From Catawba College: Dr. Jim Hand, an associate professor & chair of Sport & Health Sciences at Catawba College, was honored with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers' Association's (NCATA) "Educator of the Year" award for 2015. The presentation was made at the organization's Spring Symposium and Awards Luncheon held March 20 and 21 at Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast in Concord.
The NCATA added the Educator of the Year Award as a new category in 2007 and has presented it annually since that time to a High School Athletic Trainer, College/University Athletic Trainer, or a doctor who devotes time to the education of athletic training students.
Hand joined the Catawba faculty in 2010. He earned his undergraduate degree in Recreation Management with a minor in Sports Medicine from Culver-Stockton College, his master's degree in Physical Education from Ohio University, and his Ed.D in Educational Leadership from California Lutheran University.