March 22, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell associate athletic director for sports medicine Mark Keppler was recently named Trainer of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation. The veteran athletic trainer was presented his award in front of more than 800 people at the organization's annual awards banquet Sunday in State College.
Now in his 27th year as Bucknell's head athletic trainer, Keppler oversees the athletic training and sports medicine program. He coordinates the work of seven professional staff members, a graduate assistant and a dedicated group of student assistants.
The head trainer at Carnegie Mellon University for 11 years before coming to Bucknell, Keppler is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and Pennsylvania Athletic Training Society (PATS) and is both state- and nationally-certified.
From 1982-84 he served as president of PATS, and from 1984-97 he served with the Athletic Training Advisory Commission to the State Board of Physical Therapy. He is currently the Convention Chair for PATS and was inducted into that organization's Hall of Fame in June 2006.
Keppler is a 1973 graduate of Florida State University and holds a master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
After working with the football program for his first three years at Bucknell, Keppler moved to the fieldhouse training room to coordinate the athletic training office for the entire athletic department. In the fall of 1999, he once again took over as the primary football trainer, in addition to running the athletic training office. Keppler also serves as the primary athletic trainer for spring football and supervises off-season rehabilitation programs for any injured Bison football players. This winter he has performed duties as the trainer for the Bison men's basketball program.
Keppler is an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) for Quinnipiac University, Shenandoah University and Bloomsburg University.
Keppler and his wife, Wanda, reside in Lewisburg and are the parents of adult daughters Sarah and Reta.
Also recognized from Bucknell at Sunday's dinner was senior defensive end Samuel Oyekoya, who was one of 10 College Award Winners honored as scholar-athletes.