Brigham Young University 1998
Dr. Earlene Durrant spent the first decade of her career as a secondary school teacher, including three years as a coach, advisor, and teacher at the BYU High School Lab in Provo, Utah. From 1967 to 1972, she headed the women’s Physical Education Department at the BYU-Hawaii campus. Then, in 1973, she became the first female athletic trainer at BYU, serving as the head women’s trainer until 1990. A pioneer in her profession, during this time she simultaneously directed the athletic training program and developed the program’s undergraduate curriculum. She is currently chair of the Department of Physical Education, a position she has served in since 1994, and is president of the BYU Faculty Women’s Association.
Among her many groundbreaking accomplishments are that of being the first to hold a NATA certification in the state of Utah and being the first woman elected president of the Utah Athletic Trainers Association, a position she held from 1989 to 1992. She was also the first female committee chairperson of NATA, serving for 10 years as chair of the Memorial Resolutions Committee.
Durrant joined one of her mentors, Rod Kimball, as the second athletic trainer inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame. The 1999 recipient of the NATA Outstanding Service award, she was also inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame and into the RMATA Hall of Fame in 1998. Additionally, she has served in many leadership capacities in the seven professional organizations to which she belongs.
Dr. Durrant has delivered numerous symposiums, lectures, and papers throughout the nation. She has written several manuscripts and abstracts and has published a book, Weight Training for the Female Athlete.
Durrant earned her doctor in 1975, the culmination of three degrees from BYU. She has pursued postdoctoral study at the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, the Cleveland Sports Medicine Institute, and the Sports Medicine Instituted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Born in Coalville, Utah, Dr. Durrant was raised in Cheyenne and Green River, Wyoming; Omaha, Nebraska; Pocatello, Idaho; and Ogden, Utah, while her father worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. Her hobbies include golf, skiing, reading, and genealogy.