Delta native named to Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame

Owen Keller, Athletic Trainer – Retired, has recently been named to the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Hall of Fame. Owen’s induction into the OATA Hall of Fame took place at the OATA Symposium and Awards banquet in Sandusky on May 12. Candidates for this most prestigious award are nominated by their peers, making this a most revered honor.

Keller, originally from Delta, received his BSEd from Ohio University in 1976. He then furthered his education at Western Michigan University, graduating with his MA in Physical Education in 1984. He started his Athletic Training career at Ohio Northern University in 1984. Throughout his 30 years at ONU, he developed and expanded the Athletic Training department and he pioneered and implemented the AT educational program. He also worked at Lima Memorial Hospital from 2014-2016 after retiring from ONU.

Owen has been very active in the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association, having served in many positions such as: a member of Leg Com (’93-’09), Subchair of the Athletic Trainer of the Year Committee (’97-’01), and Treasurer (’09-’15.) In 1996 he was named the OATA Athletic Trainer of the Year. He also served the GLATA Development Committee in 2011.

He is a devoted educator and professional; his hard work and persistence aided in the development of the ONU Athletic Training Educational Program and Sports Medicine Departments. His commitment to ONU is clearly demonstrated in the success of the program, graduating over 100 professionals total with a 100% BOC passage rate in the last six years.