Jeff Monroe was a pioneer in Athletic Training in Minnesota. He was instrumental in the formation of the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association (MATA) in the late 1970's and served the association in vital roles in those early days. Jeff graduated from The Ohio State University in Physical Education in 1972 and earned his Master's degree in Physical Education from the University of North Dakota in 1974. Starting in 1975, Jeff spent ten very busy years in the state of Minnesota as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota. In his time at the U of M, he was the Minnesota State Representative to the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA), from 1978 until 1980, and President of the MATA from 1981-1983. In 1985, Jeff became the Head Athletic Trainer at Michigan State University. In the years since he has left Minnesota, he has been awarded the 1999 National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Service Award and the 1999 Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society (MATS) Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. Other notable positions held: 1994 Chair of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association (GLATA) Winter Meeting, multiple years on the Governmental Affairs Committee of MATS, 1993 member of the NATA Ethics Committee, and Vice President of GLATA, starting in 200. Jeff has numerous publications and presentations to his credit at the local, district and national level.