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Alumni Highlight - Larry Leverenz
Courtesy: Eddie Zurcher
Larry Leverenz, the director of the Athletic Training Education Program and assistant athletic trainer at Purdue University, received his master’s degree in physical education from Western Illinois in 1976.
Dr. Leverenz spent 12 years in Macomb, with seven of these serving at Western Illinois University as the director of the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) and the athletic trainer for the men’s soccer and baseball teams. The other five years he was a biology teacher and certified athletic trainer at Macomb High School.
Although Leverenz thoroughly enjoyed his time in Macomb, he moved to pursue his Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa. Upon completion of his degree, he accepted the position he currently holds today.
During his time at Western Illinois, Leverenz felt that the most significant things he learned were about administration and time management. He stated that he had not been exposed to a great deal of administration previously. The years he spent as the director of the ATEP and as a biology teacher provided him an edge as he developed these administrative skills.
Leverenz stated that he is currently in the position he had originally planned on at the start of graduate school.
“Take opportunities when they are put in front of you. It is normal to be nervous when making a move, but take advantage of knowing your direction and it creates opportunities to get to the position you want.”
Leverenz loves the position he is in, even though it is a challenge to manage his time. His occupation is a split appointment between the academic side and athletic training with Purdue athletics. He worked 13 years with the men’s basketball team during the period where the team won three Big Ten Championships and made it to two NCAA Elite Eight games. The team also played a number of games in various NBA arenas.
Despite his busy schedule, Leverenz is a member of multiple organizations including the National Athletic Trainers Association, and the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association, and serves as the president of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).