EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Crosby-Ironton High School graduate Jeff Oliphant is one of seven individuals who will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Bluegold Hall of Fame Oct. 22.
Oliphant came to UW-Eau Claire as head athletic trainer in August 1989.
In May 2002, the UW Board of Regents granted approval for UWEC to offer a bachelor of science degree in athletic training. In the fall of 2004, the athletic training program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
At the time of his death Aug. 12, at the age of 45, he was an assistant professor of kinesiology and director of the athletic training education program at UWEC. He had built the athletic training staff to four certified trainers from the one-person staff that existed when he arrived on campus.
Oliphant was the recipient of two major awards this year. In April, he became the youngest person inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame, the highest honor a WATA member can receive. In June, he received an Over and Above Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association's College/University Athletic Training Committee. The latter award recognizes outstanding service to the athletic training profession and NATA at the college and university Division III level.
In 1997, Oliphant received WATA's Athletic Training Distinguished Service Award. That award is given to a member of WATA in recognition of their service to WATA and/or outstanding contribution to athletic training. When Oliphant received the award, it had not been presented since 1993.
A native of Little Falls, Oliphant attended Crosby-Ironton High School, Brainerd Community College and the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he received his bachelor's degree in 1983. He received his master's degree from the University of Arizona in 1984 and his doctorate, posthumously, from the University of Iowa in August.
Before coming to UWEC, Oliphant spent five years as head athletic trainer and physical education instructor at Central Arizona College.
In the summer of 1989, he was a trainer at the U.S. Olympic Sports Festival in Oklahoma City. In the summer of 1986, he served as a trainer for a U.S. basketball team that traveled to China and Hong Kong. He was also a volunteer at the Badger State Games in Madison, working the wrestling venue from 1990-2002.
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