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Guest Name
Bill Hughes
Guest Occupation
Certified Athletic Trainer & popular Illinois Santa
Guest Biography

Professional Experiences

2015-2018 Lewis University, Adjunct Faculty, Clinical Site Visitor for Athletic Training Interns

2015-2019 Oak Brook Hills Resort-Willow Crest Golf Course, Grounds keeper

2012-2014 Orchard Valley Golf Course, Starter, Ranger and grounds crew worker.

2013-2015 Founding Chair of  IATA-AT’s Care-CISM Committee, (Critical Incident Stress Management)

2013-Present Committee member of AT’s Care Illinois response team

2013-Present Member of NCHS Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee

1992-Present  Professional Santa Claus, Member of International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas, Bachelors Degree in Santa Clausology from the International University of Santas

2012-2014 Orthopedic Associates of DuPage, Outreach Athletic Trainer

2011-2014 District 4 Representative of NATA Hall of Fame Selection Committee

1985-2012Naperville Central High School, Naperville, Illinois

Physical Education Teacher/Head Athletic Trainer

1983-1985University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Coordinator of Athletic Training Outreach program for 14 suburban high school athletic programs

1982-1983St. Louis Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic

Staff Athletic Trainer, Outreach services provided to 9 St. Louis area high schools

1979-1982Greater Flint Sports Medicine Center, Flint, Michigan

Head Athletic Trainer, Clinical Coordinator

1974-1979Flushing High School, Flushing, Michigan

Biology Teacher/Head Athletic Trainer


  • Fifty-six post  Masters graduate hours accumulated at several institutions

·Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Masters of Arts, Administration of Recreation and Parks, 1984

  • Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Bachelor of Science in Education,

Major; Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Minors; Biological Science, Social Science and Athletic Training, 1974

Professional Offices Held

2013-2015  Founding Chair of IATA-AT’s Care-CISM Committee (Critical Incidence Stress Management)

2013-Present IATA-CISM/AT’s Care Team member

2012-Present  Naperville Central Hall of Fame Selection Committee

2011-2014  NATA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, District 4 Representative

2006-2016  IATA Annual Golf Outing Committee

2007-2008-2017 Archives Committee, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association

1996-2000 President-elect/President/Past President, Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Assoc.

1989-1994President-elect/President/Past President, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association

1986-1989Special Events Coordinator, Illinois Athletic Trainers Assoc.                                                               


National Athletic Trainers Association, Certified 1974 Cert. # 04-0252

Illinois Athletic Trainers Association, Licensed by Illinois Department of Professional Regulations, 1984 License # 096000076

Illinois Secondary school teaching certificate

Michigan Secondary school teaching certificate

American Red Cross, CPR / First Aid& AED instructor

American Heart Association, AED/CPR Responder Instructor& Health Care Provider

Cooper Aerobic Institute, Certified Personal Trainer                                                                                                          

Presentations and Publications

  • “Making an Athletic Trainer a Member of Your Team” presented to the Illinois Athletic Directors Association
  • “How the Institution of Marriage can Survive the Profession of Athletic Training” presented to the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association & the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • “Licensure vs. Registration” published in the Illinois Journal of Athletic Training
  • “Emergency Extrication from the Water” presented at the Prairie State Games Seminar
  • “Management of Shin Pain and Dysfunction” presented at the University of Chicago Sports Medicine Symposium
  • “Acromio-clavicular Arch Impingement Syndrome” presented to Michigan Swimming Coaches Association annual meeting
  • “TMJ Dysfunction related to Quadriceps Strength” published in the Journal of the American Dental Association
  • “Sacro-iliac Dysfunction Management” published in the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association
  • CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) Illinois’ response Team, Lewis University 2014-2018
  • CISM Are You Prepared?  Illinois Athletic Trainers State Meeting 2015