The North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association (NCATA) inducted Meredith Petschauer of the University of North Carolina into its prestigious Hall of Fame at the annual Clinical Symposium and Business Meeting in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, on March 5, 2022.

The NCATA Hall of Fame is the highest honor an athletic trainer can receive. Recipients exemplify the mission of the NCATA through significant contributions that improve the quality of health care provided by athletic trainers and advance the profession. Since inducting its first class in 2000, only 27 other athletic trainers have been inducted into the NCATA Hall of Fame.

James Rehbock, formerly of NC State, was also inducted.

Meredith Petschauer has spent her entire career at the University of North Carolina, where she is currently a teaching professor, director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, and director of the research and honors program of first cycle. Petschauer is also the head athletic coach for the UNC women’s volleyball team.

Petschauer’s leadership was instrumental in the development of athletic training and exercise and sports science students at UNC. She has been repeatedly recognized for her teaching excellence, including Scholar Athlete Impactful Faculty Member (2017), Johnson Teaching Excellence Award (2014), Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999, 2014,
2018) and NCATA Educator of the Year in (2013).

Professionally, Petschauer has been very active at national, regional and state levels. She has served on the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Professional Training Committee, Site Visitor for the Athletic Training Education Accreditation Commission, Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium, and Committee on business meeting planning, NCATA Professional Development Chair and recently elected as the new NCATA Vice President-Elect.

Petschauer is a respected author involved in numerous publications and abstracts for the improvement of athletic training education. She dedicated her life and service to the students she taught and the athletes she served at UNC. She continues to have an immeasurable impact on the growth and development of the athletic coaching profession through her leadership and service.

Additionally, Petschauer was a very active faculty member at UNC. She has served on numerous committees throughout the college of arts and sciences as well as in her department. Service to the athletic coaching profession, the university and his community are important parts of his life.

Petschauer graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Medicine/Pre-Physical Therapy in 1993. She received her Master of Arts in Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science, specializing in Athletic Coaching (1996) and his Doctor of Philosophy in Exercise and Sport Science with a specialization in Biomechanics (2006).