FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas director of athletic training Dean Weber has been awarded the Tim Kerin Award for Excellence in Athletic Training by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Weber is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious award named in honor of the longtime head athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee. The award is presented annually to an athletic trainer that best exemplifies the high standards of ethics, integrity and caring for his athletes and peers that Kerin was known for before his untimely passing in 1992.
“We are extremely proud of Dean and his contributions to the University of Arkansas and the field of athletic training,” Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said. “He has been instrumental in the success of the Razorback program and has made a difference in the lives of many student-athletes. We are fortunate to have Dean as a member of our Razorback family.”
Weber has served the UA men’s athletic department for 33 years and boasts a tenure second-only to Broyles among current department employees. A member of both the UA Sports Hall of Honor, the Arkansas Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame and the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, he serves as the head trainer for the Razorback football team. In addition, he oversees the operations in the training room, administration, coordination of the travel schedule and details associated with Arkansas’ football team and for organizing the 140-plus team travel party’s travel and nutritional needs while away from campus.
Earlier this month, Weber was honored by members of the 1979 Razorback football senior class with the establishment of an endowed scholarship for the athletic training program in the UA College of Education and Health Professions. To date, more than $30,000 has been raised for the Dean Weber Scholarship.