April 17, 2007
Orlando, Fla. –
Randy Oravetz, ATC, LAT, has been named to the Hall of Fame, Class of 2007 for the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF).
One of the most important aspects of a top athletic program is the athletic
training staff and Florida State’s sports medicine operation is headed by one of
the best in the country in Randy Oravetz.
Well respected nationally, Oravetz was honored by the National Association of Athletic Trainers in 1988 when he was awarded the National Service Award and again in 2000 when he received the Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.
Oravetz completed his 21st season as the Director of Sports Medicine
at FSU in 2006 and does so in fine fashion as the program now enjoys a
state-of-the-art sports medicine facility. Oravetz was instrumental in the design of the new Don Fauls Athletic Training Room, named in honor of the legendary FSU athletic trainer. The facility is superbly equipped with the latest technology that the field of sports medicine has to offer.
Oravetz supervises a staff of nine assistant athletic trainers, five graduate-assistant athletic trainers and forty-two student athletic trainers. He also oversees the medical care of over 500 athletes in 19 varsity sports. He is the primary liaison between the Florida State team doctors and the coaching staff and is directly responsible for the everyday care and treatment of the FSU football team.
In addition, Oravetz and his staff have assisted many Seminole athletes in overcoming major injuries. Five FSU football players have earned the Piccolo Award which is given annually by the Atlantic Coast Conference to the “Most Courageous Player” in the league. Honorees, Dan Footman (1992), Sam Cowart
(1997), Corey Simon (1998), Chris Weinke (1999) and Anquan Boldin (2002)
all battled back to not only excel at the collegiate level but also at in the professional ranks with the National Football League. The award is a tribute to not only the hard work and character of the winners, but also the professionalism and dedication of the athletic trainers and medical staff who assist the players throughout their rehabilitation.
Prior to being elevated to the position of Head Athletic Trainer in 1986, Oravetz served as the number one assistant athletic trainer at FSU for seven years. He began his Florida State career as a student athletic trainer for four years under Don “Doc” Fauls. Upon graduation in 1979, Randy was elevated to a full-time assistant athletic trainer. During his tenure, Oravetz served as the head athletic trainer for the FSU baseball team as well as assisting with the basketball, track and flield, swimming and tennis teams.
During the summer, Oravetz, takes time to give back to the high schools by offering an annual student athletic training camp. In his camp he teaches High- School student athletic trainers the fundamentals of athletic training in addition to giving them an opportunity for hands-on practical applications of the techniques that they learn. The camp has grown steadily through the years and is true testament to Randy’s commitment to the field of athletic training.
Randy and his wife, Linda, have two sons – Jonathan and Thomas. Both sons are Florida State Seminoles and Thomas is a current member of the Florida State Baseball team.