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William E. "Pinky" Newell
November 2015

A Brief Snapshot...

  • Attended Purdue University on a football scholarship and earned a Bachelor’s in Physical Education

  • After serving in the Marines, Pinky attended PT school at Stanford

  • Became the head athletic trainer at Purdue from 1949-76, and taught athletic training


  • Pinky also was an athletic trainer for the College All-Star Game and the US Olympic teams

His Contribution to our Profession

  • Pinky served as the Executive Secretary of NATA for over a decade

  • He is credited for the transformation of athletic training from an occupation to an allied health profession

  • He is acknowledged as one of the founders of NATA

  • “Father of Modern Athletic Training”

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