The director of the Athletic Training program at UCM has been named the 'Outstanding Athletic Trainer of the Year' by the Missouri Athletic Trainers' Association.

Brian Hughes will receive the award at the MoATA annual meeting and symposium June 2 - 3 at William Woods University in Fulton, MO.


According to a press release from UCM, while attending the 2017 MoATA conference, Hughes and UCM athletic training instructor Molly Jennings will present an overview of the cardiac screening program for student athletes, developed in conjunction with team physicians Dr. David Glover and Dr. Drew Glover and Steve Burns, associate professor, and Matt Garver, assistant professor, of exercise science.

Prior to joining the UCM faculty in 2001, Hughes worked as a certified graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Cowboy wrestling team while studying at Oklahoma State. While at UCM, he has been active in developing curriculum and maintaining standards leading to accreditation of the UCM program in 2006 by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs, according to the release.

He currently teaches courses in athletic training, orthopedic assessment, and professional development, and he serves as program advisor for UCM students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training.
Hughes has been active in the MoATA as a host of the state meetings, as well as serving as a meeting coordinator and education committee member with the Mid-American Athletic Training Association. He is also active with the National Athletic Training Association, serving as chair of the Professional Development Committee and NATA Educators’ Conference committee.

Hughes is a past president of the Warrensburg Rotary Club, as well.