Kathryn A. Koshansky, MS, ATC
Kathy Koshansky, has been with the University since 1983. For 28 years she had served as Head Athletic Trainer then Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine while also the Athletic Training Program Director. Effective July 2011, her position changed to Chair of the Athletic Training Program through the School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM). She is a graduate of Cortland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training and received her master’s degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) accredited Athletic Training Program offered through SHTM in the Stony Brook University Health Science Center was developed by Koshansky. The program recently received a 10-year re-accreditation through 2021. She is a tenured Associate Professor and received the prestigious President's and Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching in 1989.
Koshansky, who has been a BOC-certified athletic trainer since 1983, became a New York State certified athletic trainer in 1999 and has served as treasurer and president of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA) and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA).
From 1983-2004, Koshansky served as Head Athletic Trainer at Stony Brook University. In 2004 she was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine. Through the Department of Athletics, Koshansky was responsible for the overall operation of the Sports Medicine Department, which provides health care for every student-athlete participating at the intercollegiate level. The growth of the athletic program from Division III to Division I resulted in an increase in staff size (from .5 to 6 assistant athletic trainers) as well as numerous other administrative responsibilities such as scheduling, budgeting, staff supervison, drug testing, etc. Initially Koshansky provided coverage for all sports, but as the programs grew her primary responsiblilites focused on football, men's lacrosse, and mens/womens cross country/track and field. Koshansky was the certified athletic trainer for the 2005 Northeast Conference Football champions, 2002 & 2010 America East Men's Lacrosse champions and the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 America East Women's Cross Country champions
For her contributions to the profession of athletic training, Koshansky has received several distinguished honors. In January 2011, Koshansky was inducted into the NYSATA Hall of Fame Class of 2011 for her commitment to the athletic training profession, to her athletic training students, and to the practicing athletic trainers in New York State. In March 2008, Koshansky received the highest recognition by the Town of Brookhaven Office of Women’s Services for excellence in professional endeavors. This award acknowledges women who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Brookhaven based on a variety of accomplishments, ranging from education, to medicine and community service. Koshansky was awarded the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award in June 2006. In January of 2005, Koshansky was awarded the Thomas J. Sheehan Award by the NYSATA. The award, which is the highest given out by the NYSATA, is presented to the athletic trainer whose character, commitment and achievements in the athletic training profession clearly exemplify the traits of Thomas J. Sheehan Sr., the long-time Head Athletic Trainer at RPI and one of the founding fathers of the athletic training profession and NYSATA.
Koshansky served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Empire State Games from November 2004-2010. The largest competition of its kind in the nation, the Games is a multi-sport event for amateur athletes patterned after the Olympic program. She directs the medical coverage for each venue during the 5 day event – a staff of over 100 volunteers comprised of certified athletic trainers and athletic training students, in addition to physicians.
In June 2000, Koshansky was selected to volunteer as an athletic trainer for the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY. On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Medicine Division and Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, Koshansky was also selected as a member of the USA Medical Staff for the 2003 Pan American Games held Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Koshansky was co-chairperson for the “Seawolves Inaugural Sports Medicine Symposium” in 1998 and the “Empire State Games/New York State Athletic Trainers Association Medical Symposium” in the summer of 1999.
Koshansky enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as photography and gardening.