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Drew Ferguson, MEd, ATC, LAT, CSCS
Inducted 2002
University of Alabama Birmingham
Head Athletic Trainer 1978-1982
Director of Sports Medicine 1995-Present
Director of UAB Sports Medicine Clinic 1975-Present
University of Georgia Student Trainer 1970-1974
Assistant Trainer Birmingham Americans WFL 1974-75
Founded UAB Sports Medicine Clinic 1975
United States Olympic Training Center 1979
Chairman District 9 SEATA Convention 1989
Member of Alabama Sports Medicine Society Executive Board 1992
Member of Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers 1994
Member of Alabama Athletic Trainers' Association Executive Council 1996
Chairman of Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers 1996-Present
Athletic Trainer - Track and Field - Olympic Games 1996
NATA 25 Year Service Award 1998
SEATA Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year 1999
NATA National Service Award 1999

"It is certainly an honor to be inducted into the ALATA Hall of Fame," said Ferguson. "It is the highlight of my 28 years at UAB. I have been able to work in such a great environment with the UAB medical center, Children's Hospital and the UAB athletic department. We started the sports medicine clinic from scratch in 1975 and since that time I have had many unique opportunities. It has been my privilege to work with Dr. Bill Garth and all the athletic trainers throughout the years. It is just a great learning environment here at UAB and I have been fortunate enough to work at a place that I truly enjoy. Overall, it is a great honor and considering all the tremendous people that have been inducted to the ALATA Hall of Fame, it is also very humbling. However, this award is not just about me. It is also about the great sports medicine program that we have and all the great people that I have worked with." Ferguson has been a member of the UAB athletic family since the program's inception. He was the athletic department's original head trainer (1978-82), and has served as director of the UAB Sports Medicine clinic since 1982. As director of sports medicine for the athletic department, Ferguson works primarily with the UAB football program, but also coordinates medical services for some 400 student-athletes in 17 intercollegiate sports. He supervises a staff that includes four full-time trainers, eight certified graduate assistants and 25 student trainers. Ferguson currently serves as chairman of the Alabama Board of Athletic Trainers (ABAT), the state licensing body for athletic trainers. He is also a founding member of the Alabama Sports Medicine Society and is a member of the ALATA Executive Council. In the summer of 1996, Ferguson was one of 20 athletic trainers from around the United States to be selected to work at the track and field venue of the Olympic games in Atlanta. Ferguson's long list of professional experience includes service as an assistant trainer with the Birmingham Vulcans and Birmingham Americans professional football teams in the 1970s. A native of Birmingham, Ferguson is a 1974 graduate of the University of Georgia. He earned a master's degree in sports medicine from UAB in 1976.

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