Michael "Doc" O'Shea Receives 2014 CATS Award

Michael "Doc" O'Shea

May 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS - The College Athletic Trainers Society is proud to announce Michael O’Shea, Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Houston, as the recipient of the 2014 Quality of Life Award.  This award is given to the College Athletic Trainer or the Collegiate Athletic Training Staff that has risen to the occasion or continually acts to improve the quality of life of fellow collegiate athletic trainers and others. 

The Brenham, Texas, native began his career in 1963 as a student assistant athletic trainer at Blinn College. He then moved to the University of Texas and later Kent State University. He received his bachelor's degree from UT in 1968 and his master's degree from Kent State in 1974. O'Shea served four years in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy as an athletic trainer.  He then became the head athletic trainer for United States AAU track and field teams that traveled to Russia in 1975 and Italy in 1977.  O’Shea later served as head athletic trainer at the University of Miami (Florida), the Balitmore Colts and then head football athletic trainer at the University of Louisville.   

“All of these institutions and their leadership have appreciated and come to respect his proficiency and efficiency on a consistent level.  With so many moving parts and variables in collegiate sports, managing an athletic department can be an overwhelming task.  Mike’s leadership and level of care for the athlete has allowed his administration the confident to know that this area of prior is under exceptional care,” says Kevin Bastin, former graduate assistant and current Director of Athletic Training Services, Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute. 

Mike O'Shea currently serves as the head athletic trainer at the University of Houston and has remained in this position since 1993. Widely regarded as one of the top collegiate athletic trainers in the country, O'Shea oversees the athletic training room operations for the football team and for all Houston student-athletes. He leads a staff of five full-time assistants, six graduate assistants and several athletic training students. 



“With an endless preparation for each day, Mike is a mentor to many and leads through his faith, commitment, work ethic and positive attitude,” says John Houston, Associate Athletic Trainer, who has been with O’Shea for 17 years.  “Mike shows his compassion in the way he tries to place himself in others’ shoes and shows a great deal of patience in dealing with others’ needs.  Placing his staff before himself, Mike will forgo a personal salary increase in order to promote someone on the staff.  Staff members feel respected and cared for in a profession that requires long hours of service,” Houston adds. “The manner in which Mike leads his life and leads others has impacted all of the employees that have served under him.  He has a unique way of maintaining an incredible balance between his family and his passion for work.”

O’Shea will be recognized by his peers on May 16, 2014, at the CATS Spring Symposium for Athletic Trainers and Team Physicians at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The College Athletic Trainers’ Society represents certified and licensed athletic trainers employed by colleges and universities across the country.  Members include athletic trainers who provide healthcare for NAIA, NCAA Divisions I, II, III and junior college student-athletes.     

The CATS Quality of Life award is given to the College Athletic Trainer or the Collegiate Athletic Training Staff that has risen to the occasion or continually acts to improve the quality of life of fellow collegiate athletic trainers and others. When nominating an individual or staff, examples can include working to improve the quality of life for others such as helping staff members relative to family, time-off, salary compensation; implement plans to reduce workload and increase personal time, improve work place environment or other examples which inspire individuals to improve the quality of life for themselves and/or others.  This award is sponsored by CATS Founding Sponsor, PRO Orthopedics.  For more information visit, www.collegeathletictrainer.org.

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