Bill Lyons MS, ATC, LAT
Mr. Bill Lyons' history with the RMATA stretches back to 1971 when he became a member of the NATA and RMATA. After growing up in Worland, Wyoming, Bill began his career in Athletic Training as a student at the University of Wyoming. After graduation, he became the Head Athletic Trainer at Amphitheater High School in Tucson, Arizona. This was followed by positions as Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Arizona, Head Athletic Trainer at Fort Hays State University, and Assistant and Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Wyoming. During his tenure at the University of Wyoming, Bill developed and worked as Director of the Athletic Training Education Program.
A founding member of the Wyoming Athletic Training Association and an original Board Member of the RMATA, Bill has held many other state, district and national positions, including President, Secretary-Treasurer, and member of the NATA Board of Directors. He has been a presenter and lecturer at many venues throughout his career, including the NATA and RMATA Clinical Symposia and Instructor for many Cramer Athletic Training Camps.
Bill has received many well-deserved awards throughout his career. These include the Distinguished Faculty Member from the University of Wyoming; Lifetime Achievement in Athletic Training, and Outstanding Service Award from the Wyoming Athletic Trainers' Association; RMATA Hall of Fame inductee (1999); and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2006) and Hall of Fame inductee (2009) from NATA. Bill has devoted his life and exceptional professionalism to Athletic Training.
He currently enjoys his position as Instructor and Clinical Coordinator at Midwestern State University.
Bill states that he initially entered the profession as a means to be around athletics, but as time went on it also morphed into a love of healthcare and the ability to help active individuals return to their sport or activity. Bill has been married to Jeannie for almost 45 years and they have two children (Robin and Kim), as well as three grandchildren (Lilyana, Tori, and Raymond).