Distinguished Alumni Award
The Distinguished Alumni Award is granted to outstanding SHRS alumni who have distinguished themselves through their academic, professional and humanitarian accomplishments. Their commitment to professional excellence and dedication to serving their communities through scholarship, education and advocacy exemplify the core values of SHRS.
Larry Cooper (Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, BS '83)
BS – University of Pittsburgh, Education/Health and Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1983
Larry Cooper has always used his knowledge and experience to help others reach their full potential. He is a retired instructor of Health, Physical Education and Sports Medicine and athletic trainer for Penn Trafford High School, a position he held for 27 years. During his tenure at Penn-Trafford in Harrison City, Pennsylvania, he supported student athletes in winning 136 section titles, 15 PIAA titles, 14 WPIAL team titles and nine WPIAL individual titles.
Even after retirement, Cooper has remained extremely active in his field, serving as a member of the Athletic Training Advisory Board at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, the Training and Conditioning Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, the Korey Stringer Medical Advisory Board, the WPIAL Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and as a consultant for Clark Group Associates, Inc. He is also master assessor for the PIAA Weight Assessment Program for Pennsylvania. In this capacity he gives back to Pitt’s Athletic Training (AT) program by presenting a pro bono weight assessor training workshop to the senior athletic training students. This workshop allows students to become weight assessors after successful completion of their time in the AT program.
Previously, Cooper served as chair and District 2 representative for the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Secondary School Athletic Training Committee, a member of the National Federation of the State High School Association and held numerous positions with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society. He currently serves as the District Secretary for NATA District 2 which includes Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware.
Throughout his career, Cooper has been the recipient of many professional awards including the Korey Stringer Institute Lifesaving Service Award, NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and NATA Athletic Training Service Award. He also received the Most Valuable Athletic Trainer Award issued by Sports Health Corporation and Training and Conditioning Magazine and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society Hall of Fame in 2016. Most recently, Cooper was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association, (NATA) Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.