DANBURY, Conn. - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss announced today that University of New Hampshire Director of Sports Medicine Jon Dana has been selected as the recipient of the Dr. Donald Grover Memorial Award. Dana will be recognized at the 2014 ECAC Honors Dinner on September 28th at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass.
The award, named after Dr. Donald Grover, is presented periodically to an athletic trainer of an ECAC member institution who has achieved outstanding success in his or her career, has made an unusual contribution in the interest of intercollegiate athletics and has rendered meritorious service to intercollegiate athletics.
"Many of the best athletic trainers in the East have earned the Donald Grover Award, and I am honored to now be included in this select group,” said Dana. “This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the entire UNH athletic training staff, and the tremendous support from the athletic department that makes this University a special place to work. I want to thank the ECAC for recognizing the athletic training profession through this award.”
In regards to this award, meritorious service is defined as leadership and unusual service over and above the normal duties expected of an athletic trainer, highlighted by active participation and leadership in affairs and/or committees of the their respective conferences, regional and national athletic training organizations. The recipient displays a cooperative and caring attitude in offering their own professional and personal expertise and assistance to conference programs, services and member institutions. He or she has improved the athletics program at his or her institution without sacrifice of standards and the relationship between the athletics department and the administration of his or her institution.
A native of Hempstead, N.Y., Dana has been a mainstay at the University of New Hampshire since 1984. Starting as an assistant athletic trainer, Dana was quickly elevated to oversee the entire department in 1989 and now currently sits as the Director of Sports Medicine. In addition to running the Athletic Training Department, Dana works specifically with the Wildcat football and ski teams. Beyond his commitment and professional service to UNH athletes, Dana has volunteered at many notable competitions over his career, both on the collegiate and the international level. Dana has served as the drug testing site coordinator and head athletic trainer at numerous NCAA championships events, including men’s and women’s hockey, and skiing.
Going above and beyond his position at New Hampshire, Dana has also made a name for himself on the international level. He has worked at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2007 Slalom World Cup and the 2004 Paralympics in Athens. He has also worked with the U.S Men’s Team Handball team at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic and with the U.S Track and Field Team at the 2002 Paralympics World Championships in Lille, France.
In the United States, Dana has worked several noteworthy competitions, including the U.S Olympic Track and Field trials in Sacramento, Calif. and also at the U.S Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Since 1980, Dana has worked the Boston Marathon and has captained the finish line medical area since 1996.
Dana is a 1979 graduate of Northeastern University and began his athletic training career at Brookline and South Newton High Schools in Massachusetts. Before starting at New Hampshire, Dana was the head athletic trainer at Fitchburg State from 1980-84.
About the ECAC
In the 75 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2014-15 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.