RIATA Hall of Fame Members

John Rock                                     Kathleen Laquale (Read Bio)             

Jim Sullivan                                 Paul Ullucci (Read Bio)

Frank George (Read Bio)                George Finn                         

Andrew Llaguno (Read Bio)         Kim Bissonnette                    

Russ Fiore                                     Joyce Freeman  (Read Bio)         

 

Paul Ullucci

​Paul is a faculty member of Sacred Heart University as an assistant professor in the department of Physical Therapy. Paul comes to SHU having worked for two years as an assistant professor and Director of their Musculoskeletal Care Clinic at California State University, Fresno. As director of the Musculoskeletal Care Clinic he was instrumental in developing an interdisciplinary Sports Medicine Clinic in which athletic training and physical therapy students worked side by side to evaluate and treat emergent sports injuries in non-varsity athletes on campus. Previously, Paul owned his one private practice in Rhode Island providing physical therapy, athletic training and massage therapy services in East Providence, RI. Paul and his staff have worked directly with the numerous professional athletes including the Providence Bruins hockey club, Providence Anchors ABA team as well as the student athletes of Brown University, Providence College and a number of local high schools, club sports teams and youth organizations. Paul was inducted into the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2015 as years of dedicated service to the profession of athletic training in the state of Rhode Island and nationally.

 

Kathleen Laquale

Dr. Kathleen Laquale is a Professor in the Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion Leisure Studies. She served as the Program Director for the ATP from the fall, 1998 to the spring, 2006 and specializes in teaching assessment of sports related injuries, administration in athletic training, and sports nutrition for the physically active. Prior to coming to BSU, she served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Rhode Island College (1984-1997) and Head Women's Athletic Trainer at Providence College (1977-1984). She was an adjunct professor at Rhode Island College for the physical education department (1984-1997) and at the University of Rhode Island for the Department of Food Science and Nutrition (1993-1996). Dr. Laquale is a well-published author in sports nutrition, dietary practices of collegiate wrestlers, ergogenic aids and nutritional supplements, medical issues of the female athlete, flexibility and stretching strategies. She has provided various lectures at numerous district, national and international workshops, conferences and symposia. She is the Column Editor on Nutrition for Athletic Therapy Today. Dr. Laquale is a member of the NATA Hall of Fame (2005) and past District One Director to the NATA Executive Board of Directors (1998-2004).

 

 

Frank George

Frank George graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1962 and in 1963 he received his certificate of physical therapy from Boston University. He worked as a staff physical therapist at Fitzsimmons General Hospital from 1964-1966. In 1966 George became the Head Athletic Trainer at Brown University where he remained until his retirement in .

 

Frank George served as an athletic trainer for the US Olympic team at Innsbruck, Austria in 1976 and also lectured in Japan as a guest of the country. In 1980 he was the supervisor of athletic training for the winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.

 

Frank George was instrumental in winning a five year struggle to bring licensure to athletic trainers in Rhode Island. He won the EATA Cramer Award in 1982 and he presented the Pinky Newell Address at the 1993 EATA Annual Meeting.

 

The most notable of George’s numerous positions in the NATA was a four-year term as president from 1974-1978. The preceding two years had been spent as vice president of the NATA.

 

Frank George was also given the NATA Distinguished service award in 1988 in recognition of his outstanding work during his five-year term as chairperson of the Grants and Scholarship committee. In 1991 he was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame.

 

Andrew Llaguno

​Llaguno serves as the head athletic trainer for football and assists with all other varsity teams.  Llaguno is a certified Athletic Trainer by the NATA, Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, and a Performance Enhancement Specialist by NASM.

Llaguno joined the URI in 1998 as an assistant trainer before being promoted to Associate Trainer in 2000 and Senior Associate Athletic Trainer one year later. 

Llaguno also teaches an array of kinesiology courses at Rhode Island and has lectured at state, district, and regional conferences.   He is dedicated to the educational process of students and was instrumental in the development of the athletic training major at West Virginia.

Llaguno is a Past President to the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association and has served as a conference committee member of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association and has given a myriad of presentations on all levels- national, district, state, and community.  

Llaguno has published five articles in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) News Journal on varying topics of diversity and received the URI Multicultural Award in Diversity/Excellence in Leadership 2006.  He also was presented the Professional Development Scholarship Award from the RIATA/District One 2007. 

Llaguno was named Athletic Trainer of the Year/Division One from NATA's College/University Athletic Training Committee 2008 and received a District Service Award by the EATA 2009.   He also received a National Service Award by the NATA 2010 for all the accomplishments in over 15+ years in the profession of athletic training. Llaguno received the 2016 Dan Campbell NATA Award for Government/Legislation efforts within the RIATA and most recently, 2018 Excellence in Leadership by the National Athletic Trainers Association.  

An Active member of the community, Llaguno also worked with the Rhode Island Intercollegiate Sports Medicine Advisory Committee as well as a volunteer for the R.I. Autism Walk, U.S. Scholar Games, World Scholar Games, and Special Olympics.

Prior to his arrival at URI, Llaguno spent the 1997-98 season as an Assistant Football Athletic Trainer at Penn State and worked with the football programs at West Virginia University (1995-97) and Boston College (1994-95).

After earning his B.S. in Physical Education & Exercise Science from URI in 1992, Llaguno earned his Master’s in Education from Old Dominion University in 1994.  His first year at ODU, he worked with the baseball, men's basketball, field hockey, and men's soccer programs.  During his second year in graduate school he served as a head athletic trainer at Booker T. Washington High School. 

A native of Fair Lawn, N.J., Llaguno resides in Charlestown, RI with his wife, Jenni, and their two sons - Andres and Mateo.  

 

 

Joyce Champlin Freeman

Joyce has been the Head Athletic Trainer at Moses Brown since 1990. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training,Health Education/Physical Education and adaptive PE from Rhode Island College. Master Degree at Springfield College in Health Science/ Sports Medicine. Certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) since 1990, the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association (EATA) and was one of the founding members of the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association (RIATA) and certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Joyce has volunteered on the RIIL Sports Medicine Advisor committee, USA Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Team in Lake Placid, 2004. Volunteered for the RIIL as Athletic Trainer Scheduler to have sporting events, championships  and hockey games be covered throughout the RI. Volunteered with the injury fund. Joyce was affiliated with the ‘RI Concussion Bill’, which  protects athletes that sustain brain injuries. She has volunteered to give presentations on concussions and injury prevention at the preseason coaches meetings in RI. She has mentored many college student AT’s and high school students interested in the field of athletic training at Moses Brown School. Organized ‘Concussion Discussion’ symposium for the State of RI and Mass. Volunteered helping the food bank during events put on throughout the years and volunteered for Project Goal. She was named President of the RI Athletic Trainers Association from 2009-2012. Athletic Trainer of the year award in 2006. As Athletic Trainer, Joyce developed the Moses Brown Concussion Protocol for Moses Brown School  and student-athletes. Awarded the Safe School Sports Award 2019 for Moses Brown School. Developed the high school student athletic trainer program at Moses Brown. In addition, Joyce is a certified American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor, Human Performance Institute Certified Mental Toughness Coach, Pain-Free Performance Specialist (PPSC) and Graston Technician. She operates as the owner of a personal business, FIT2Excel, specializing in Graston Therapy, Injury Prevention, Prehabilitation and sports massage. 

 

Joyce has competed in Ironman 4x’s , and other half-ironman events/ marathons including Boston Marathon,philadelphia and Rhode Island. Enjoys hiking and being outdoors. Most of all I enjoy being with family and friends. 

 
 
 
 
 

The Rhode Island Athletic Trainers’ Association is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers who support the athletic training profession in the state of Rhode Island.  We are a member organization of the National Athletic Trainer's Association, District One.

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