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Employment History


Head Athletic Trainer

University of Texas


Board Member
Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association


University of Texas

Web References (17 Total References)

Board of Directors | Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association [cached]

In July 2001, Michael "Spanky" Stephens became the Executive Director for the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association after working 33 years at the University of Texas and the last 22 as the Head Athletic Trainer.

Making Connections Texas Conference [cached]

Michael "Spanky" Stephens graduated from the University of Texas in 1970 and was the Head Athletic Trainer for the University of Texas for 23 years after serving 7 years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.He is in several Halls of Fame in his profession and the sports medicine field.He co-authored "Healing Winners" with Bill Coates on treating athletic injuries with Aloe Vera.He is presently the Executive Director of the Texas State Athletic Trainers Association.For the past 5 years, he has studied the field of Shamanism with Native American and Peruvian

West Austin Rotary Club [cached]

JOHN DRISDALE, program chair for October, introduced MICHAEL (SPANKY) STEPHENS, of the University of Texas, who presented a lively program on Sports Medicine.


Spanky Stephens, Head Athletic TrainerUniversity of Texas, Austin

The ICE-PAK has been a VALUABLE ADDITION to my program at TCU..

Board of Directors | Texas State Athletic Trainers' Association [cached]

Spanky Stephens

Executive Director
Spanky Stephens
Spanky served 22 years on the Governor appointed Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers and has severed on numerous committee's and focus groups within the NATA and State Government. He also served as the Head Athletic Trainer for the TV show "Friday Night Lights" for 5 years and had several appearances on the show itself. Spanky put together a task force of physicians, licensed athletic trainers, and brain trauma researchers and specialist to write HB 2038 which is now known as "Natasha's Law" which set up and define concussion protocols and return to play protocols for any high school student athlete in the state of Texas. This bill was passed in 2011. For the past 12 years and counting, Spanky has represented the Licensed Athletic Trainers in Texas to make sure Texas has a voice in protecting the Texas Licensure act of 1971 and that each and every LAT in Texas is respected for the job that is given to them concerning the health and safety of the student athletes and athletes in our great state of Texas. Spanky is in several Hall of Fames, University of Texas Hall of Honor, Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, American Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Bellville High School Hall of Fame.

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