Doug Nelson Awarded Fred Zamberletti Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DOUG NELSON TO RECEIVE MINNESOTA FOOTBALL HONORS FRED ZAMBERLETTI AWARD MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 29, 2021 – The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation is pleased to announce athletic trainer Doug Nelson has been named this year’s recipient of the Fred Zamberletti Award. Nelson will be recognized during a television broadcast in the first part of May.

Gordy Graham

MANKATO — Thanks to Gordy Graham, Minnesota State University’s athletic training program is one of the oldest and most well-respected programs of its kind in the United States.

His role in securing accreditation by expanding the program’s academic curriculum, starting with a minor in 1969, and later a major in the 1980s, was instrumental in combining science and health care into a field that was virtually nonexistent before. It also paved the way for the creation of MSU’s athletic training master’s degree program.

Criminal Background Check Fee Increase Effective 1/1/19

Minnesota Statute § 214.075 requires that all new applicants for licensure must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC).

Effective January 1, 2019, the fee for the required criminal background check will increase to 33.25. Applications received on or after this date must include the $33.25 CBC fee.

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Fred Zamberletti, MATA Hall of Fame Member Dies at age 86

Fred Zamberletti, the Head Athletic Trainer for the Minnesota Vikings from the team's inception in 1961 through 1998, and a charter member of the Minnesota Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame died Sunday morning, September 2 at the age of 86.  Below is the link to the Minneapolis StarTribune article on Fred Zamberletti's passing.

Minnesota Athletic Training Licensing Begins July 1, 2018

On May 17, 2018 Governor Mark Dayton signed the athletic trainer licensing bill into state law. The Minnesota Board of Medical Practice will continue to be the agency that regulates the state's athletic trainers, but regulation will now be done at the licensing level as of July 1, 2018. All current registrants will automatically convert to licensing, provided they have completed their registration renewal by June 30, 2018 and will not incur any additional fees.

Worthington's Joel Krekelberg to receive National Football Foundation's 2018 Fred Zamberletti Award

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 4, 2018 - A Worthington native with decades of respected athletic training experience, Joel Krekelberg will receive the Fred Zamberletti Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He will be recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 4, 2017 - The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation is pleased to announce Owatonna High School athletic trainer Terry “TC” Carlyle as the 2017 recipient of the Fred Zamberletti Award. Carlyle will be recognized at the 10 Year Anniversary of the Minnesota Football Honors on May 7.

2017 MATA Student Symposium Successful Turnout!

The 2017 MATA Student Symposium was held on January 27th and 28th at Winona State University in Winona, MN .  A tremendous amount of gratitude is owed to Dr. Brian Zeller, Ms. Nora Kraemer, Ms. Heather Buerman, Ms. Erin Arnas, and all the Winona AT students for planning and hosting the 2017 MATA Student Symposium. The student-centered athletic training education event began with a social activity at a local Winona bowling alley, offering each of the attending students from Bethel University, College of St. Scholastica, Gustavus Adolphus College, St.