Hall of Fame


Marty Baker

Marty Baker received his Bachelor of Science from SUNY @ Brockport (New York) and his Master of Science from Indiana State University. Upon completion of his Master’s Degree, Baker went to work as an assistant athletic trainer at Elon University and has been at the same institution since 1980. In 1986, he was elevated to Head Athletic Trainer and also held the post of Program Director from 1998-2007. His current position is that of Associate Athletic Trainer, still with Elon University.

Mr. Baker has been involved at the District level, serving as district’s representative to the History & Archives Committee and as the District’s secretary and treasurer from 2003-2009. He currently sits on the NATA BOD as the District III Director.

In addition to his contributions to the sports medicine community, Baker has served as both a den leader and assistant scout leader with the Cub and Boy Scouts of America, respectively.

Jim Strickland

Prior to his current position as an athletic trainer for the New Hanover County Schools, Jim Strickland received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wake Forest University and his Master of Science Degree from Indiana State University. In addition to his athletic training responsibilities, Mr. Strickland also serves as the Safety Training Instructor for the New Hanover County Schools.


Strickland has volunteered his time and expertise with many local organizations including the New Hanover/Pender Medical Society, Craven Community College, and Ogden Rescue Squad educating his peers about CPR, first aid, and athletic training. A regular attendee of the NCATA state meeting, Strickland served as the exhibits coordinator for several years.


Strickland served as the NC Shrine Bowl athletic trainer in 1997 and was recently awarded with the 2008 NCATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year.


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