KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island Associate Athletic Director for Health and Performance Andy Llaguno was inducted into the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame.
Llaguno - pictured with RIATA Hall of Fame President Valerie Webber and President-elect Jeff Nadeau - was inducted during a ceremony at the association's state meeting at Bridgewater State College on May 24.
Nominated by Webber, a fellow URI alumnus, Llaguno's candidacy was reviewed by members of the exectuvie board. Based on the criteria of years as a RIATA member; involvement in the profession on a state, district and national level; professional lectures/publications and more, Llaguno advanced to the final stage of the process, which required a majority vote by current HOF members in favor of the induction.
Promoted to his current position at URI in December, Llaguno has been part of the athletic training staff at the university for 20 years. He serves as the head athletic trainer for football and assists with other varsity teams. Llaguno is a certified Athletic Trainer by the NATA, Strength & Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, and a Performance Enhancement Specialist by NASM.
Llaguno joined the URI staff in 1998 as an assistant athletic trainer before being promoted to associate trainer in 2000 and senior associate athletic trainer one year later. In addition to his sport-specific duties, he also handles athletic insurance and sports medicine internships.
Llaguno also teaches an array of kinesiology courses at Rhode Island and has lectured at state, district and regional conferences. He is dedicated to the educational process of students and was instrumental in the development of the athletic training major at West Virginia.
Llaguno is a former president of the RIATA, has served as a conference committee member for Eastern Athletic Trainers Association and has given a myriad of presentations on all levels - national, district, state and community.
He has published five articles in the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) News Journal on varying topics of diversity and received the URI Multicultural Award in Diversity/Excellence in Leadership 2006. He also was presented with the Professional Development Scholarship Award from the RIATA/District One in 2007.
Llaguno was named NATA's Division I Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2008 and earned an EATA District Service Award in 2009. He also received a National Service Award by NATA in 2010, for his accomplishments in 15+ years in the profession of athletic training. Most recently, he received the 2016 Dan Campbell NATA Award for Government/Legislation efforts within RIATA.
Llaguno joins former longtime Rhode Island trainer Kim Bissonette as an RIATA Hall of Fame inductee. Also among the group's Hall of Famers are John Rock (Providence College), Frank George (Brown University), Paul Ullucci (Sacred Heart University), Dr. Jim Sullivan, Kathleen Laquale (Bridgewater State University), and George Finn (Barrington High School).