Salisbury University’s head athletic trainer Pat Lamboni announced his intentions to retire at the end of the 2020-21 athletic season, according to a news release.
Lamboni has overseen the athletic training department for the last 39 years. He has worked his way from being a student athletic trainer in 1976 to building fully-accredited athletic training undergraduate and graduate programs at Salisbury.
“There have been countless staff members, interns, students and coaches that helped build this athletic training program to where it is today,” Lamboni said in the release. “It has been a collective effort to make this a very memorable place to be for the past 39 years.”
Lamboni first arrived at then-Salisbury State College in ’76 as a transfer from Essex Community College. He spent his undergraduate career playing baseball and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1978.
Lamboni received his Master of Science in 1980 from Salisbury and went on to spend two years as the Head Athletic Trainer at Catholic University. He then returned to Salisbury in the same position.
Dr. Gerry DiBartolo, SU’s Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation, said he has built a strong relationship with Lamboni through his time with the university.
“I have had the honor and privilege of getting to know, working with and growing a friendship with [Lamboni] in our time here at SU,” DiBartolo said in the release. “He has done a tremendous amount of work to help grow our athletic program and keep our student-athletes healthy.”
Lamboni was named a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers Association in 2004. In 2010, he was named the Division III Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the same organization.
The Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association also welcomed Lamboni into its Hall of Fame ranks in 2014.
By NICK LEWIS
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