Rochester named to trainers’ hall

MARQUETTE – The director of athletic training education at Northern Michigan University will be inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Hall of Fame today in Ypsilanti.

Julie Rochester, Ed.D., AT, ATC, is a tenured associate professor in athletic training in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department at NMU. She has served as director of athletic training education at Northern since 1998, three years after receiving her master’s degree in exercise science from the school. In 2009, she added a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Rochester was appointed the university’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and chairwoman of the NMU Athletic Council in 2007. She is also the District 4 director for the National Athletic Trainers Association.

Overseeing athletic training services for the university’s athletic department, she founded and advises the NMU Student Athletic Trainer Organization.

Her other athletic training-related awards include MATS naming her with its Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2005. The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association bestowed her with its Golden Pinnacle Award in 2011; Dedicated Service Award in 2007; Paving the Way, GLATA Celebrates 40 years of Women in Athletic Training Award in 2006; and Captain of the Great Lakes Award in 2004.