Wright State’s Bower honored by GLATA

Becky Bower
Becky Bower

Becky Bower, the director of the Wright State athletic training program, brought home more than just some good memories and fun stories from the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association’s annual conference near Chicago earlier this month.

Bower also returned with the 2017 GLATA Outstanding Educator Award and a decorative desk clock commemorating the presentation.

“I was very honored,” said Bower, whose previous stops in the athletic training field have included Stebbins and Alter High Schools. “It’s very validating that you’re on the right track and doing what you need to be doing to educate students and help them go on to excel in this field. We have many graduates that have gone on to have successful athletic careers in all levels.”

Something else that came home with the Wright State contingent was a giant head shot of Bower’s that appeared on stage with her while she was accepting the award.

“It got hijacked by a couple of our graduate assistants who attended and then they proceeded to take pictures of themselves with Becky all over the conference and on the way home and at Wright State,” she laughed. “They had a tremendous amount of fun with the photo. It was pretty interesting getting photos of them with my photo all over the place.”

Bowers, who has degrees from the College of Wooster and Illinois State, has been working and teaching in the athletic training field since 1984, the last 19 years of which have been at Wright State.

Among the former students in the program Bower directs at WSU are baseball trainer Brad Muse and men’s soccer trainer Adam Horseman.

“We have a long history of turning out strong grads,” Bower said. “The program has been accredited since 2001.”

Bower currently is leading the transition of the program to the master’s level.

“It’s sort of like what (physical therapy) and (occupational therapy) did at one point,” she said. “It’s moving out of undergrad education into the graduate level. That’s our big push right now.”

The national mandate is for all programs to be moved to graduate level by 2022, but Bower has WSU on pace to make the move in the fall of 2018 “or at the latest the fall of 2019.”

Alstork honored: Junior guard Mark Alstork has been named second team All-District 12 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

A first team All-Horizon League selection, Alstork was third in the conference in scoring at 19.0 points per game, eighth in assists (3.5) and fourth in free-throw percentage (.850).

Wenzler wins award: Senior Ryan Wenzler is the HL Golfer of the Week after leading the Raiders at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate event. The Centerville grad finished third with a 7-under-par 209 for the 54-hole tournament.

Wenzler and the Raiders will be back in action April 3-4 when they host the Wright State Invitational.

Baseball: The Raiders (12-7 overall, 3-0 HL) began defense of their league title last weekend with a three-game sweep of Valparaiso, which left-hander Zane Collins capped with six shutout innings in a 7-0 victory that earned him the HL pitcher of the week award.

WSU will wrap a three-game series against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Softball: The Raiders (5-13) take some momentum into their HL-opening series against Detroit this weekend after sweeping a pair of games from rival Dayton on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ashley Sharp earned the win in both games, coming on in relief in the opener while starting the finale.