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Program Director, CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Education Program
Dr.. James Rankin is the Program Director for The University of Toledo's CAATE-accredited undergraduate athletic training education program. He has been at UT since 1984 and a Certified Athletic Trainer since 1975. He obtained his Bachelor's degree from The University of Michigan in 1972, his Master's degree from Western Michigan University in 1974 and his Doctorate from Michigan State University in exercise science with a minor in anatomy in 1983. Dr. Rankin has seen the athletic training education program at UT grow from 7 athletic training students in the Fall quarter 1984 when he and former head athletic trainer Dave Huffstetler arrived to today's competitively admitted athletic training student group of 55 students. The first six years he was at UT, Dr. Rankin was also the athletic trainer for men's basketball. Dr. Rankin is a licensed athletic trainer in Ohio. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Midwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Rankin is co-author (with Dr. Christopher Ingersoll (Ph.D. from UT, 1989)) of Athletic Training Management, now in a 3rd edition from McGraw-Hill. He has presented many times locally, regionally, and nationally. Since Dr. Rankin became full-time in the academic side of the UT Athletic Training Education Program, he has worked on the teaching side of the assignment of Doctoral level graduate students who desire to become athletic training faculty. There have been nineteen Doctorate's completed (Christopher Ingersoll (Dean, Central Michigan University), Brian Toy (University of Southern Maine), Cynthia McKnight (Azuza Pacific University), Mitchell Cordova (Dean, Florida Gulf Coast University), Mark Merrick (Ohio State University), Michael Heifferon (private practive), Susan Norkus (Quinnipiac University), Erik Swartz (University of New Hampshire), Thomas Cappaert (University of Indianapolis), Robert Sterner (Rowan University), Tina Claiborne (Adrian College), Wendy Batchelor Walkosky (private practice in Calgary, Alberta), Alison Snyder Valier (A.T. Still University), Heather Gulgin (Grand Valley State University), Mark Timmons (Virginia Commonwealth University), W. Steven Tucker (University of Central Arkansas), Kathryn Webster (Boston University), Naoko Aminaka (University of Toledo) and Junji Shinohara (Japan). Eight Doctoral students are currently in their graduate work.
Dr. Rankin is married to Barb. They have two daughters, Joey Stringham - who completed a Masters degree in recreation at UT in 2001 and is now living in Colorado with her husband Lucas and children Alice (3) and Richie (Richard James - 1), and Mary Skulas - who graduated in May 2004 with a major in Art History and lives in Toledo with her husband Mark. Dr. Rankin enjoys his family (including DD the dog - originally Daisy Dog - but now aka dumb dog, delightful dog, devil dog but you get the idea), travel in the USA and Canada, photography, reading, theater, movies, Mexican food, and tennis, in no particular order.