Las Cruces, NM — The Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (RMATA) awarded its 2014 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer designation to NM State’s Mike O’Larey. The Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award recognizes an RMATA member who has been active in the membership for a minimum of 15 years and who has made significant contributions to the profession. O’Larey joins a list of only 9 other athletic trainers (AT) that have received this prestigious award.
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” O’Larey said. “It means so much to me to have this recognition by my peers. I would like to share this award with all the athletic trainers and medical providers who I have had the pleasure of working with here at NMSU. I have been around so many fantastic role models and teachers in my career that I just try to apply what I have learned to improve the health care of our student-athletes. Many great people have worked hard to keep our student-athletes safe and help them reach their true potential both as athletes and persons. I am proud of the work we do here and proud to be an Aggie.”
O’Larey is the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Health Care at NM State. He has been employed at NM State for 25 years, 21 of which as the Head Athletic Trainer. At NMSU, O’Larey oversees all aspects of athletic training services for 17 National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I intercollegiate sporting teams.
O’Larey has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) since 1977 and licensed as an athletic trainer in New Mexico since 1990. He has served in several capacities for the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Association (NMATA) and was a professional member of the New Mexico Athletic Trainers Practice Board. A Tacoma, Wash., native, O’Larey received a bachelor’s from Washington State and a master’s from Northern Arizona University.
“It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Mike O’Larey. Mike’s passion, dedication and commitment to New Mexico State University, the Department of Athletics, Athletic Training and most importantly, the quality treatment of our student-athletes for the past 25 years is unparalleled,” Associate Athletic Director for Student Development and Academic Support James Hall said. “We are extremely proud of this recognition for Mike as it is well earned and deserved.”
O’Larey lives in Las Cruces with his wife Dee. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and cheering for the Seahawks.
The Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports members of the athletic training profession located in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Visit www.rmata.org  for more information.