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Herbert K. Amato

2021 Hall of Fame Inductee

Biographical Sketch

Herbert K. Amato has a 41-year career teaching at the high school and university levels, in program administration and clinical practice. At James Madison University, Dr. Amato served as the Athletic Training Education program director from 1988-2006 and is currently the associate vice provost. As a professor, he teaches a graduate course in sport and recreation management leadership. In 1988, he was selected as a member of the medical staff for the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea and traveled with the U.S. Baseball team throughout Italy and Japan as part of the pre-Olympic tour. He served on multiple medical staffs with the USA Deaf Sports Federation, traveling to Russia, Bulgaria and Taiwan. Amato has published extensively in the areas of Athletic Training education and clinical practice and is a co-founder of ACES (Amato-Cole Educational Services), an organization preparing students for success on the BOCATC examination. In 2003, he received the NATA Distinguished Educator award and in 2012 he was inducted into the Virginia Athletic Training Hall of Fame. He holds a B.S. in Physical Education (Athletic Training) from WVU, an M.S. in Education from JMU, and a Doctor of Arts in Physical Education from Middle Tennessee State University.