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April 26, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

1982 graduate earns Athletic Trainer of the Year honor

Robert Blanc, a 1982 Slippery Rock University allied health graduate, has been named the NCAA Division I Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Blanc has been the head athletic trainer for the University of Pittsburgh football team for 26 years.

Blanc, a Pitt adjunct instructor of athletic training, also plays a lead role with Pitt's Performance Team, which focuses on the development and welfare of student athletes. He helps coordinate sports coverage, budget, inventory, drug testing and counseling.

After graduating from SRU, Blanc received his master's degree in athletic training from Ohio University. He is a certified paramedic and was involved in an emergency medical service for 17 years in nearby Bethel Park.

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association annually recognizes individuals for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in Divisions I, II and III.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.