Harry Callihan - Athletics Trainer
Athletic Trainer (1965-94)
never made a basket at UC Santa Barbara
never scored a touchdown, hit a home run, served an ace or assisted on a goal, but for nearly 30 years, he
was one of the most valuable members of virtually all Gaucho teams.
When an injury ended his
football career at Western Michigan University
chose to devote his
professional career to athletic training.
After earning his master's degree while working as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Utah, he moved to Santa Barbara and the rest is history.
Harry was UCSB's first career Certified Athletic Trainer.
level of dedication to the student athlete was unsurpassed.
While some are more comfortable with paper work and administrative duties, Harry
was more comfortable helping student-athletes.
was taping ankles, rehabilitating or evaluating an injury, or just getting to know them better, he
preferred to be with the athletes.
understood the demands and the ins and outs of each athlete's particular sport.
would adjust his
taping, bracing and rehabilitation style to fit that athlete.
needed to improvise to get the job done, then he
This was just another form of his
devotion to the university and its student-athletes.
was responsible for upgrading the facilities and staffing of the UCSB Athletic Training Room.
is highly respected by his
peers, coaches, athletes and community.
In fact, there were few, if any athletes who came through UCSB
time that were not touched in some way by Harry Callihan