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September 3, 2017

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   2017 ALATA Election Results

2017 ALATA Election Results

Congratulations to these candidates for successfully being elected to the following offices for ALATA.

  • President-Elect: Danielle Platt

  • Vice-President: Rachel Lawler

  • Non Officer Position #2 will require a run-off election between Daniel Lindsey & Daniel Clark.

  • The election for Secretary was found to have a by-law violation during the nomination process and has been ruled void. This election will need to be re-opened for nominations. 

  • The office of Treasurer has been vacated and will also be open for nominations. The winning candidate for this election will serve the remainder of the present term until December 31, 2018. 

Nominations must be made by a certified regular member of ALATA in good standing. Nominations for both the Secretary and Treasurer positions will take place through October 3rd.  Afterwhich a ballot will be set up for the election of the office of Secretary, Treasurer, and Non-Officer Position #2 (run off). Nominations can be emailed to the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers Executive Secretary Mrs. Leah Taylor at Please include your license number, name of the candidate, and the office for which you are nominating them.

Thank you.

President Elect

Danielle Platt

Danielle Platt currently holds the title of Clinical Education Coordinator at Troy University.  She has served in this role over the past year, having previously served in the same role at the University of West Alabama.

Danielle began her athletic training career at the University of Central Florida where she graduated with her B.S. degree in Athletic Training in 2010.  In 2010, Danielle accepted a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer position at the University of North Carolina Pembroke with her primary responsibilities being with UNCP’s football and cheer/dance programs.  While working as a Graduate Assistant, she worked towards her graduate degree and received her Master of Arts in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Administration in May of 2012.  After graduation, she worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mount Olive College in North Carolina with her primary responsibilities being with the men’s basketball and softball teams.   At the University of West Alabama, Danielle had the opportunity to serve as the Clinical Education Coordinator, Athletic Trainer to the UWA cheerleading squad, and High School Outreach Coordinator in the West Alabama region.  She is currently in pursuit of her Doctorate of Athletic Training degree from A.T. Still University.

Danielle played a leading role in the creation of the “What is an Athletic Trainer?” campaign which was designed to get to the word out about the profession of Athletic Training to Alabama state educators in the hopes of educating and stressing the importance of the need for certified athletic trainers in all high schools. This campaign led to her receiving the 2016 College Athletic Trainer of the Year Award. In her presidency, she plans to continue this campaign, working diligently to further educate the state about the profession.

Danielle resides in Troy with her husband, Brandon Platt, and they enjoy all outdoor activities that usually include their dog, Cinder.

Vice President Elect

Racheal Lawler

Racheal is starting her second year at the University of West Alabama as assistant professor in the Athletic Training Program and clinical athletic trainer for the UWA softball team.

Lawler came to UWA from Birmingham, AL, where she was the Regional Athletic Training Coordinator for Drayer Physical Therapy.  She worked with physicians, athletic trainers, and local high schools to coordinate medical care to the student athletes in the region.

Prior to her time in Birmingham, Racheal was the head athletic trainer for Alabama State University from 2011-2015.  She coordinated athletic training services for 18 NCAA Division I sports with the help of her staff.  While at ASU, she was able to increase the staff from three to eight certified athletic trainers.  Her primary sport coverages were baseball and volleyball, with oversight over all athletic teams.

Lawler came to Alabama State from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo., where she served in the same capacity. Lawler spent three seasons at Lincoln, working primarily with football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball.

Prior to her stint at Lincoln, Racheal was a certified athletic trainer for Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, AL where she worked in various capacities, including head and assistant athletic trainer at Alabama A&M University, Tennessee Valley Vipers – AFL2, and Huntsville High School.

She also has experience in professional minor league baseball with the Evansville Otters and Long Beach Breakers. She has been a NATBOC certified athletic trainer since 2000 and is also a certified personal trainer.

A native of Marion, Ill., Racheal graduated from Lambuth University in Jackson, TN with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. She graduated from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO with a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sport Business Administration.  She is currently pursuing the final phase of her Ph.D. in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

Candidate Bios for Non-Officer Position #2

Daniel Clark

Daniel Clark is currently a lead team athletic trainer for Huntsville Hospital Sports Center in Huntsville, AL.  As a Huntsville Hospital employee, he provides care to James Clemens High School and Polaris.  He’s served as a lead team athletic trainer since October 2016.  In 2014, he was voted as Newcomer of the Year, and in 2015 he was voted as Large School Athletic Trainer of the Year.  He completed his undergraduate degree in 2011 at Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.  In 2013, he earned his Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of North Alabama.  He has been NATA member since 2010.  He and his wife, Laura, have one son Hayden (19 months).


Daniel Lindsey

Daniel Lindsey currently serves as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Birmingham-Southern College. He began serving as a member of the ALATA College, University, and Military Committee during the spring of 2016.

Daniel, a native of Opelika, AL, is a 2011 graduate of Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. Upon graduation, Daniel went on to serve has a graduate assistant and intern athletic trainer with The University of Alabama at Birmingham, while pursuing his Masters in Exercise Physiology. During his three years at UAB, Daniel had the pleasure of working with football, track & field, and women’s tennis. He has also had the pleasure of volunteering and serving as an athletic trainer for the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel and the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, CA.