’s been inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and has been recognized as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in Indiana.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis (‘80) and a master’s degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.