May 23, 2014


Widener head athletic trainer
A.J. Duffy 
Omaha, NE – Widener head athletic trainer A.J. Duffy again was honored for his countless achievements by being presented the Dan Libera Service Award.

The award recognizes individuals who have shown dedication to the mission of the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (BOC) and the long-standing contributions to the BOC’s programs are the award’s primary criteria.  Duffy will be presented the award June 27.

Duffy is finishing his 24th year as Widener’s head athletic trainer and 32nd year in collegiate athletics.  He primarily is responsible for the football and men’s lacrosse teams as well as overseeing the entire athletic training staff.  Duffy also teaches athletic training classes at Widener and Temple University.

He has been very active in the profession, serving various elected offices since 1993.  Among those areas include President of PATS and the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Duffy, Widener Athletics’ Staff Member of the Year in 2010 and 2013, also has given talks on both the regional and national level.

Duffy has been cited as the 2002 Interboro Education Association Volunteer of the Year, the 2002 NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, the 2003 EATA Cramer Award winner, the 2005 Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress Ted Quedenfeld Award recipient, the 2007 Donald Grover Award by the ECAC, the 2011 Division III Athletic Trainer of the Year and the 2013 Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society (PATS) Distinguished Merit Award.

Duffy, along with the Widener athletic training staff, helped create the “MAC ATtaCk on Hunger” in 2010.  The initiative, which involves all 18 schools from the Middle Atlantic Conference, was instituted to help collect food and money for each school’s local food banks.

Prior to arriving at Widener, Duffy was an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Michigan from 1984-90 and an assistant at Temple University from 1981-83.  He earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1980, his M.S. from the University of Arizona in 1981 and his Physical Therapy Certificate from Drexel University (Hahnemann) in 1984.

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