Induction Year: 2013
When people look at various sports' halls of fame, typically it is athletes and coaches with the occasional administrator sprinkled in that make up its membership. There are, however, people on the periphery, who toil in relative anonymity. They don't often get credit for the job they do, but their ability to do their job and do it well is no less important to the success of the team.
Such is the life of an athletic trainer, and for UW-Superior's purposes, such is the life of David Kroll.
From treating athletes at all hours to sitting through countless practices to attending home and road games, there likely was nobody who put in more hours and expended more energy in the name of Yellowjacket athletics than Mr. Kroll. From his arrival in 1989 until he left his athletic training post in 2012, Mr. Kroll devoted himself to his craft, working with Yellowjacket athletes to keep them healthy or helping them return to competition if they were injured.
In addition to his work as an athletic trainer, Mr. Kroll has also served as a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance at UW-Superior, a position he currently holds full-time. Mr. Kroll has given his time to the campus by serving on both the Academic Staff Senate and Faculty Senate. And during a recent sabbatical, Mr. Kroll spent a semester delving into the history of the athletic department at UW-Superior.
Mr. Kroll has also been chosen to participate in numerous camps and clinics as an athletic trainer, including doing some work at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A native of Milwaukee and a graduate of Carthage College, Mr. Kroll spent time in the athletic training departments at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. and at East Carolina University, a Division I school in Greenville, N.C.