April 22, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Sam Lunt, a 21-year veteran member of the Athletic Training Staff at Florida State University, has been named the Professional Outreach Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida. Lunt works with the nationally ranked Seminole men’s basketball team and is the first recipient of the award given by the ATAF to the trainer who has done their best to advance the profession and the association. It is the first time during his career that he has won the award.
Lunt was honored for his commitment to community service and work on numerous local and national sporting events. He was a member of the training staff at the 1989 World University Games in Duisurg, Germany, the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival and the 1991 AAU Junior Olympics in Tallahassee among numerous large-scale events.
Lunt handles all of the medical needs for the men’s basketball team on a daily basis and supervises all of the rehabilitative efforts in case of injury. Lunt began working with the men’s basketball team in 1988 and is the longest tenured member of the basketball staff. The Seminoles have appeared in five NCAA Tournaments, two NIT Tournaments and won the 1991 Metro Conference Tournament championship with Lunt on the sideline.
Lunt is credited with helping keep Seminole All-America Tim Pickett on the court late in the year this past season as the Seminoles played in the postseason for the first time in six years. His tireless work on both of Pickett’s injured ankles during the last month of the season allowed Picket to help the Seminoles win 19 games and advance to the second round of the NIT.
Lunt came to Florida State in 1983 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Miami. While at Miami, he worked as a student trainer within the Hurricane Athletic Department and served as an assistant trainer with the Miami Dolphins during the summer of 1982. Lunt earned his master’s degree in sports psychology in 1985 while working with the Seminole football team. He has also worked with the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL and in the University Of Louisville Athletic Department.
Lunt is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He is married to the former Agnes Bundick. The couple has three children: Ryan (6) and three-year old twins, Sean and Erin.
Randy Oravetz, Florida State’s Director of Sports Medicine, was named the College and University Athletics Trainer of the award in 1993 while Bob Hammons, who works with the Seminole women’s basketball team, won the Backbone Award in 2001 and the Trainer of the Year Award from the ATAF in 2000.