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Gretchen Schlabach
Gretchen Schlabach

Gretchen Schlabach, Professor Emerita in the NIU Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, will be inducted Wednesday, June 26, into the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame.

The NATA Hall of Fame celebrates the achievements of the athletic training profession’s legends; Schlabach is one of seven members of the Class of 2019 being inducted into an exclusive circle.

Inductions will take place during the the 70th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Las Vegas.

Schlabach began teaching at NIU in 1991, serving as professor and program director for Athletic Training.

She taught in the area of injury evaluation and professional ethics; her research interest included professional ethics (ethical reasoning using dimensions of moral values, universal health care principles and moral theory) and legal Issues in athletic training.

Previous to her time at NIU, she served as the head Women’s Athletic Trainer at the University of Mississippi from 1977 to 1985.

She holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University Bloomington; and a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification in Physical Education from Ithaca College.

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Tara McCarthy
Tara McCarthy

Tara McCarthy, Adapted Physical Education teacher with the Cooperative Association for Special Education in Glen Ellyn, Ill., is the recipient of the 2019 KNPE Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recognizes the achievements of a KNPE alum based on significant accomplishments in their profession. Recipients are recognized as leaders in their profession and have made strong contributions to their field, community and/or NIU and the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Although any KNPE alum (bachelor’s or master’s) is eligible, recipients typically are at least 10 years post-graduation given the time required to make such an impact.

McCarthy, B.S.Ed. Physical Education ’97, and M.S.Ed. Kinesiology and Physical Education (Adapted Physical Education) ’99, is drawn to teaching students with severe and profound disabilities and students on the autism spectrum but teaches all students with and without disabilities.

She also was one of five national finalists for the 2019 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators.

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Phil Voorhis
Phil Voorhis

Phil Voorhis, assistant athletic director for Sports Medicine and Athletic Training for the NIU Huskies, is the recipient of the 2019 KNPE Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes longstanding exemplary service to the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Recipients can be alums, former faculty or staff members and/or partners of the department who have made meaningful contributions to KNPE over time.

Voorhis, M.S.Ed. Kinesiology and Physical Education (Exercise Physiology) ’94, came to NIU in August 1989 as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

Three years later, he was promoted to the full-time staff with oversight of football, men’s basketball and cheerleading, and in September 1994, he became the Huskies’ head athletic trainer.

A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, Voorhis is also an active participant in the Great Lakes and Illinois athletic trainers Associations. He is a past president of the IATA.

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Evans Adonis
Evans Adonis

Evans Adonis is the recipient of the 2019 KNPE Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

The award recognizes the contributions of outstanding young alumni to society, their profession or NIU and the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. The award is given to a KNPE alum no more than 10 years after completing a KNPE degree program (bachelor’s or master’s).

Director of Membership Sales for his hometown Miami Marlins, Adonis played football for the NIU Huskies in the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2007, he returned 12 kickoffs for 182 yards, leading the team with 18.8 yards per return.

Adonis, M.S. Sport Management, ’10, began his career with Legends Global Sales/AT&T Stadium’s first-ever group sales team.

He worked in sales for the Chicago Cubs during Wrigley Field’s $575 million restoration project. He also has worked for the Charlotte Hornets, the Dallas Cowboys, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins.

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Todd Garzarelli
Todd Garzarelli

Todd Garzarelli (M.S. Sport Management, ’06) has been named director of Athletics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Garzarelli will begin work May 13 at IUP.

He heads to IUP from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he became athletics director in July of 2017. From 2004 to 2008, he worked in NIU Athletics as associate athletics director for Marketing, Broadcast and Corporate Relations.

“Todd brings an incredible depth and breadth of experience to the athletic director position at IUP,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “His record of success at so many diverse universities made him the favored candidate in a very strong pool and position him well to continue the forward momentum of an already strong program. Under Todd’s leadership, IUP Athletics will be ready to move to the next level of success.”

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