Bob Gray ‘75
Major: Physical Education
Job Title: Athletic Training Coordinator
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Job Title: Coordinator of Athletic Training Community Affairs
Employer: Cleveland Clinic Sports Health
I’m in charge of staffing all athletic events the Cleveland Clinic sponsors with medical personnel. This summer, I will be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame in Baltimore, Maryland.
MY EXCEPTIONAL STORY
A Passion for Sports
I chose Mount Union because I wanted to play golf – I was a golfer in high school. My dad and I traveled to a lot of smaller schools between western Pennsylvania and Ohio. But at Mount Union, I had a great meeting with Coach Ken Wable and the Office of Admissions. Then we went to the Alliance Country Club and I was sold after that. On the way home, I told my dad I was going to Mount Union. I ended up playing golf all four years at Mount.
Mount Union Difference
Meeting with the people in admissions and professors and the size of the school set Mount Union apart for me. My high school graduating class in Pittsburgh was over 700 kids. At a school the size of Mount Union, you’re not just a number. You have a name and people know who you are. My education was great, and my experiences on the athletic field prepped me so well for everything later in life.
Dr. George Thomas was a philosophy professor who I really enjoyed. He was challenging and made us really think. Coach Ken Wable is my all-time favorite person at Mount Union. He’s like another father to me, and I think the world of that man. I always try to go visit him when I come to campus.
Mount Union helped me become a well-rounded person. Besides the classes I took in my major, Dr. Thomas and his philosophy courses helped me understand people and how to communicate with people at all different educational levels and backgrounds. Some people have college degrees and some do not, and I feel like I can communicate and break down barriers so that people can trust me. Probably the most important thing as an athletic trainer is parents and athletes having trust in you.
After Mount Union
Right after Mount Union, I got my Masters degree in physical education with a specialization in athletic training from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. My first job was at Oberlin College as the head athletic trainer and lecturer of physical education.
I want to try to help people as much as I can, and I want to create a safer environment for athletes and people participating in athletics.
At a school the size of Mount Union, you’re not just a number. You have a name and people know who you are. My education was great, and my experiences on the athletic field prepped me so well for everything later in life.
- What’s your favorite book?
- "The League of Denial"
- Where is your favorite travel destination?
- My most recent trips have been to Zurich, Switzerland in 2013 and in Barcelona, Spain in April. In October, I’m hoping to go to Berlin, Germany.
- If you could have lunch with anyone, who would you choose and why?
- Aaron Rogers, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. He looks like a class act and somebody you would want your son to emulate. I hope to get to meet him in Canton at this year’s Enshrinement Festival.
- What is your favorite quote or motto?
- Live every day to the fullest because you never know what’s going to happen.
- If you could try out any job for a day, what would it be and why?
- I love what I’m doing now.
- Who is your favorite musician?
- I love country music. Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Dierks Bentley are a few of my favorites.
- You’re meeting a friend for coffee. What do you order?
- Black coffee.
- What’s your all-time favorite movie?
- Animal House and Caddyshack.